Bend the leads of all the resisters.
Place the 16 5-ohm resisters evenly around (every 2.6 inches) by sticking the leads
into the foam.
This establishes the spacing for the remaining resisters so be reasonably careful
to get each gap approximately the same size but
a few millimeters one way or the other won't matter.
Now the long tedious part -- placing the remaing 136 resisters and attaching all the wires. It is much easier to place one resister (or pair or triplet) at at time rather than placing them all first and then running the wires. Now you would think that the logical thing to do would be to start with one end and attach the wires from the control box to the first set and so on. But this would mean that the long wire ends going to the control box would be flopping around while we do the rest of the job. So the clever thing to do is to start with the middle and do long floppy wires on the ends last.
Here is the wiring diagram:
This diagram represents 1/8 of the heater. The first section connects to the controller box, each section connects to the next and the last connects back to the controller box. The 2, 4, 8, and 16 watt units are represented by blue, green, yellow and red wires respectively. The parallel sets are physically spaced out to more evenly distribute the heat. Though they look separate here, they will be wired in parallel in the controller box.
Cut 16 blue wires about 3" long, 32 red and 16 yellow wires 6 1/4" long, and 16 green wires about 8 1/2" long; strip one end of each (they will be a little long so you'll need to strip the other end at the right length when it is attached.
Here's the first wire installed, connecting two of the 5-ohm resisters. Only 71 to go! Wrap the ends of the wire around the leg of the resister and solder as near the top as possible. Don't worry about frying the resister with the soldering iron; they're pretty tough. Do be careful to make good joints. Check to make sure each solder joint is OK. We're putting wires on only one side of each of the resisters in this first section; the other side will be the long wires from the controller box which are installed last.
Here are the second and third wires installed on 10-ohm resisters. Notice that each wire connects to two adjacent resisters so that they are connected in parallel forming a pair. This is easily done by stripping enough insulation off so that the bare end can be soldered to both resisters. (The triple work the same way, just make the bare wire a little longer.) All wires are routed underneath the resisters.
Here's the first section done except for the wires from the controller box. Note that the green wire connects two resisters in parallel as shown in the wiring diagram.
Here's one of the middle sections completely done: Note that all the wires are routed under the resisters. Don't worry about the fact that it gets to be a tangled mess, in the end you won't see it.
Now for the end sections. Cut 4 red wires, 2 yellow, 1 green, 1 blue, 8 black to 16" length. Strip one end (we'll strip the other when its cut to precise length). Solder them to the last sections as usual but with the ends hanging loose. All 16 ends should come out between one pair of resisters. Bend them over and lay them all side-by-side into a sort of flat ribbon cable (or just use a piece of small ribbon cable but make sure its thin enough that you can still fit your lens cap and dewshield). Its not really necessary to use so many black wires but one is not enough to carry the full current when all the sections are working and using 8 felt symmetrical to me.
When the ring is all done and you've verified that its wired correctly, make sure that all the wires are routed inside the resister legs and then push all the resisters down as far as they will go. Then cut the excess ends of the legs off on the other side of the foam. This is the side you will see so be careful. Compress the foam a bit with your cutters so that the leg is cut off a millimeter or so beneath the surface.
Wire it all up according to the diagram above. The only tricky part is making sure that you get the polarity of the LEDs correct. The LEDs I used had the two legs different lengths and were clearly marked on the package which is which. Be careful, you may fry them if you get it backwards.
Measure for the lengths of the wires by doing a trial installation. Cut them all the same length and then trim them just before soldering.
Twist together the 4 red wires so that their resister nets are in parallel. Ditto for the 2 yellows. All the blacks connect to the negative side of the power input connector (with one looping thru to connect the LED dimmer switch. Put a piece of tape over the wire as it comes over the edge of the box.