Make: Ultimate Kit Guide
By Mark Frauenfelder
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Released: November 2011

MAKE’s Ultimate Kit Guide brings you the top kits of all kinds, from beginner’s crafts to wooden kayaks to advanced robotics and everything in between! Whether you need a gift for the do-it-yourselfer who loves making things, or you want to find the best kits to build yourself, this special issue shows the way, with reviews of 175+ kits selected by the editors of MAKE magazine. In this special issue, we cover:

Robots Electronics & Microcontrollers LEDs R/C Vehicles Tools & Workshop Outdoor & Sport Clocks Home & Shelter Science Toys & Games Craft Siege & Ballistics Wheels Rockets Kit Party! Food Beverages Audio Gear Musical Instruments

In MAKE Ultimate Kit Guide 2012, you’ll also find:

  • The Rally Fighter, the radical DIY car you build at the micro-factory
  • How kits drive innovation, from steam engines to computers to 3D printing and microcontrollers
  • DIY Drones – autonomous plane and copter kits
  • Classic Heathkits and Erector Sets
  • Most Dangerous Kits, and more
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21st century toy catalog!

By Bill

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      Comments about oreilly Make: Ultimate Kit Guide:

      If you're interested in hacking (and by that I don't mean programming, I mean cobbling together various wires, circuits, bits and gizmos to form something new and innovative) then you've probably come across MAKE magazine. The folks at MAKE have released a special edition: MAKE Ultimate Kit Guide 2012. At 101 square-bound pages, and a $9.99 price tag, it's something more than a magazine but not quite a book.

      The first 30 pages are devoted to the kit "industry" itself, with articles on:

      - The Rally Fighter, the radical DIY car you build at the micro-factory
      - How kits drive innovation, from steam engines to computers to 3D printing and microcontrollers
      - DIY Drones – autonomous plane and copter kits
      - Classic Heathkits and Erector Sets
      - Most Dangerous Kits, and more

      Then, it's on to reviews of 175 of the best kits available today - everything from robots to audio gear to food, and much more. You get 2-3 reviews per page, each with a short description and rated on 5 different criteria: Complexity, Components, Documentation, Community and Completeness. There are kits starting at $3 (a "Learn To Solder" badge) up into the thousands (a vegetable oil conversion kit for diesel vehicle, for example). You won't find these at your local hobby store, but with 22 different categories of kits there's bound to be something that anyone will find interesting.

      Personally, I've already ordered an Arduino starter kit, and a South-Pointing Chariot Kit (see the photo, it's a medieval mechanism using a complex geared differential that will always point the same direction). I've also got my eye on the Rally Fighter, a $75,000 off-road racer that's also street legal... wonder if I can buy it a piece at a time over the next... umm... 30 years or so?

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      Eye-opening and inspiring

      By Paul

      from San Francisco

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        Comments about oreilly Make: Ultimate Kit Guide:

        I'm biased since I worked on it, but this is an amazing catalog, like nothing you've seen before.

        Most people don't know this, but over the past couple of years, there has been an explosion of artisan kit-makers creating wonderful and surprising kits, particularly in electronics. This special issue of MAKE opens up this new world of kits by pulling the best of them together for the first time.

        In addition to all the hands-on reviews and personal recommendations, the MAKE Ultimate Kit Guide contains great feature articles about build-it-yourself cars, DIY medical equipment, the ongoing importance of kits to industrial innovation and economic development, and others.

        What this country needs right now is more kits!

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