For the MP-1 mod, I didn't use a custom PCB. It is generic stripboard. Of course, to put any dual-inline-pin IC onto stripboard, you have to cut the traces, or get a stripboard which is prepared for this use already.
It is very simple:
So you can see that the two resistors and disconnection of Pin 26 are due to diligent adherence to the data sheet; perhaps the chip can work without them.