Here are a couple of simple IF amplifiers using obsolete linear IC's.
They are not my circuits ( I think - the 3028/3053 might be ) but I have used them successfully and might save someone some research time hitting the books.
CA/LM 3028 and 3053 are basically the same chip, the '3028 version being good for much higher frequencies than the '3053, although both are completely suitable for HF frequencies. The '3053 in its day was the less expensive chip, although decades later that has reversed. Neither chip is especially common these days, but are still available. The '3028/3053 can probably be duplicated with discrete components, although I have not tried that. These are through hole parts only. A much higher gain amplifier can be made by using the third transistor, but the circuit here does pretty well gain wise, and is easily made stable.
Both '3028 and '3053 were commonly duplicated by proper connection of the transistors in CA/LM 3046 and 3086, the latter being the premium VHF version of the chip. LM3046 was in production until a year or so ago, so should still be readily available in through hole. SMD parts were made, but might be dicier to locate now.
The MC1350 is supposed to be long out of production, and to my knowledge was never offered in SMD, but there are still commercial devices in production that use it, and I see them available in through hole and SMD variants on AliExpress, so I'm not sure what is going on with this part. They could be counterfeits or licensed production, or both. I have a lot of old through hole in stock, so I haven't purchased any in years. I'm tempted to try some of the SMD parts.
Note that on the MC1350 sheet, VR2 is an adjustable gain control. MC1350 is made for low VHF use and it is capable of substantial gain there and at HF, so caution is warranted in using it. Also note that MC1350 and CA3028 have opposite AGC control voltage action.