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Show and Tell / Re: Great board!
« Last post by osika on September 29, 2020, 08:33:29 AM »
Yes quite a great design and somewhat surprised it isn't being grabbed up for production for all the reasons already pointed out.
So hoping soon it will be available again! 
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Open Panzer Help / Re: Auto start not turning off?
« Last post by LukeZ on September 28, 2020, 12:44:09 PM »
More often than not it's something simple like that! I'm glad you figured it out.
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Open Panzer Help / Re: Auto start not turning off?
« Last post by osika on September 28, 2020, 12:16:45 AM »
Figured it out :) Had start toggle "on" when powering on..so as simple as that lol. Re-centered radio and the cannon seems to fire properly
using switch now.
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Open Panzer Help / Auto start not turning off?
« Last post by osika on September 27, 2020, 07:11:16 PM »
Overall great experience with TCB but a few quirks..have auto start off on TBS (manual start). Start/stop on switch toggle function.
Set auto start on throttle stick. At first when power up engine would start with first movement of throttle then after use toggle for  for stop and restart.

Now when powering up tank, engine starts up with out touching anything? Took throttle start function off but still auto starts on power up?
Not a huge issue just weird and wondering if anybody had that happen?  Also cannon also fires fully when using left stick (up/ center) but not always when using trigger switch? Machine gun always works perfectly with switch.

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Show and Tell / Re: Great board!
« Last post by LukeZ on September 27, 2020, 07:23:08 AM »
Hi Osika, I'm glad you like it and you are fortunate to have found one after such a long time out of production.

I am hopeful the board will be available again someday, but I think the wait will have to be a little longer still. When or if it reappears I will of course let everyone know!
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Show and Tell / Great board!
« Last post by osika on September 26, 2020, 10:56:02 PM »
Just want to share how much I am enjoying using the TCB! I had read quite a bit about it before and wished I bought a dozen before production stopped. But was lucky enough to get one from somebody in the EU. My only experience was using the BARC with TBS which was not a bad idea to convert the stock tank and RX 18 to something good. But this board is amazing and again want to thank all involved in creating it. Literally everything in terms of how to use is spelled out clearly and in the end the main thing.. it is FUN. I am spoiled using this board..so fingers crossed you guys will get it back in production!
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Open Panzer Help / Commission a new board?
« Last post by osika on September 25, 2020, 11:33:55 PM »
I managed to acquire a board and it is great. Would love to have another, but since it is no longer in commercial production..looking to see
if anybody would be willing to build one for me? I anybody is interested you can PM me or email me directly at thomas@osikasculptor.com
either way..really appreciate all the work done in making this and the support in detailing every aspect in setting up and how to use :)
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Show and Tell / Re: Started my T-35 Tank (Thanks to Dean Rauch)
« Last post by JPS99 on September 24, 2020, 10:41:43 AM »
Hey Joe, it's looking good. It must be cool to see an actual "thing" start to materialize in front of your eyes from what were just spools of filament to begin with!
....... Using a stencil greatly helps with placing an appropriate amount of paste, though it is possible to overdo it even then. I would suggest getting one for Kim's design. Occasionally for some packages it ends up being easier to just hand-solder, I found this to be the case with the ATmega processor on the original TCB, but I reflowed everything else.

Thanks Luke. Yes, getting all those wheels mounted and working well is a big step.
Next is figuring out the transmission.
Next big hurdle is the TCB.   My drag soldering is not bad and fixing solder bridges is no problem either. The motor driver package is something rather intimidating. They will almost certainly need to be done in the reflow oven. I should look into getting a stencil.

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Show and Tell / Re: Started my T-35 Tank (Thanks to Dean Rauch)
« Last post by LukeZ on September 24, 2020, 09:23:18 AM »
Hey Joe, it's looking good. It must be cool to see an actual "thing" start to materialize in front of your eyes from what were just spools of filament to begin with!

It's definitely true that less is more when it comes to solder paste, I seem to have to learn that lesson over and over. This is especially the case on ICs with small pins located close together, or on chips with multiple pads underneath (too much paste and the pads will bridge, and there is no way to fix it after the fact). Using a stencil greatly helps with placing an appropriate amount of paste, though it is possible to overdo it even then. I would suggest getting one for Kim's design. Occasionally for some packages it ends up being easier to just hand-solder, I found this to be the case with the ATmega processor on the original TCB, but I reflowed everything else.
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Show and Tell / A little more progress on my T-35 Tank
« Last post by JPS99 on September 23, 2020, 06:15:46 PM »
Now that I have the suspension components figures out, I've begun the assembly of the lower hull. I've attached some photos for your perusal.

I'm waiting on some 5mm brass shafts to start building the transmission with. I'm using the "Krasi50" gearbox that was added to Dean Rauch's files on Thingiverse. It looks like an interesting design but I only have a single photo to work from for the assembly. Things will probably start to make sense once I begin fitting the gears in. I'll upload the photo for those interested.

I recently made a 'reflow oven' from a toaster oven and did a small board in it today.  It worked out pretty well, but I need to be more sparing with the solder paste it seems. I had to fix a few solder bridges, but the process appears doable.  I'm not ready to attempt Kim Anderson's TCB Hat yet, but I'll have to eventually if I want to get this tank moving!  :P



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