HOWTO make a papercraft Enigma machine

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6 Responses to “HOWTO make a papercraft Enigma machine”

  1. technogeekagain says:

    There are some good Enigma simulators on the web.

    We forget just how revolutionary the RSA public-key system was…

  2. planettom says:

    Note also Mike Koss’s paper Enigma Machine here (Although it doesn’t include the ring settings):
    http://mckoss.com/Crypto/Enigma.htm

    I made a Flash version of this back in 2005:
    http://planettom.home.mindspring.com/enigma/

  3. Guy Dawson says:

    You really need to build a Geheimschreiber before you need to build a Collossus.

  4. StreetEight says:

    Please don’t ask me to ride in the papercraft U-boat.

  5. Kaleberg says:

    If you are interested in paper computing, you might look up Napier’s bones. They are usually associated with multiplication, but there were also versions usable for division and taking square and cube roots. Some of them are pretty spacy. Check out some of the PDFs at http://infohost.nmt.edu/~borchers/napier/napier.html

    Also, consider looking up nomograms or nomography for some beautiful pre-digital designs. (I actually spoke with one of the great nonogram designers at MIT in the early 70s. He was excited about digital computers and felt the future of computing would involve smart components that could be easily rearranged and rewired. It was an interesting and prophetic talk.)

  6. Peppermint says:

    “Now all we need are papercraft bombes, and a papercraft Collosus, and several thousand papercraft young women to work on code intercepts through the night…”

    And let’s not forget the  papercraft Coventry.

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