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Manifoil MkVIII instructions

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tom2

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Post Fri Oct 22, 2021 6:21 pm

Manifoil MkVIII instructions

Anyone have instructions for a Mk VIII manifoil? Worked as expected using preset code, with first digit on 5th turn, 2nd on 4th, 3rd on 2nd and then 4th (zero) on 2nd, same as Mk IV. Tried to change code and doing same to change mark doesn't work. Lowest disc doesn't align to allow change key right to the bottom of the stack. To get aligned had to do first digit on 6th turn, then rest as normal. But then to unlock needed 6 turns for first digit as well. Moving them all up a turn, i.e 1st digit on 6th turn, 2nd on 5th etc all works, but then the last fixed zero is the odd one out, using 6/5/4 turns, the zero still needs to be on 2nd turn, not 3rd as might expect.
Is 6/5/4/2 turns normal for the Mk VIII ?!
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Post Fri Oct 22, 2021 7:47 pm

Re: Manifoil MkVIII instructions

It is 6L/5R/4L/3R for the code wheels and 2L/1R for the drive cams. Or to summarize it: It's a pain in the ace.
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Post Fri Oct 22, 2021 10:14 pm

Re: Manifoil MkVIII instructions

MartinHewitt wrote:It is 6L/5R/4L/3R for the code wheels and 2L/1R for the drive cams. Or to summarize it: It's a pain in the ace.


Lol, didn't know it was 5 number (inc fixed 0) combination! Assumed 4 like the Mk4, not least since the combination it came with was 4 (inc 0) and there is so little info on the web. Looking properly I see the extra code wheel compared to the MkIV so quite obvious really. But someone has messed with this lock, at least one of the code wheels wasn't clamped, probably just one actually, which I guess allowed it to work with one less number. On close inspection I could see scratches around the code wheels where the tip of the change key had dragged around them, where it shouldn't ever have been. Had to manually work down the stack to get them all unlocked and properly aligned again. Working nice now, will full length combination - thanks to your info, much appreciated!

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