New electronics in August

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Re: New electronics in August

Post by Armortek » Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:21 pm

Phil Woollard wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:20 pm
An important question please Armortek regarding the current motion control module.
Will the new audio module be compatible with the current motion control module, ie if you have the current motion module and now require an audio module will we need to upgrade to the new system?
Yes, the new audio module remains backwards compatible.
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Re: New electronics in August

Post by Ray Brown » Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:10 am

Is/will the new setup be compatible with the Futaba 10J.

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Re: New electronics in August

Post by John Clarke » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:46 pm

I'm sure hoping there'll be good with the Futaba 10c fasst 2.4ghz system too.
Armortek's (2009ish) earlier boxes didn't like the Futaba 14 channel R6014 HS receiver. For some reason channel 3 & 4 didn't work.
Never got to try the Corona R14FA compatible receiver (not available at the time).
Soon find out. :lol:
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Re: New electronics in August

Post by Armortek » Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:53 pm

At long last the new generation of electronics are ready - shipping will start from next week as documentation is updated and option packs are packed.
Thanks for your patience whilst we have been working behind the scenes to get everything working together in as user-friendly a way as possible.

Some of the key improvements are:
Battery isolator switch - completely cuts off power to the electronics in the model
Battery charge indicator – providing an indication of the battery charge so you are not caught short.
4 proportional channels – an increase from the 3 proportional channels with the previous electronics
Improved driving experience – remapped deceleration profile to replicate even more realistic movements of the vehicle.
Increased volume & better speakers – providing 2 channels at 60W
Industry standard connectors - simplifying the power connections between the components.
Smaller "boxes" - Although there are more "boxes" now, they are smaller in size allowing them to be tucked away.

Some images of the new electronics:
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Power distribution module with industry standard user friendly connectors
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Motion Control A with clear labelling on the wiring
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Motion Control for Turret Turn and Gun Elevation in turreted tanks or winch in the quads
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Recoil Module
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Re: New electronics in August

Post by Stephen White » Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:04 pm

A major enhancement, very welcome. Looking forward to running it with the more powerful power train in the Chieftain. The increased memory in the Bendini TBS Mini V2 sound card will be especially useful. Thanks Kian.

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Re: New electronics in August

Post by Steve Norris » Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:28 pm

They look very nice and a worthwhile upgrade to the electronics. It looks like a far more logical set up with everything well labelled and laid out.
I know in the past that the connecting up of the various modules and associated rc cables has been a bit of a black art especially for the first time buyers and even now after doing this many times I still find myself double and triple checking before powering up.
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Re: New electronics in August

Post by Christoffer Ahlfors » Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:18 pm

Very nice looking! :D

How does the battery charge indicator work? Is that not chemistry dependent?
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Re: New electronics in August

Post by Chris Hall » Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:42 pm

Looks interesting ..... but I'll need to read the instructions before I come close to understanding it all !

Which pack handles the 'pre-programmed' gun actions, like with the Mark IV and the promised one for the M3 ?

Look forward to hearing more about it at the Open Day,

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Re: New electronics in August

Post by David Battson » Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:20 pm

Hi Kian,
Very well done with this new product, looking forward to using the more powerful and smaller electrical systems. One question though, please can you confirm whether or not the new Audio Module supports the older 'quick back/slow return' recoil servo systems ? If so, is it going to be the early system which powered the servo down on return or the later constant power version (the early system was much better as the latter results in permanent servo chatter).

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Re: New electronics in August

Post by michael hilton » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:00 am

Good morning everyone, great news, I have been eagerly awaiting the release of these 'options'. I know it's not easy to expose the 'internals' in these models however, on the occasions I have been asked ' what makes the tank run' I take great pleasure in showing what goes on within and mainly unseen.
With some thought and planning during the build, it is possible to reveal if asked, at least some of options. The new coloured boxes look very professional. Nice one Armortek. Can't wait :) ....Mick

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Re: New electronics in August

Post by Phil Young » Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:48 am

Morning all.
Well done Kian and his backroom band of wiggly wizards! I look forward to hearing my Tiger 1 & 2 at last!
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Re: New electronics in August

Post by John Clarke » Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:51 pm

Looking good 8)

Love to know more about the sound module,

Is it programmable?

Can you easily control volume on the amp?

Can it control main gun flash, main gun smoke and aux machine gun?

and finally can it control exhaust smoke output, (fan speed)?

This last one was a great option with the Benedini sound modules.

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Re: New electronics in August

Post by Adrian Harris » Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:17 pm

Once I get the pack for the M3 Lee, I'll be able to check my fan control module is compatible with the new wiring.

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Re: New electronics in August

Post by Armortek » Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:14 am

At the open day there will be a table set up with the new electronics laid out and working so you can see (and test) how it all fits together and works.

To answer a few of the questions raised:
• The electronics themselves have been designed to be backwards compatible with the last two generations of electronics (i.e going back to 2010). That is not to say that arts will not work with earlier equipment, but we would need to look at them on an case by case basis.
The connectors are not all backwards compatible, but that is a relatively easy fix and we will provide adaptor cables where needed. It does mean that if you order something for an older generation of electronics, we will need details on what you currently have installed and how. photographs will be KEY.

• M3 Gun pack - this is not shown in the photographs as it is a bespoke product just for the M3 Lee/ Grant.

• Recoil - the only recoil options supported are the never "Cam" system and the older powered servo system.

• The Exhaust Smoke fan is (as it was in the last 2 versions of electronics) powered by the main drive output. The fan comes on when the tank starts moving and stops a few seconds after the tank stops moving.
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Re: New electronics in August

Post by John Clarke » Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:41 am

Thanks for the quick response to my questions, sadly I cannot make the open day, but hope the display will answer many of our questions and not just the electronics package.
LOPP :D

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