The unfinished kit, you must do everything. Fit all the parts, drill any rivit holes, headspace the barrel, drill the barrel pin slot in the barrel, drill the gas port (to the correct size), install the front end parts, fit the barrel parts to the barrel, etc..
Any builder is going to charge much more then the standard $200-300 build charge...
Total newb to the building of AKs, are all these parts new unused? I semi understand what you are saying about the difficulty of assembling this kit. I am even guessing that a receiver channel is the same as a regular receiver.
I've never built an AK before would this be worth picking up for a first timer? Maybe sending some of the work out as needed if I didn't have the proper tools?
I appologize ahead of time, I never intended on asking stupid questions so soon, I just got interested in attempting an AK build and have just recently started reading all the threads re building, but I'm really impressed with this kit/set up. I could easily see me dumping a couple hundred extra to the Feds for the short barrell on this..
For a first time build, you'd probably want to go with something that's been assembled before.
The 'unfinished' parts, that are already done on a standard 'kit' add complexity, time and expense to the build. By 'expense' I mean more tools to buy.
Buy a kit, and squirrel it away. Then, build a bunch of 'G' Romanian guns to learn on. You don't want to screw up a Yugo Krink. Wait until you can jump in on a group build, or gain confidence enough to build the Krink (or pay someone to build it).
No we brought these brls in before the end of the year ban, I just never mentioned them till we got the rest of the parts here. Ban is on brls like this, its no loop hole. Kits are shipping, were maybe a day or two behind, but most all have been shipped.