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Enigma restoration materials

More than 20,000 Enigma machines were built, but very few have survived. Most of the survived machines are now in the hands of museums and private collectors. Some of them are in excellent condition, but most do not work. If you have an Enigma machine that doesn't work, it might be a good idea to bring it back to life and preserve it to some extend. Using the machine regularly cleans the contacts and keeps the moving parts from binding. In our experience, deterioration of a machine is slowed down, or even halted, when it is handled and operated regularly.

When restoring an Enigma machine, you may need some (reproduction) parts in order to bring the machine back to its original state. Some of these parts are listed below.


Enigma lamp films
The original lamp film of an Enigma machine is made of celluloid — one of the earlies plastics. Unfortunately, celluloid shrinks over time and becomes brittle. It is also flammable, as burn marks will show when improper lamps are used.

Different typefaces were used for the lamp films. We have carefully reconstructed the typefaces that we've encountered over the years, and have made them available as high-quality lithos, and have back-coated them with an off-white colour. The available films are shown below. For Enigma I machines, films A28 or E42 should be used.

 Available from our shop

  

Lamp film A26
Model
Enigma D (A26)
Year
1926
Typeface
Regular
Dimensions
228 × 64 mm
Order code
202/04
  

Lamp film A27
Model
Enigma K (A27)
Year
1927
Typeface
Thin
Dimensions
228.5 × 67 mm
Order code
202/03
  

Lamp film A28
Model
Zählwerk Enigma (A28)
Enigma I
Year
1928-1942
Typeface
Fat
Dimensions
226 × 65 mm
Order code
202/01
  

Lamp film E42
Model
Enigma I
Enigma M3, M4
Year
1942-1945
Typeface
Narrow
Dimensions
230.5 × 66.5 mm
Order code
202/02
  

Lamp film G31
Model
Abwehr Enigma (G31)
Year
1931-1943
Typeface
Special
Dimensions
200 × 59 mm
Order code
202/05
  

Please select the appropriate film before ordering. Check in particular the shape of the letters 'Q' and 'J'. In case of doubt, send use a photograph of your current film so that we can send you the correct reproduction. Please allow a short lead time, as each film is hand-made.

 Available from our shop


Standard battery

Good looking reproduction of the standard Enigma battery, suitable for all Enigma I models, as well as comercial machines A26, A27 and A28. Inside the orange carton enclosure is a modern holder for three 1.4V AA-size batteries.

No longer available
  

M4 battery
Good looking reproduction of the narrow battery of the Enigma M4. Inside the black carton en­closure is a modern holder for three 1.5V AA-size batteries.

Order code: 201/02

 Available from our shop

  

Inserting the battery into a Zählwerk Enigma
The battery inside a Zählwerk Enigma
Inserting the Tanax battery into an Enigma M4
The Tanax battery inside an M4
Reproduction lamp films
Cracked celluloid lamp film
Cracked celluloid lamp film
Cracked celluloid lamp film
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