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Devoted to Fans of Allied Radio Knight-Kits of the 1960s

Were you excited, enthralled, maybe even "hooked" on building Knight-Kits in the 1960s, the way I was? Then find your favorite Knight-Kits, below.

In the late 1950s and 1960s, electricity, electronics, and radio were very high-tech, with an incredible coolness factor. They fit perfectly with the Space Race that was in high-gear, and I knew right then what field I wanted as a career (I ended up with a PhD in Electrical Engineering, and was a university professor for decades until I retired).

I started with this little educational Remco electricity set at age 9, and moved on to this wonderful Gilbert Erec-Tronic set at age 10 (I had the 11082 model with the photocell and relay and two tubes, a 1S4 and a 1T4. As I recall, the price was $26.00).

I graduated to Knight-Kits at age 11. My first exposure to Knight-Kits was this article in Popular Science magazine , in March, 1961. A few months later Allied Radio opened in Milwaukee , Wisconsin on May 4, 1961, and was within bicycling distance of my house. Fantastic. From about 1961 to 1967 I built 14 Knight-Kits. Often, building them was as much fun as using them. The local Allied Radio store would often let me "trade up," essentially buying my used kit when I bought something new. Do you remember waiting in late summer for the mailman to bring the new, big Allied catalog?

My first kit was nearly a Heathkit. My dad took me to the Milwaukee Heathkit store at 26th and Wisconsin Ave. to buy a kit of some sort. But the salesman told us that at age eleven I was too young to build one. We left, went to Allied the same day, where I wanted the Photoelectric Relay, but wiser minds prevailed and I got the Knight Kit Intercom. My first experience soldering went well, and the kit worked perfectly. I even memorized the tube line-up -- something like 35W4, 50C5, and 12AX7? Could be wrong.

By the way, here's an interesting Knight-Kit forum. And here's another person's site with nearly every Allied catalog, complete. Cool!


Below, click a small picture to see a larger one (they are 1200 pixels wide, possibly wider than your monitor. Your browser may reduce the size, so be sure to check to see if you're viewing them full-size). The left column is the 1962 catalog; the middle 1964, and the right column is from 1966. I don't show every piece of test or hi-fi gear, or every "package," but you'll see a good representation of the hobby kits. Enjoy, and think back to the golden era of Knight-Kits.








C-11 Citizen's Band Transceiver
C-27 Deluxe (CB) Transceiver Kit






T-60 60-Watt AM-CW Transmitter Kit
V-44 Self-Powered VFO Kit
100 kc Crystal Calibrator Kit
R-100 Amateur Communications Receiver Kit






G-30 Grid Dip Meter
Z-52 SWR and Z-Bridge Kit
Transistorized Code Practice Kit
R-55 Receiver Kit






Electronic VTVM Kit
1000 ohms/volt VOM kit
20,000 ohms/volt VOM kit






10mc DC Lab Scope Kit






High Sensitivity 5" Wide-Band Scope Kit






Mutual Conductance Tube Tester Kit






AC VTVM with Automatic Range Selection
Manual AC VTVM Kit






RF Signal Generator Kit
Sweep Generator Kit
Sine Wave Audio Generator Kit
Resistor-Capacitor Tester Kit
In-Circuit Capacitor Checker Kit
Low-Cost Flyback Checker Kit






High-Gain Signal Tracer Kit
6V-12V Battery Eliminator Kit
Transistor & Diode Checker Kit
Low-Cost 1000 ohm/volt Pocket VOM Kit
Model 400 Economy Tube Checker Kit
Resistance Substitution Kit
Capacitance Substitution Kit






Transistorized "DX-er" 2-Band Receiver Kit
Span Master 4-Band Shortwave Receiver Kit






Space Spanner 2-Band Receiver Kit
Ocean Hopper Receiver Kit
2-Transistor Radio Kit
5-Transistor Portable Superhet Radio Kit






10-Circuit Transistor Lab Kit
12-in-1 Electronic Lab Kit






Ranger Clock-Radio Kit
Ranger III Superhet Radio Kit
Ranger-III-PC AC-DC Radio Kit
Ranger Radio-Intercom Kit
Low-Cost Intercom System Kit






Low-Cost Wireless Intercom System Kit
Transistorized Wireless Intercom System Kit






Transistorized Electronic Tachometer Kit
12-Volt Ammeter-Voltmeter Kit
Photoelectronic Relay Kit
Light Source Kit
Radio Broadcaster/Amplifier Kit






100-in-1 Electronic Lab Kit








C-555 Superhet Walkie-Talkie Transceiver Kit
C-100 3-Transistor Walkie-Talkie Transceiver Kit






Popular Model C-22 5-Watt CB Transceiver Kit
Deluxe KG-4000A 1-Watt Walkie-Talkie Kit






Star Roamer 5-Band Shortwave Receiver Kit
Span Master 4-Band Shortwave Receiver Kit






Ocean Hopper 6-Band Shortwave and Broadcast Receiver Kit
Space Spanner Shortwave and Broadcast Band Receiver Kit
Popular Radio Broadcaster and Exciting Audio Amplifier Kit
Photoelectronic Relay Kit
Light Source Kit






Ranger III AM Superheterodyne Radio Kit
Ranger III AM Clock-Radio Kit






KG-3000 Transistor Master Intercom Kit
All-Transistor AM Radio Kit
2-Station Economy Intercom System Kit






2-Station Wireless Intercom System Kit
21-in-1 Transistor Laboratory Kit






12-in-1 Electronic Laboratory Kit
100-in-1 Electronic Lab Kit






Precision Transistorized Electronic Tachometer Kit
12-Volt Ammeter-Voltmeter Kit
T-150A 150-Watt AM/CW Transmitter Kit






R-100A Communications Receiver Kit
T-60 6-Band AM/CW Transmitter Kit






R-55A 5-Band Receiver Kit
Model G-30 Grid Dip Meter Kit
Low-Cost 100 Kc Crystal Calibrator Kit






LC-1 Transistor Code Practice Oscillator
Model P-2 SWR/Power Meter Kit






Model Ten-2 Citizens Band Tester








C-560 Deluxe 5-Watt Citizen's Band Transceiver Kit






Safari I 5-Watt CB Transceiver Kit






C-540 5-Watt Transceiver Kit (CB)






C-22 5-Watt CB Transceiver Kit






C-100 Walkie-Talkie






C-555 Superhet Walkie-Talkie






KG-4000A 1-Watt Walkie-Talkie






Ten-2 CB Tester Kit
C-577 Audio Compressor/Preamplifier Kit






P2 SWR/Power Meter Kit
T-60 60-Watt CW/Peak AM Transmitter Kit






R-100A Communications Receiver Kit
R-55A Receiver Kit






Ham Radio Outfits
LC-1 Code Practice Oscillator Kit






G-30 Grid Dip Meter Kit
X-10 100-kc Crystal Calibrator Kit
KG-201 Motor-Speed/Light Control Kit






KG-221 / KG-220 VHF-FM Receiver Kits






21-in-1 Transistor Lab Kit
12-in-1 Lab Kit
100-in-1 Electronic Lab Kit






Electronic Tachometer
Photoelectronic Relay Kit
Light Source Kit
Auto Accessory Combinations






KG-375 Deluxe Solid-State Auto Analyzer Kit
KG-371 Deluxe Solid-State DC-Power Timing Light Kit






KG-210 Solid-State 2-Station Intercom Kit
Lowest Cost 2-Station Intercom Kit
KG-225 Solid-State Wireless Intercom Kit






Span Master 4-Band Shortwave Receiver Kit
Space Spanner 2-Band Shortwave Receiver Kit
Ocean Hopper 6-Band Shortwave Receiver Kit
Ranger III AM Superheterodyne Table Radio Kit






Star Roamer Deluxe 5-Band Shortwave Receiver Kit






KG-275 Super-Sensitive Exposure Meter Kit




If you have any suggestions (corrections?) or just comments,
please send them along to me, Dr. Steve Reyer.