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Matt Maw
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When you set up your game you have to make the navigator dial and the chief engineers dials. Please please be aware that there are long ones and short ones. The 2 long bits are for the navigator dial. The shorter ones are for the chief engineers board. I made the drastic mistake of putting the long bits on the chief engineers board. Thus they were loose and absolutely impossible to get apart again. I had to trash it to get it off and as a result it would not now clip together when used for the navigator dial. I then tried to make it fit by supergluing it together with the disastrous result of the glue leaking all over my dial and totally ruining it. The bloody plastic bits did not even stick together ! The whole thing is not exactly ruined but a complete mess! I am so so so piseed off !!! I hope this stops others from having the nightmare i have had. angryangry
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Thanks for the warning mate. I don’t even know what these famous plastic threads look like that I keep hearing about.

Perhaps someone could post pictures? Maybe the devs could post a video even of how to put everything together, and not just the boat.
 
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I made the same mistake, but with the help of a pen and some force I got them apart again without damaging. It took some work and was a tense moment, but it worked out for me
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Artur Salwarowski
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Hi there! Sorry to hear that you have experienced such a problem soblue We could have provided some sort of desciption... To be honest, at the time of writing the rules, I had a very vague idea on how these bits would look like, so I didn't exactly anticipate the problem blush

Anyhow, it seems to me that even if you snap the pieces together, you can still disconnect them by squeezing together the two plastic parts that protrude outside and extend outward (keeping both bits locked). If you manage to do that, then it should be possible to detach one from the other.

Oh, and thank you so much for giving everyone a heads up! While the pieces differ in size (and I do hope most people will get them right because of that), then again I can imagine that it's not that difficult to mix them up.
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Additionally, there is a flatter end and a thicker end to the pins. The flatter end should rest against the table.
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Muttah wrote:
Hi there! Sorry to hear that you have experienced such a problem soblue We could have provided some sort of desciption... To be honest, at the time of writing the rules, I had a very vague idea on how these bits would look like, so I didn't exactly anticipate the problem blush

Anyhow, it seems to me that even if you snap the pieces together, you can still disconnect them by squeezing together the two plastic parts that protrude outside and extend outward (keeping both bits locked). If you manage to do that, then it should be possible to detach one from the other.

Oh, and thank you so much for giving everyone a heads up! While the pieces differ in size (and I do hope most people will get them right because of that), then again I can imagine that it's not that difficult to mix them up.
Thanks . I tried to squeeze the bits apart but it was totally impossible to get them apart. The more I tried , the more damaged they got until the end was all mangled up. In the end I had to drill them apart , if you can believe that ! I ended up having to delicately screw them together , a highly stressful operation ! Oh well , it works now , after a fashion. Oh well , C'est la vie !

I hope it will not be a problem if people want to turn the black disc around. No prob for me now , all I need is a screwdriver ! Maybe its all meant to be.
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bleached_lizard wrote:
Additionally, there is a flatter end and a thicker end to the pins. The flatter end should rest against the table.
The saga continues ! Have just realised I have put the pins on the chief engineers board on upside down , so now the board will not sit flat on the table. cry not sure if I can cope with trying to get these two apart now. Might have to go to bed and try tomorrow.
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Andrzej Fiett
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And all this even before the destroyers began to hunt your U-Boot!

Jokes aside. Thanks for warning and protecting us from making your mistake!
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Destroyers ? Pah ! No problem .
Stupid plastic pins ? Hell on earth
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Actually, the Chief Engineer's board never sits completely flat on the table once you assemble the gauges. And I'm not sure whether the orientation of the pins even matters - there is always a small portion of them protruding from the cardboard on each side, and I guess that cannot be helped if the whole thing is supposed to stay together
 
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Vance Strickland
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You can surely replace these plastic devices with something like this:



https://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Screws-Plain-Pcs-Silver/dp/B0...

Also called "binding posts and screws".
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Sounds like some of these U-BOOTS are lacking Chief Engineers
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FSCB wrote:
Sounds like some of these U-BOOTS are lacking Chief Engineers
Lol.......Good one that. I was thinking of commenting but that one is better!!
 
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FSCB wrote:
Sounds like some of these U-BOOTS are lacking Chief Engineers
Lacking? Certainly not ! Unfortunately my chief engineer is busy working out how to stop the model of the submarine falling apart !
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Lacking the GAME actually - I live in the USA though, so I know they are on their way! Very excited to get my copy!

Thanks for the heads up about the plastic pins.
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With parts looks similar and can assembled in several ways, lay them out and think twice.

A kind of "Measure twice, cut once" rule.

A replacement:
Small screw/bolt, nut and two spacers.
Assemble screw,spacers, nut.
Cut or grind off excess length of screw.
Disassemble.

Install with spacer on each side. Finger-tight nut, and lock it with superglue.





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Matthew Hinerman
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Great.

Now I'm going to be stressing about this when I'm putting it all together. Second guessing every move!

Really though, thank you for the heads up!
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Thanks for the warning mate, I'm waiting my game , once it arrives, I'll be very careful to fit it all together.
 
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Also screwed up. Is it possible to order replacement parts?
 
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Please use this form: http://phalanxgames.co.uk/contact-form.html
 
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bleached_lizard wrote:
Additionally, there is a flatter end and a thicker end to the pins. The flatter end should rest against the table.
Just put mine together today, thanks for this tip!
 
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Craig S.
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I connected the bits for the attack wheel and then realized I forgot the arrow for bearing to target. Luckily, I was able to use a pair of scissor and lever the connectors apart and it did not damage them. I was sure it would, though, and I think I just got lucky.
 
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Well I bought the game today but the pin is still not long enough. There are 3 pins (2 for Chief engineer to stick together arrow on playmat and 1 long to assemble navigation wheel. But its still not long enough to click into place with 3 wheels and arrow together.
 
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Derthiel wrote:
Well I bought the game today but the pin is still not long enough. There are 3 pins (2 for Chief engineer to stick together arrow on playmat and 1 long to assemble navigation wheel. But its still not long enough to click into place with 3 wheels and arrow together.
Contact the publishers i guess. They have been really good with replacement parts etc.
 
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