Intro to the Open Panzer Project - and a new Control Board

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Postby Kaczor » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:07 am

Ok. I think my friend have cable. Benedini was out of stock when I order but he said that board would configured for OP. This is new V2 version, maybe that is why have some problems. Thank you.
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Postby Snipah » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:55 am

Hi I too am new to discovering the features the OP TCB offered.

I have a very large RC collection and this was a perfect solution to me. I like real tanks sounds so on the HL/Torro/Mato tanks that I own I gut the electronics and put in my own solutions. Read that as an OP TCB set up with a sound solution (Benedini or other)

Luckily for me as Kiwi, Hobby King has an Australian warehouse and had plenty of the TCB's in stock and I bought 2. When it was announced about the discontinuance I purchased all the remaining stock on offer (22 x boards) They will all be going into my models (Tanks, Boats, Trucks and even warships) www.taskforcekiwi.com

Wanted to thank Luke and others involved in this project for making this available to the community.

PS even wrote to Hobby King to advise them of their short sightedness :/
When I buy a board I buy other stuff at the same time etc....

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Postby LukeZ » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:55 am

Welcome Snipah, and thanks for being such an enthusiast! Let us know how you get on, there is a Show and Tell section in the OP Forum if you ever want to highlight one of your many models.
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Postby Eastern Front » Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:34 am

Ok,

I had a thought,
If everyone here that wanted one would go to Hobby kings website, select the board and add it to your wish list and then send a message to be notified when it would be back in stock they may start reproducing...

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Postby wibblywobbly » Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:51 am

Snipah has hit the nail on the head, HK could sell the TCB, esc's, and a sound board as a package, and they would sell batteries and tx's, and rx's on the back of that.
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Postby Snipah » Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:08 am

You got it, its like "would you like fries with that?"
Plus they need to be inundated with enquiry and lost sales :-)

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Postby jimbo_wa » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:40 am

Got the last one in the UK warehouse in January and managed to get two from the AU warehouse before Snipah cleaned them out too!

I left a review asking for new stock on Hobbyking and also have it on my wish list...

Hope that other retailers move forward with the project too.


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Postby midlife306 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:56 pm

I sold my soul to the devil to get another two, think I’ll need 3 for my T35
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Postby Snipah » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:20 pm

3 boards? Crikey!
Is that the 3D printed tank? Awesome project by Dean if it is the one I was thinking of?

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Postby LukeZ » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:24 pm

Any of you doing TCB builds that others would be interested in knowing about, please post links in this thread so we know to follow them!
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Postby midlife306 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:21 pm

Snipah wrote:3 boards? Crikey!
Is that the 3D printed tank? Awesome project by Dean if it is the one I was thinking of?


Yes it’s Deans T35-A, I printed it in 1/16
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I’m now well underway printing one at 1/6
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There will be 3 boards in the big one to control the 3 main turrets with recoil etc
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Postby LukeZ » Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:40 pm

For those interested, here is Dean's original build thread. He used only a single TCB to my knowledge, but I don't know if all the turrets are functional or not.

Wayne, 3 TCBs seems probably unnecessary. By using the onboard turret driver for the main turret, and using a serial motor controller for the main drive motors, you free up 4 RC outputs. These can be used with the pass-through functions and cheap ESCs/servos to control 2 more turrets for a total of 3 turrets from a single TCB (where each turret will have both rotation and barrel elevation control). You could control all 4 turrets if you eliminate barrel elevation from 2 of them.

But, you are right that you would only have one turret with servo recoil. If you used a Taigen mechanical recoil unit you could have one turret with mechanical recoil and one with servo recoil.

Anyway you have a lot of experimenting ahead, but regardless I hope you have a radio with lots of channels!

I would encourage you to post your build progress in Dean's thread to keep that one going and I know he would appreciate the homage to his design.
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Postby Snipah » Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:26 am

First TCB build story from me starting on Openpanzer Forum if interested adding a TCB to a 1/16th landing Craft http://openpanzer.org/forum/index.php?topic=198.0

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