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Build your own Enigma-E case
The Enigma-E manual gives some suggestions on building a wooden box that resembles the case of an original Enigma. All measurements are given in the manual and we've tried to use more or less standard wood sizes. The drawings with the proper dimensions can also be downloaded below, just in case you want to start building a case before receiving your kit.
 
Please note that we are no wood-workers or specialists of any kind. We just wanted to give some guidelines for those who want their Enigma-E to look more like a real Enigma machine. We have tried building the case that is described in the manual ourselves, and the results are shown in the images below. The quality of the pictures is not very high, as we used one of the first generation digital cameras at the time, but it should be sufficient to give you a rough idea.

Also note that it is by no means mandatory to build a wooden case. The links below will show what others have made of their Enigma-E and that there are in fact many different solutions possible. Have fun!

 Download case drawings and dimensions (PDF)
 See how others have built their case
  

 
28 October 2003
We've just started work on the cases, for which we've used the original drawing from the Enigma-E manual. We used glue to fit all parts together and the pictures show the bottom part, consisting of an outer frame and an inner frame, and part of the lid.
 
The lower part Inner frame detail Supporting framework The lid

 
31 October 2003
As you can see, the inner frame has been modified to hold the PCBs. Additional wooden block have been glued in to allow the PCBs to be mounted properly. We've also painted the box, to make it look more like the original box. The Klappe and the top cover have been fitted and the pictures show how this was done.
 
Frame details The front lid Fitting the cover The painted box

 
1 November 2003
The case is now almost finished. The paint has dried up and, as you can see, we've added some labels and logos to the case. In particular, the top cover carries a warning shield Zur Beachtung!, the serial number and, of course, the Enigma logo. Also note the text Klappe schließen on the flap. Although the hardware is not connected yet, we couldn't resist to place the PCBs in the case, just to see what it'll look like. To bad were are giving these boxes away...
 
All labels fitted Klappe schließen Without PCB With PCB Front view Wow...

 
22 February 2004
After giving away our only two boxes to the Bletch Park Museum we felt it was necessary to create another set. Although the wood work was completed several weeks ago, our regular jobs prevented us from finishing them any sooner. We will be conducting a presentation on the subject of the Enigma at the end of this week, so here we go:
 
Enigma-E case MkII Front view Another close-up The displays Using white LEDs... Serial port Power switch Power socket

We haven't changed the dimensions of the case, but we've changed some minor details. The units shown above can be used completely stand-alone. It contains 6 NiCd chargeable batteries and a proper charge circuit. As you can see, we've used a different power switch to the one supplied in the kit. The tumble switch we used, can be fitted in the centre hole of the Steckerbrett. Furthermore, we've added two sockets to the Steckerbrett: one for the serial port and one for the power adapter. A tiny blue LED is mounted in the YiG logo just below the power socket, which comes on when the power adapter is connected. But the most striking improvement we've made so far, is the use of white LEDs on the lamp panel, instead of the yellow ones supplied in the kit.

 Read more about the enhancements we made to the Enigma-E
 Read more about using white LEDs on the Enigma-E
 See how others have built their case
 
Some more pictures
Here are just a few extra images that we couldn't resist to show you. On the left you'll see what was needed to build the cases. Please note the bottle of beer at the back. The picture on the right shows our Enigma-E and a real Enigma side-by-side. It was this Enigma that we used to test our kit against.
 

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