Tynemouth Software reports that the pre-ordered Minstrel 4D kits are now shipping from The Future Was 8 bit. The Minstrel 4th Z80 computer is back this time sporting a disk drive, Serial, RC2014 Slots and a MiniPET 40/80 Style Keyboard.
To fill orders, they managed to assemble the largest collection of microcontrollers and EPROMs that anyone could expect to see in 2022. All of which needed to be programmed, three devices per board, an EPROM and two microcontrollers. With all the shortages, who would have expected to see this many logic chips in one place. Will we ever see the like again?
The manual probably deserves a post of it’s own. I think this is the best manual I had done (certainly the thickest).
An awful lot of time and money went into developing these kits, and a lot has been invested in sourcing the parts required to assemble all these kits. This isn’t Kickstarter, all the bits have to be purchased in advance.
I don’t know if I will ever be able to do anything like this again. I hope so, but it’s really at the end of the day down to whether they sell. We know it’s not a great time to be asking people to buy something they can’t eat or heat their homes with, but this is something of a last roll of the dice for us.
The Minstrel 4D kits are shipping now, you can order one from The Future Was 8 bit
More info in the post here. And see the video below:
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