At first glance that looked expensive, but just to point out that price includes the mrcrouse custom focus adapter ($35) + shipping ($60) - $15 shipping refund (overestimated). A 2W polished v2 costs much less than $300, you got all the bells & whistles + a discount
I am always going to break minisabre kits into 2 shipments from now on, it's only an extra $15 to send a 2nd package & absolutely worth getting it through customs. It's 99% more likely to get through than sending 1 package and having it held up or inspected.
As per the build in the article- I like it. I almost went the same direction for my current set up as I started pricing gear. As a tinkerer, it is always a tough call of build it or buy it. In the end the barter system won out when my neighbor needed some computer work and had some extra lumber from a recent garage Everybody was happy. quoted spam lnk