Well this reply is going to be rather academic. Let me explain...
I already did what you suggested before checking this post just now. I removed the bigger C2 capacitor first. There are NO markings on that part at all. With the part out of the circuit, I measure on that part 58.5 ohms one way, and 60.5 ohms the other way. Not sure why the difference, but thinking it was possibly an electrolytic caused me to check both ways. Now measuring across the pads where C2 used to be, I see 2.36 Mohms one way and 9.16 Mohms the other way. Again, not sure why the difference.
Now the kit works better. At least all the leds light up brighter. The kit works as it should. Then I took C1 out of the circuit (what to loose?) and the part was destroyed in the process. I noticed no change in measurements or performance with C1 out of circuit. Now vcc is pulling the battery down about 0.2 volts, so still the resistance isn't high enough. I dunno?
Anyway, it's time to switch gears and start the Peaberry V2 kit. I thought the start would be soldering, but instead I'm in torroid winding land. Never done that before, so I'm giving it a good go on my own. This is fun.
I am gratefull to experience SMT soldering on this dice kit before starting the radio. It's been about 10 years since working on stuff this small. Back then, I didn't need any glasses or magnification. Today... well... you know