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I think I read this in an anthology. Some guys start to order parts from mail catalog, super-transistors and other components that are really sent by aliens. I cannot really remember how it ended. Does anyone know the title?

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Isn't that the plot of This Island Earth? That was serialised at first before it became a novel.

As user14111 comments, the story you're looking for was "The Alien Machine" by Raymond F. Jones.

The protagonist is an engineer who orders parts from a catalog and receives unexpected components and instructions to build a mysterious device called an "interocitor".

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    Hey thanks a lot. This is the one I was looking for. – Mike Poplas Apr 28 '15 at 16:07
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    @MikePoplas You can accept the answer by clicking on the check mark. – user14111 Apr 28 '15 at 21:01

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