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History in Bricks: Cracking the Enigma


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Inspired by the 2014 film "The Imitation Game", I set out to make a project based on mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing, his team and their work at Bletchley Park during the second World War.

It's important to note that this is inspired by the film. As with most films based on real people and history, there's a lot of facts - and historical figures - missing and replaced with fiction in the "The Imitation Game", but I felt the design was so well done and iconic, that I wanted to base this project on the film.

The set will be a model of Hut 11 and its interior, where the world's most advanced computer at the time - the "Bombe" (named "Christopher" in the film) - was located. The purpose of the Bombe and its subsequent variants was to break the "Enigma" - a machine capable of enciphering and deciphering secret messages - and carefully change the outcome of the war piece by piece.

Planned minifigures for this set:
- Alan Turing
- Joan Clarke
- Hugh Alexander
- Peter Hilton
- John Cairncross

The model is still under development, as I want to get the minuscule details right when the film is released on home video. Until then, I will keep updating the model and render more pictures.

It's a long way to go, but if the project is ultimately approved and turned into a real set, any proceeds will be donated to The Bletchley Park Trust. They are working hard to turn Bletchley into a heritage and education centre worthy of the history left behind by so many dedicated people fighting in the shadows of war.

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