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Alternative cases
Some users have sent us pictures of the case they've built for their Enigma-E machine. It may help you to decide what kind of case, if any, you want to build for your kit. Have we got images of your kit already?

  • Joachim von Geisau, wooden case
    Joachim is currently building a wooden case, similar to the one described in the Enigma-E manual. He is using beech wood, which is harder than pine, but still easy to work with.

  • Anton steenbakkers, wooden case
    Anton has just completed his first oak wood Enigma case and has given us the first two photographs of it. The design is different from the one in the manual and show some interesting ideas.

  • Mark Dement, wooden case
    Mark Dement in the USA has also built a wooden case, which resembles the original Enigma case, and he has sent use some pictures of it. These cases are now also available for others. Check out the link above. Mark has also experimented with a mechanical Enigma replica.

  • Milton Ferguson, wooden case
    Milton is a well respected member of the Americal Cryptogram Association and is one of the first buyers of an Enigma-E kit when it was introduced in November 2003.

  • Fred Knight, wooden case
    Fred Knight has created a case that resembles the original Enigma case really well. Not only did he use some well seasoned pine wood panels, he also used the same methods to create the combed joints at the corners of the case. No surprise if you realise that Fred is an ex-woodwork teacher...

  • Wolfgang Abratis, wooden case
    Yet another wooden case, built in Germany, by Wolfgang Abratis. Made of oak wood, this case has some nice details. Wolfgang managed to find original key caps for this keyboard and created a unique lock similar to an original Enigma lock. He also designed an alternative lamp panel and replaced the Zur Beachtung placard in the lid by a Merkblatt.

  • Peter Meijer, wooden case
    Peter clearly is an electronics hobbyist. Not only has he built a nice wooden box for his Enigma-E, he has also designed an alternative power circuit, using only two AA size batteries. Furthermore, he found a way to use morse code without the need to add an extra buzzer.

  • Geoff Sullivan, enhanced Enigma-E
    As a contibutor of the Enigma-E manual, Geoff finally found the time to finish off his Enigma-E kit and build it in an appropriate case. At the same time, he enhanced the Enigma-E design in several ways...

  • Keith Holdway, Enigma-E case from MDF
    This is the first example of an Enigma-E case made from MDF. Keith has painted the MDF is such as way that it resembles a real Enigma machine. Furthermore he made some modifications to the case, in order to accomodate the power and serial connectors as well as a power switch.

  • Alan Eades, portable Enigma-E
    Alan decided to design an alternative case rather than a wooden box. He used the case of an old portable typewriter and added various new highlights.

  • Stephen Hersey, wooden Enigma-E case with many extras
    Stephen was so kind to take images of all stages, when building his Enigma-E. He added some nice extras, such as a red filter for the displays, a removable lamp cover, a laminated keyboard, and a very large battery.

  • Tobias Schrödel, Enigma-E used for IT security lectures
    Tobias uses his Enigma-E (in a wooden case) for IT security presentations and caries the machine in his pocket whilst passing through airport security. This has, of course, raised a few eyebrows...

  • Brian Beesley, Just to impress my friends...
    Brian built his Enigma-E in just two days, and housed it in a wooden box. He's not sure what he will be using his Enigma-E for, but it will certainly help to impress his friends.

  • Peter Blümer: I wanted to use real wheels...
    Peter was impressed by the cases that other user have built, so he wanted to add some nice extra details. He wanted the wheels to look as real as possible.

  • Charles Catt: Next I will build the UhrBox-E
    After seeing the Enigma machines in the German Naval bunker at Guernsey, he wanted to have his own Enigma machine. Check the nice details of his case.

  • Daniel Rörick, high-tech look with aluminum frame
    Daniel has found some nice aluminium profile and combined it with semi-transparent plexiglass, to create a high-tech case for his Enigma-E.

  • Silvio Coccaro, full plexiglass case
    Silvio has created a very modern-looking plexi glass case for his Enigma-E. Recently, he made a few improvements and posted them to his website. He also has a PDF document describing his Enigma-E.

  • Dan de Bruijn, wooden storage box
    Dan got his Enigma-E kit for Christmas and wanted a wooden box for it. After several attempts, he finally found this box, that was large enough to hold the Enigma-E, a battery pack, the patch cables and the serial port cable.

  • Milos Dermota
    Milos is a radio ham in Slovenia (S57D). He built his Enigma-E and did all the suggested modifications and improvements. It worked first time. A friend made a very good wooden case for him. He also made a video that can be viewed on YouTube.

  • Mike Ledermueller
    Mike took the job of building his Enigma-E kit so serious, that he copied every detail of the M4 on our website with great perfection. He made a lot of photographs and a video to demonstrate the end result. Plus he made a time-lapse video that shows the assembly of an Enigma-E in just a few minutes...
Is your case listed?
If you've also built a case for your Enigma-E, which is not listed here, please send us some photographs and a brief description. We will then make it available to others through these pages.

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