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Show and Tell / Re: My first dev experience in DIY TCB for tank M26 HL
« on: February 05, 2020, 09:16:29 PM »
Now, after receiving my first work, I know my mistakes, and the author of the project encouraged me by indicating how many versions he released earlier!

I learned that you need to keep track not with wiring in the program, but you need to use terminal contacts!

I will definitely apply this when I do for myself - a sound card Open tank.

As many can see, I started this project in 2019.

I doubted for a long time whether I made the scheme correctly.

As a result, I told myself - do as you see fit, and if you did it wrong - then you can fix it!

After some time, 10 printed circuit boards arrived.
In fact, there was not much difference in price, ordering 5 pieces of boards, or 10. I thought more - not less.

If anything - I will give my first experience, provided that it works, to other enthusiasts.

Show and Tell / Re: My first dev experience in DIY TCB for tank M26 HL
« on: February 05, 2020, 09:01:41 PM »
I have never had any knowledge in the field of electronics.

As they say to the country, Japan is a bad warrior who studies only the military craft.
And when I saw that there was no open alternative, and found experience from the city of St. Petersburg, I realized what needs to be done for myself.

But I do not know how to make tracks in printed circuit boards!

The search engines helped with this, and I got to the EasyEDA website.

It turned out they have a development program!

Left a little!

Deal with the interface of this development program (I will not post links so as not to violate the rules of this forum).

I made such a shame (document 1):

Show and Tell / Re: My first dev experience in DIY TCB for tank M26 HL
« on: February 05, 2020, 08:35:22 PM »
I wrote the DENY here in the private messages section.

I am inclined to think that in Russia we don’t have a friendly atmosphere in this hobby, and he knows and remembers this, since he still hasn’t answered.

A lot of time has passed, and I'm not sure that he saw my message in the private messages section.

I decided that I write my way here, as I can in English, and maybe I can post a pdf in Russian, maybe.

But I doubt that it is in demand in my country.

Luke, let's not talk about this anymore, and focus on the development of your project, and my interpretation.

So that as many people as possible come to your project, and bring a new, useful one, all modelers need it!

P.S. At the end of my story, as I repeated your path using your experience - I will leave on this site - a complete guide in Russian in the format pdf.

TCB Dev / Re: Testing TCB Firmware with Stock Arduino Mega
« on: February 05, 2020, 08:20:59 PM »
Yes, I read that there are some difficulties.

But English is not my native mother tongue, and yes, and the maximum that I was taught in the army was the questioning of a prisoner of war.

Do I understand correctly?

Is there some kind of problem in the code that sometimes the processing position of the smoke machine switch does not occur?

Or am I wrong configuring triggers?

I can’t say for sure at the moment what firmware I have, but I tried the following parameters of your project, and I dance with joy:

The printed circuit board works. Partially figured out how it works.

Checked by:

1. The work of the smoke machine. Damn, cool, there is a proportion. But for today, a bug is saved in the firmware, the author has a note about it, it works.
2. Tower operation (ESC with commutator motor)
3. Work and calibration of the modes of operation of the lifting tool. (as in HL on the gear motor, and from the servo, in the mode of holding the position by deviation (pan-effect)
4. Rollback tools by means of servo. I did not spread Airsoft on my board, because I did it. I parted the pins of the mikrik of the airsoftorudia, and the power unit - laughed.
5. Light, dimensions, brake light, machine gun and their configuration via USB
6. Work from the Sbus successor. (I do not have an Ibus receiver, in my version of the board I implemented work from both types).

Not verified:

1. Work of a high-brightness flash of a shot (not available, there is a connector on the board)
2. Configuring the control board through the broomstick. There is a connector, there is a blue-tooth, it’s just that his hands have not yet reached his tests.
3. The operation of the motion motors, assembled on the tank, and the setting of delays, inertia and other things have not been verified.
4. Also, the logic of the jerk of the tank during firing has not been verified. Luke made changes there.
5. The port has not been tested for connecting the sound card of the openpanzer, Benedini and others, due to the reason I do not have it. I’m working on my version of the sound card from the openpanzer (I’ll just remove the flexibility and versatility of the original as unnecessary and reduce the size).
6. The operating modes of the IR battle and its performance have not been verified. .

TCB Dev / Re: Testing TCB Firmware with Stock Arduino Mega
« on: February 05, 2020, 03:31:16 PM »
Since there is such lively communication that it cannot but rejoice, the project must live and develop, and it is especially pleasing that the author did not abandon the project, I will write my question.

Although I started a separate topic in “show and tell”, at the stage of this post preparation and testing-studying the settings, I was faced with the problem that I can’t configure the settings when I:

I turn on the transmission, and the smoke machine toggle switch is turned off in turn.

The tank starts up and the smoke machine works.

To turn off the smoke machine, I have to click the smoke switch on the machine.

I read inattentively somewhere, and did not understand the settings, or is it not a bug, is it a feature?

How to make sure that if the toggle switch of the smoke machine is in the off position, when the engine starts, the smoke does not work.


I don’t need a ready-made solution, just give me a hint where I should direct my efforts.

I’m interested in sorting it out myself, with a minimum of hints.

Спасибо. Thanks.

Show and Tell / My first dev experience in DIY TCB for tank M26 HL
« on: January 31, 2020, 06:19:32 PM »

Some time ago, I wondered which tank control board I should use?

Will it be branded well-known proprietary control boards of well-known brands, or will I try to do something myself while studying arduino programming, or will it be something else?

It so happened that my searches and throwings led me to a huge work of a person, and I write this blog (I think I was not mistaken with the format and choice of the topic position for this post).

It all started with the well-known store hobbyking, where I came across a TCB board.

It immediately seemed to me very simple, terribly understandable, but there was a problem! The product has already been discontinued!

I was very upset then, and my wallet cried, which saw only one alternative. Proprietary boards of well-known manufacturers.

For some time I left my dream, started studying electronics, arduino, mastered a lot of technologies, went a long way in understanding how the author of the TSB did his great project, and I told myself!

Stop suffering! Quickly raised his ass, and applied the knowledge!

The great work of a compatriot from the city of St. Petersburg and the author’s comments both on this forum and on the forum in my country helped me in this.

(it’s very bad that the owner of the forum DENY does not respond to my requests to help me register on his forum, well then I will write here, on the forum of the author of the project, if this is not interesting and in demand in my country).

And I made up my mind. I decided to make my version of the board for myself, going all the way:

1. Creating a circuit in EasyEDA, repeating the path of the author of the original circuit board.
2. Checking the circuit, and ordering a printed circuit board in another country.
3. Ordering electronic components, a stencil for solder paste, practice soldering components using paste.
4. The study of the labor potential of the respected author of the TSB, in the do-it-yourself version.
5. Getting a board that I can’t buy already, having made it for myself and my projects.

I will write about this in this topic, describing all the difficulties that I encountered, being a dumb military, in the field of electronics.

I apologize, I write in my own language, and use online translators.
I will be glad if my mistakes in grammar and spelling are explained verbatim to me.
I will be glad if they point out the flaws in my engineering approach.
I will be glad to any advice and criticism.

TCB Dev / Re: Testing TCB Firmware with Stock Arduino Mega
« on: January 26, 2020, 11:59:26 AM »
Stencil cost 7 USD.

Not so much money, and there was a big discount for the first order.
In the future, I am going to assemble a homemade plotter to cut a stencil for myself for free.
I really liked how easy it is to make a printed circuit board for your project, without much difficulty.

TCB Dev / Re: Testing TCB Firmware with Stock Arduino Mega
« on: January 24, 2020, 06:03:08 PM »
Well, I soldered.
I start tests and study the settings.

TCB Dev / Re: Testing TCB Firmware with Stock Arduino Mega
« on: January 14, 2020, 08:39:10 AM »
It seems to me pointless to prototype using a 3D printer.

My main mistakes in designing my version of TСB are unnecessarily large openings for connectors, and more functionality could be added.

It is only my fault and inexperience as well as inattention when designing a printed circuit board.

Of course, there are still errors from the technical point of view of the wiring of the conductive tracks, but I do not have the education to understand what I did wrong.

Ordering the first 10 boards, at the first registration costs incredibly little, thanks to the discount of the PCB manufacturer.

There are many ways to get this discount more than once ^ _ ^

TCB Dev / Re: Testing TCB Firmware with Stock Arduino Mega
« on: January 09, 2020, 11:58:31 AM »
LukeZ, I can’t imagine what kind of person you are.

I seriously recommend inspecting your back in the mirror.

There should be wings with white feathers.

TCB Dev / Re: Testing TCB Firmware with Stock Arduino Mega
« on: January 09, 2020, 11:16:22 AM »
Here I am a stupid military moron!

As in that proverb - the elephant did not notice!

Sprinkle my head with ashes and go read FAQ!

Shame on me.

TCB Dev / Re: Testing TCB Firmware with Stock Arduino Mega
« on: January 09, 2020, 10:09:47 AM »
Hi LukeZ!

Reflow soldering paste at home "on the knee" does not seem to me anything complicated.

The simplest is a kitchen stove with temperature control such as REX-C100 + glass.

I also have a soldering hair dryer.

Today I received Arduino Pro MEGA2560, and decided to play around, try out OP Config while the rest of the radio elements are traveling.

I managed to flash, judging by the OP Config logs.

But when I try to connect to OP Config, the port is selected correctly, I tried all the speeds - there is no connection.

I have two options, what is the problem, one is correct one is not.

1. I use Arduino Pro MEGA2560 embedded version from Robotdyn, their bootloader is not correct. It is necessary to reflash.

2. OP Config only works through Bluetooth.

TCB Dev / Re: Testing TCB Firmware with Stock Arduino Mega
« on: January 06, 2020, 08:00:00 AM »
It remains to wait a bit.

Not all lots have arrived.

I will say that this is an exciting lesson and quest!

TCB Dev / Re: Testing TCB Firmware with Stock Arduino Mega
« on: December 19, 2019, 01:52:12 PM »

The boards arrived, it remains to wait for the arrival of the necessary radio elements and nodes.
I like the black! And we will be waiting patiently to see your experiment progress.


Thank you very much for your work in creating all your projects!
I consider them the best solution, with awesome support!
As soon as all the components are delivered and I will assemble the minimum configuration, I want to make a separate topic where I will describe all my first experience in mastering from the first steps - manufacturing.
I would be grateful if you transfer my messages there.

Further setup and more.
I think it will be correct for a separate topic to appear, and someone could repeat my steps.
I’m going to separately post after successful experiments of the initial configuration (only TСB board and drivers) all the files and the operating time of my version of the board and configuration profiles.

I am building your project, with my changes, for my first tank, I have a base HL M26.

I don’t have any experience before in building tanks, the basic electronics of HL tanks have very few features and functions.

P.S. I did not expect PCBs to look so good, this was my first experience with such an order. But I already found the shortcomings of my design, for example, the holes for the pin panels are very large.
It will be necessary to pay more attention to the study of the nuances of designing printed circuit boards.

TCB Dev / Re: Testing TCB Firmware with Stock Arduino Mega
« on: December 18, 2019, 11:41:32 AM »

The boards arrived, it remains to wait for the arrival of the necessary radio elements and nodes.

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