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Open Panzer Help / Re: Airsoft and Light Outputs
« on: February 11, 2019, 08:41:01 PM »
Hey Brad, glad to hear you got your board fixed, good job on the soldering. Maybe some TCBs will show up on the secondary market, if I hear of any I'll let you know.

I wish HK had told me in advance they were going to discontinue the product, I would have stocked up on extras to hand out to active members!

Show and Tell / Re: small power module
« on: February 11, 2019, 02:52:09 PM »
Good point about the FPV, some do require special voltages.

If you have an FPV camera/transmitter that works on 5 volts, I know one user who powered his via the Aux output and so was able to turn on/off the camera from his transmitter that way.

Show and Tell / Re: small power module
« on: February 08, 2019, 05:41:45 PM »
Is the idea that you would use these instead of current limiting resistors for LED lights? I guess they are certainly cheap enough.

What other purpose for them do you have in mind?

Open Panzer Help / Re: Airsoft and Light Outputs
« on: February 07, 2019, 12:31:04 PM »
Do your MOSFETs also say 23EG? It would seem that HK dug up some old stock boards from 2017 that did not have the correct parts, and have been selling those at the very end. Guess they couldn't say goodbye without a parting gift.

Show and Tell / Re: 1/6 Metalbox Luchs project
« on: February 06, 2019, 08:46:54 PM »
You definitely want the TCB to do the mixing, set the Sabertooth to independent. TCB needs to control all that in order for turn modes, momentum/inertia and other effects to work properly.

Show and Tell / Re: 1/6 Metalbox Luchs project
« on: February 06, 2019, 08:04:10 PM »
I found some APO speed controllers on AliExpress. It appears their main advantage over other options is their ability to handle moderate currents at high voltages. If someone was not running a 24 volt system, there probably would be more cost-effective solutions.

The Sabertooth 2x32 is a special case amongst the Sabertooth line, it uses a software provided by Dimension Engineering called DEScribe to alter settings. Let us know how it works for you.

Show and Tell / Re: 1/6 Metalbox Luchs project
« on: February 06, 2019, 06:38:51 PM »
I will follow along with interest, here and at RC Universe both. The early Panzers (I-II-III) are my favorites. Your weathering is looking very good.

I am curious about the "APO ESC" and the larger red board highlighted in this picture. Do you have links? I am always trying to learn about new products I haven't heard about before.

Open Panzer Help / Re: Gyro Turret lock function
« on: February 06, 2019, 06:10:23 PM »
the order is placed. date for delivery: 20th march
I hope you are very patient! CNY is a real pain every year...

Open Panzer Help / Re: Gyro Turret lock function
« on: February 05, 2019, 04:23:45 PM »
when i am right can you use one from the I/O port as a switch. this should make it possible to turn on/off/toggle the state from the gryo.

Ulrich, usually RC gyros which use a second channel to adjust the gyro settings require that channel to be in standard RC PWM format, but the general purpose I/O ports on the TCB are just on/off. So it is unlikely that would work.

However if you have any spare RC outputs on the TCB that you are not using (depends on your setup, but usually a couple end up being free), then you can set that RC output as a "pass-through" and assign it to one of your free Aux channels (on the Functions tab of OP Config). Then you will be able to control your gyro from your radio using that channel, just as if you were using a standard RC receiver.

When you get your gyro and are doing testing let us know if this doesn't make sense and I'll help walk you through it.

You are right though, for now we all have to suffer through Chinese New Year!

News & Announcements / Re: Project Status
« on: February 05, 2019, 12:44:22 PM »
February 5, 2019

Hobby King has informed us they are discontinuing the TCB as it did not sell as well as they had hoped. This means that as of now there is no way to purchase any Open Panzer product, and for the time being the project is essentially in stasis. Of course we will continue to support those who already purchased TCBs.

The TCB was for sale from roughly the summer of 2017 through November of 2018, however for most of 2017 sales were suspended due to mistakes made by the Hobby King production facility. In total we can say that product was available to purchase for a solid 12 months anyway. During that time approximately 500 TCBs were sold. This is a small number for a large company like Hobby King but for a small open-source operation, selling into one of the smallest market segments in the entire RC industry, it feels like a respectable success.

I am thankful for the enthusiasm of community members, and all the great ideas they submitted, many of which were adopted and made the TCB a much better design.

If we are able to resume production through some other means in the future, of the TCB or any of our other products, it will be announced here.

Open Panzer Help / Re: Voltage of prop1-3 output for soundcards
« on: February 04, 2019, 07:47:06 PM »
That's ok! I'm looking forward to seeing your Luchs moving.

Open Panzer Help / Re: Voltage of prop1-3 output for soundcards
« on: February 04, 2019, 07:34:20 PM »
This information is in the Wiki, but the answer is, Prop1-3 (and actually all 8 RC outputs), as well as the two RADIO connections, provide regulated 5 volts. The TCB can source up to 3 amps for all 5 volt outputs combined.

Open Panzer Help / Re: 24v Battery, Futaba Sbus receiver
« on: February 04, 2019, 12:04:28 PM »
finally, I found it is working with r2008sb.

r2008sb has only sbus, not like the r3008sb which also supports sbus2.

However, only 2 out of 8 position switches, 1 rotary knob can be recognized by OP config. I will try the Delta8 receiver some days later.
It will work with R3008SB if you configure it correctly. 3008 still uses original SBus out the "8/SB" port, and even so-called "SBus2" is not a different protocol, it is the very same thing only it accepts 2-way traffic. Did you try both CH mode B and D? You have not told us.

Every manufacturer is different in how many channels they pass through over the SBus connection. The 10J is FHSS and is considered to be in Futaba's budget line of transmitters (although it is still ridiculously expensive). Possibly it only passes 8 channels over SBus, or even less. Even without SBus, the 10J has rather more physical controls (13) than it does actual channels (10), so inevitably many of the switches are not going to be used or else you need to configure which ones are transmitted.

It is not clear to me the Delta 8 is going to give you anything different, if the limitation is with your transmitter.

Open Panzer Help / Re: 24v Battery, Futaba Sbus receiver
« on: February 03, 2019, 10:36:27 PM »
According to page 29 of the 10J manual, you need to set the R3008SB receiver to CH Mode B or D. It's not clear what the difference is between those two modes with regards to the SBus output, possibly nothing. I would try both modes, and connect your receiver to the TCB using the receiver's "8/SB" output.

If you are able to connect to the TCB with OP Config then VMWare is probably not your issue, otherwise you would have had a problem already before that.

Open Panzer Help / Re: 24v Battery, Futaba Sbus receiver
« on: February 03, 2019, 08:36:11 PM »
To answer your earlier question, no, the receiver doesn't need an extra power source, it obtains 5 volts from the 3-pin connection to the TCB.

Ulrich confirms the R3008SB receiver works, so yours should too. There are two receiver connections on the TCB, try the other one. In other words, you have probably been using the bottom connector which is labelled for SBus, but try the top one too and see if that makes a difference.

Does your receiver turn on correctly? Is there a light or anything on the receiver that you can use to confirm?

I have not used this receiver personally but just looking at images of it, I see there are two SBus connections on it, one labelled "8/SB" and the other "S.BUS2"

I don't know what the difference is but try both of those, and make sure you have the polarity correct. Possibly there may be some settings in your transmitter to enable SBus, I don't know.

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