"Big Nick," KC9KEP, does amazing work. He's been building classic late-1930s/early-'40s ARRL Handbook receivers (plus some others) and good-looking as the League originals were, his are even better. If you like building your own ham gear, he's a inspiration.
On the other side of the Atlantic and a generation or two more recent in technology, the clever Tim Walford (Walford Electronics) has been turning out very nice kits for some time. I've built one, a nice 80-meter QRP transceiver, and it was fun to build and fun to use on the air. He's added an antenna tuner and his answer to the problem of providing a variable inductance is one of the best ideas I've seen. Go to this page and scroll down to Antenna Matching Unit. Yes, he's using a short piece of ribbon cable and a set of short traces on the PC board to make a coil! His notes say that particular solid-wire jumper went unavailable, so he's redesigning it for an alternative coil and I'll be interested to learn what that will be. Good equipment from a good guy.