Received the kits in good shape and in a reasonable time frame. Shipping ended up being more than indicated - apparently due to import duties.
Build instructions involved a series of links from the Tindie site. Other kits have a one click link to assembly instructions from Tindie. I know - bookmark it for easier reference.
The students had fun building the kits (second kit for them) and they enjoy the results of their efforts.
Learned real fast to teach them how to use "silent mode" at school!
Response from Jeff Murchison | Jan. 10, 2017
Glad you and the students enjoyed building the kits! If you have any more feedback on them as you / the students use them more, be sure to let me know.
I will definitely consider changing the product documentation link to make it easier. It currently goes to a page where you just have to select the version of the kit to reach the actual instructions page. This was to help others who had purchased previous versions of the kit, so they wouldn't get linked to the wrong instructions.
Regarding import duties, I charge as close to cost as possible for shipping fees but sometimes (especially with larger value orders) you may be required to pay import duties (essentially, taxes and brokerage fees) to your local delivery carrier. Unfortunately these are out of my control as they're charged by the local government / carrier.