Depends on the skill of the players. Even with all my books I could manage it in 15-39 minutes depending on the concept for the character, but most of my friends could take 1-2 hours to finish even a something as simple as a fighter/rogue.
The Reaper is always just a step behind me . . .
You're a necromancer, it's undead. To the party you're a bomb disposal expert in this situation: If they see you running, they should try and keep up.
Know the one thing I miss about 2nd ed.? Oversized Holy Symbol as a weapon. Nothing like showing people your faith, by bludgeoning them to death with it.