Good news, the µKENBAK-1 kits are coming back soon! I am working with a machine shop to recreate a 1/2 scale version of the original case from the 55 year old engineering drawings, thanks to the support of the original case manufacturer, Bud Industries. Sign up below to receive a notification when new kits are available.

If you prefer an assembled and tested unit, a small quantity of prototypes are available here.

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This kit is a 1:2 size replica and the case was designed using the 55-year-old engineering drawings provided by Bud Industries (the creator of the original “Grand Prix” case used by the original Kenbak-1.) You will receive a professionally-made printed circuit board, all components, a steel case with CNC’d aluminum ends, a laser-engraved front panel, and a spiral bound assembly/instruction manual.

In addition to the original functionality of the Kenbak-1, this kit includes a real time clock module so you can display your kit as a clock with three modes: BCD clock, counting clock, and binary clock. It can also connect to a terminal emulator on your PC via USB to allow you to upload programs rather that having to toggle them in byte-by-byte. The kit can be powered by a USB power supply, or connected to your computer.

Assembly is easy, even with beginner soldering skills. You can see the build instructions here.

Kit will be available soon, with a target date of July.

I love it! The colour, the heft of it… I’d seen photos of course, but they’re even better in the flesh.

Additional information

Shipping Weight 18 oz
Shipping Dimensions 12 × 4 × 4 in