How it all started...

Some years ago I watched the movie Enigma on TV and got so excited that I decided to buy one. But soon I learnt that one could not often buy such a machine and if so for astronomical sums only. First I was highly disappointed, but then I thought: Could I build one myself? Yeah, why not?

After researching thoroughly and having been looking at a zillion photos but lacking any engineering drawings or plans I got started. The only real basis for my project was some old patent documents. About a free slots no download no registration later my first Enigma was complete. To be honest, not exactly true to the original, but working and at first sight of pretty good quality.

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I am an ambitious guy, so I decided to build a much better one. But where could I get the engineering drawings from? There was a simple answer: From an original Enigma. I found a location where there was a rare four-rotor Enigma (M4) and was allowed a week to disassemble, measure, sketch and photograph it. Back home, I had 260 sketches and a smart card full of photos - all in all, a brilliant basis for making a high-quality replica.

After creating a complete 3D model on the computer, I was finally able to start working.

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