I bought this as an empty PCB since I had all the parts in my workshop. I would recommend getting the complete kit, as it is not much saving sourcing your own parts. Assembly is straight forward, I did not follow the assembly guide since the silkscreen on the PCB explain exactly what part goes where. It takes a few hours to assemble the system but it is not to difficult even for a novice. And after powering up the kit for the first time it jumped directly into SCmonitor. And hooking up an IDE-to-CF adapter and a CF card, I could jump directly into CP/M. I would highly recommend this kit.
I built my LiNC80 SBC over a weekend. I only needed three long sessions with a soldering iron and one session to install the chips and jumpers. Much to my delight, the LiNC80 worked correctly first time. So far, I've only been looking at what the onboard ROM can do. There's so much to learn, using a very capable SBC. I'm looking forward to adding an IDE CF card and getting CP/M running. Wow!
This is one of the best Z80 based kits out there, and I have quite a few (having a weakness for anything Z80 or 6502 based). Fabulous documentation and back story too. Don't hesitate, get, build, learn and enjoy.
I received my LiNC80 SBC1 kit a short time ago. Yesterday, after having located a suitable timeslot, I compleded the construction. I enjoyed this puzzle, which took something like 5 hours. The guide, that comes along with the kit, is easy to follow. Give yourself the time to enjoy assembling it. It's not about getting from point "A" to point "B" in the shortest possible time, rather a walk through teckniques that are still more rare in our parts of the world. In my next free time slot, I'll wire the SBC1 to my computer and power up the SBC1. So I've still got the famous "Hello World" ahead of me :-) I'm also looking forward to do some experiments with the CTC and IDE interface. It's going to be a fun autuum :-)