TK40 Series Tank Gamming Controller

TK40 series RC tank Gamming Controller

World's First integrated RC tank controller with Ultrasonic ESC

THIS IS NOT 100% PLUG AND PLAY BOARD, SIMPLE CHANGE IS NEEDED FOR FULL OPTIONS

(specifications and design are subject to change without notice)

Overview

  • TK40 series controller is the successor of successful TK24 controller, uses 4-CH conventional PWM or 10-CH  S.BUS  RC system to control R/C tank's forward/backward movement, sharp turning, pivoting, turret rotation and gun barrel evaluation at variable speed

  • Ultrasonic ESC*3  for two track motor and turret rotation

  • Carefree reversing

  • Ultra Low turn-on resistance FET for track motor ESC

  • 22KHz, 8-bit high quality sound with digital sound mixer

  • Maximum of 5 channel of sound track, main gun, machine gun, turret rotate, gun barrel elevation and engine sound can be generated at the same time

  • 3W sound output power

  • 0.8A BEC

  • EPM*2 for gun elevation(EPM1) and turret rotation/gun traverses(EPM2) 

  • Wide operating voltage rage, from 7.2 to 12V, support  3S Li-Po battery

  • Support air-soft gun with sound synchronization

  • Support TAMIYA and HL IR battle unit and format

  • Support RealRecoil servo port

  • Support Recoil Solenoid for 2nd Machine Gun( MG2 )

  • G variant Support gun barrel stabilizer

  • Safety shutoff prevents unwanted movement while signal lost

  • Auto R/C signal detection

  • Miniature design(60mm X 50mm X 20mm) for 1/25~1/16  R/C Tank

  • V2 Smoker driver

  • Adjustable Low Battery threshold

Terminology

Ultrasonic ESC is the ESC block which switch FET at ultrasonic speed, make motor rotation extreme  smooth and quite. start voltage of ESC can also be adjusted for different type of motor.

 

Carefree reversing: Unlike some other control board, there is no need for TK series board to delay before being commanded to reverse, can go from full forward immediately to full reverse or vice versa
 

EPM ( ESC/PWM module) is peripheral which can be switched to ESC or PWM mode, allows the user to drive brushed motor or servo motor, in ESC mode, ESC port is enabled, can be used to drive brushed motor, In PWM mode, PWM port is enabled to driver servo motor, sound effect stopped when servo motor reach end point, TK40 has 2 EPMs for gun elevation(EPM1) and turret rotation/gun traverses(EPM2),

 

EPM No.

ESC/Ultrasonic ESC port

PWM port

EPM1 5th and 6th Pin of CN9 J4

EPM2

7th and 8th Pin of CN9

Note:ESC in EPM2 is

Ultrasonic ESC

J5

  

RealRecoil allows you to recreate real gun barrel recoil movement with single & cheap servo motor

 

Recoil Solenoid allows you to recreate MG/Auto cannon barrel recoil movement with Solenoid

 

V2 Smoker driver smoker fan/compressor speed is proportional to engine RPM and Load

 

V2  Mixer turning is achieved by reducing track speed and also increase opposite track speed to achieve smoother turning.

 

Adjustable Low Battery threshold cut off ESC output when battery voltage is lower than threshold, and threshold can be adjusted according to type and cells

 

 

Product Identification System

 

Device TK40 TK40 series Tank Controller
     
Variant Blank Standard
  S S.BUS interface
  P Sound Programmable
  A1 105A track current ESC (CN6, CN7)
  G2 Support Gun Barrel Stabilizer
     
Sound Pack T1 Tiger I
  KT King Tiger
  CH2_V1 Challenger 2 ver. 1
  ..... Refer to TK Sound Pack webpage for more information

   

Variants

Device

TK40S

TK40

Remote Control System

2.4G RC system with S.BUS

2.4G RC system with S.BUS/PWM

Control Scheme 10-CH 4-CH

User Sound Programmability

YES, TK40SP YES, TK40P

TAMIYA IR battle

Compatible

YES

YES

HL IR battle

Compatible

YES

YES

VsTank IR

battle

Compatible

YES

YES

TAMIYA 1/35 IR battle Compatible

YES

YES

Damage Simulation

on track

YES

YES

 Damage Simulation on turret rotation

YES

YES

Long range IR battle

(>30M)

YES

YES

Engine Sound Simulation

 V2

Multi-Sample-Set,

Frequency Shift and Level,

+ Revving

 V2

Multi-Sample-Set,

Frequency Shift and Level,

+ Revving

Neutral Gear

YES

YES

Sound set for

specific tank model

YES

YES

Track driver Current

20/60/105A*

20/60/105A*

Track driver

Momentum Effect

(Soft start/stop effect)

with ON/Off Control

YES

YES

Turret Rotation Speed Control

YES

YES

Gun Elevation Speed Control

YES

YES

Gun Elevation Servo Port

YES

YES

2nd MG sound and Light effect

YES

YES

*Upper Hull Functions (CN9) Mode is set to MG2 Mode

AirSoft with Sound Synchronization support

YES

YES

TAMIYA Recoil Unit Support

YES

YES

RealRecoil

YES

YES

Smoker driver

YES

YES

Proportional Smoker driver

V2

proportional to engine

RPM and Load

V2

proportional to engine

RPM and Load

Head Light on/off control

YES

YES

Tank Personalization

YES

YES

LED GUN FLASHER Port

YES

YES

Chassis Recoil On/Off

Control

YES

YES

Vertical Gun Barrel Stabilizer

NO

NO

Turret

Heading-Hold

(Horizontal Gun

Barrel Stabilizer)

NO

NO

Auto Load Position

NO

NO

Engine Deck Level Detection

NO

NO

Kit contained

TK40SP board*1,

channel cable*4

TK40SP board*1,

channel cable*4

Price

(USD)

TK40SP:150

TK40S:125

TK40SP:150

TK40S:125

Release Schedule

Released

Released

* 20A if to connect motor from on-board connector, 60A if hardwire motor to PCB pads, 105A for A1 board

 

Hardware Variants

Variant Code

Description/Notice/Change/New Features

Release Schedule

-

Standard Specification, 20/60A track current. Class-A audio amplifier

Released

A1

105A track  current ESC (CN6, CN7) Per-Order
   

 

 

 

 

Software Revisions

Software

Package

Name

Description/Notice/Change/New Features

Release Schedule

V1

-10-CH S.BUS control scheme,

- UltrasonicHz ESC for track and turret rotation.

- Ver.2 Bootloader

- V2 Smoke driver,  is proportional to engine RPM and engine loading

- V2 mixer, turning is achieved by reducing track speed and also increase opposite track speed to achieve smoother turning.  

Released

Motion adaptive Engine Sound and suspension Simulation Package

 

- Motion adaptive, engine load and engine RPM are changed according to motion sensor.

-Track sound

-Update fee: $90 include motion detector

 

TBD

   
   

 

Boot loader Revisions

Boot Loader is a application, executed in TK board, to handles software update, sound pack programming and setting data update

Version

Description/Notice/Change/New Features

Release Schedule

Ver.2

-Auto Sound pack change detection

-Auto Clean at software update

Released

  

Accessories

Part Number

Description

Configuration IR REMOTE

For Tank Personalization function

IR005

Std. IR battle emitter kit

IR010

High Power IR battle emitter kit

CAB001

1.25mm pitch cable connector for connecting IR LED or Gun Flash LED

HL Cable Set

Motor Cable *2

Battery Cable *1

Speaker Cable *1

Smoke Unit Cable *1,

Smoke Unit Switch Cable (no switch) *1

8P Inter-connection Cable *1

Volume Control Cable( no VR ) *1

HL Power Cable

One end to TK20, another end to battery, one switch in the middle

IR Programming Line

5P connector with IR receiver & Red LED indicator, and  a 2.54mm-pitch Jumper

 

TBU BASE

Base and cable to connect TK board to TAMIYA Battle Unit. a 2.54mm-pitch Jumper is included

 

GBS Unit

Gun Barrel Stabilizer unit

  

4-CH Conventional PWM mode control scheme

Booming Cannon

 

TK40/TK40P : Fire MG2

TK40PG2: GBS on/off

 

Cannon elevation

 

Turret rotation

 

Neutral Gear Shift In/Out :

Track motor does not move when shift to natural gear

 

Engine sound on/off  

Fire MG:

 

Head light control on/off

 

Tank move forward and backward

 

Right and  Left turn

 

  

10-CH  S.BUS mode control scheme

Transmitter: FS-i6S, self-centering VrA and VrB type Radio

 

RX:FS-iA10B

Receiver to TK40 board connection

Receiver

TK40SP
CH1 No connection
CH2 No connection
CH3 No connection
CH4 No connection
CH5 No connection
CH6 No connection
CH7 No connection
CH8 No connection
CH9 No connection
CH10 No connection
i.Bus SERVO CH1
i.Bus SENS No connection

 

 

Layout Command

S.BUS

Channel assignment

Tank Right and  Left turn

CH1 (Stick)

Tank move forward and backward

CH2 (Stick)

Cannon elevation

CH3 (Stick)

Turret rotation

CH4 (Stick)

SwB: Up

SwC: Center -> Up

Natural Gear Shift In/Out

Assign SwB to CH7

Assign SwC to CH8

 

SwB: UP

SwC: Center -> Down

 

Engine start/stop

Assign SwB to CH7

Assign SwC to CH8

 

SwB: Center

SwC: Center -> Up

N/A

Assign SwB to CH7

Assign SwC to CH8

 

SwB: Center

SwC: Center -> Down

N/A

Assign SwB to CH7

Assign SwC to CH8

 

SwB: Down

SwC: Center -> UP

N/A

Assign SwB to CH7

Assign SwC to CH8

SwB: Down

SwC: Center -> Down

 

Head light On/Off

 

Assign SwB to CH7

Assign SwC to CH8

SwA

UP: Smoke Unit  On

DW: Smoke Unit  Off

Assign SwA to CH5

SwB

N/A

Assign SwB to CH6

VrA

 

UP:  Fire Cannon

MID:

DW: Fire MG1

 

Assign VrA to CH9

VrB

UP:  N/A

MID:

DW: Fire MG2

Assign VrB to CH10

        

 Specification

Parameter

 

Unit

Maximum current of track ESC, connect motor to on-board connector

20

A

Maximum current of track ESC, connect motor to pads on PCB

60

A

Maximum current of track ESC, A1 variant,  connect motor to pads on PCB

105

A

Maximum current of turret and cannon elevation ESC

6

A

Maximum current of Smoker Driver

6

A

Maximum supply voltage

11.4

V

Minimum supply voltage

7.2

V

 

Connector and pin assignments

 

TK40S/SP S.BUS version

Connector

Description

 

Upper Hull Functions (CN9) Mode

 

Airsoft Tamiya Recoil MG2 Recoil Solenoid

SW

Switch Cable Port

HL tank already have power switch on battery cable path, so additional  switch is no longer required, just to short pins in this port by jumper or connect to a switch cable and keep it switched on.

 

CN1

Battery Power

1. Battery +

2. Battery -

CN2

Infrared Port

1. HBU/TBU +

2. HBU/TBU SIG

3. HBU/TBU -

4. TBU FLASH LED -

5. TBU FLASH LED +

CN3

Gun Flash Port

1. Battery +

2. Strobe Trigger

3. Battery -

4. AirSoft/Recoil Switch

5. AirSoft/Recoil Switch

1. Battery +

2. Strobe Trigger

3. Battery -

4. TAMIYA Recoil Unit Switch

5. TAMIYA Recoil Unit Switch

1. Battery +

2. Strobe Trigger

3. Battery -

4. Not connected

5. Not connected

CN4

Sound Volume

1. Volume Signal Output ( Wiper pin of VR )

2. Battery -( 1 outside pin of VR )

3. Volume Signal Input ( 1 outside pin of VR )

 

CN5

Speaker

1. Speaker -

2. Speaker +

CN6

(*x/1)

Ultrasonic ESC1

Connect to left track/steering motor

CN7

(*2/2)

Ultrasonic ESC2

Connect to right track/propulsion motor

CH1

S.BUS RX

1. Battery -

2. +5V

3. Signal

CH2

N/A

1. Not Connected

2. Not Connected

3. Not Connected

CH3

(*2/0)

Engine Deck Level Switch Port

1. NO CONNECTION.

2. SWITCH

3. SWITCH

* To close Pin1 and Pin2 when gun barrel travels above engine deck

CH4

MG2 LED

Connect to a MG2 LED:

1. N/C

2. LED +

3. LED -

CN9

Upper Hull Functions

( Turn, Lift, Shoot, Light)

1. MG1 LED-

2. Head Light LED-

3. MG1 LED+, 

    Head Light LED+ &

    AIRSOFT Motor+

4. AIRSOFT Motor-

5. GUN ELEVATE MOTOR (*0/4)

6. GUN ELEVATE MOTOR*0/4)

7. TURRET MOTOR (*0/3)

8. TURRET MOTOR(*0/3)

1. MG1 LED-

2. Head Light LED-

3. MG1 LED+, 

    Head Light LED+ &

   TAMIYA Recoil unit 

   green Wire

4. TAMIYA Recoil unit white Wire

5. GUN ELEVATE MOTOR(*0/4)

6. GUN ELEVATE MOTOR(*0/4)

7. TURRET MOTOR(*0/3)

8. TURRET MOTOR(*0/3)

1. MG1 LED-

2. Head Light LED-

3. MG1 LED+, 

    Head Light LED+ &

   MG2 Recoil Solenoid+

4. MG2 Recoil Solenoid-

5. GUN ELEVATE MOTOR(*0/4)

6. GUN ELEVATE MOTOR(*0/4)

7. TURRET MOTOR(*0/3)

8. TURRET MOTOR(*0/3)

CN10

(*3/0)

Smoke Unit

Connect to smoke unit

CN11

Smoke Unit Switch

Connect to smoke unit switch

Switch on (Short circuit): smoke unit is on

Switch off (Open circuit): smoke unit is off

J1

IR Battle Emitter Port

To work with IR battle emitter(IR010)

1. IR LED +

2. IR LED -

J2

(*5)

RealRecoil Servo  Port

RealRecoil Servo Port is always turned ON, no setting is needed to turn it on

1. Signal( White Wire)

2. +5V ( Red Wire)

3. Battery - (Black Wire)

See RealRecoil section in Assembly Guide

J3

Cannon Flash Port

1. Cannon Flash LED +

2. Cannon Flash LED -

J4

(*1/5)

Gun Elevation Servo Port

1. Battery -

2. +5V

3. Signal

J5

(*3/3)

Turret/Gun traverse Servo Port

1. Battery -

2. +5V

3. Signal

J6

Programming and GBS unit Port

To connect TK Programmer or GBS unit

 

TK40/TK40P/TK40PG2

Connector

Description

 

Upper Hull Functions (CN9) Mode

 

Airsoft Tamiya Recoil MG2/GBS Mode

SW

Switch Cable Port

HL tank already have power switch on battery cable path, so additional  switch is no longer required, just to short pins in this port by jumper or connect to a switch cable and keep it switched on.

 

CN1

Battery Power

1. Battery +

2. Battery -

CN2

Infrared Port

1. HBU/TBU +

2. HBU/TBU SIG

3. HBU/TBU -

4. TBU FLASH LED -

5. TBU FLASH LED +

CN3

Gun Flash Port

1. Battery +

2. Strobe Trigger

3. Battery -

4. AirSoft/Recoil Switch

5. AirSoft/Recoil Switch

1. Battery +

2. Strobe Trigger

3. Battery -

4. TAMIYA Recoil Unit Switch

5. TAMIYA Recoil Unit Switch

1. Battery +

2. Strobe Trigger

3. Battery -

4. Engine Deck Switch

5. Engine Deck Switch

CN4

Sound Volume

1. Volume Signal Output ( Wiper pin of VR )

2. Battery -( 1 outside pin of VR )

3. Volume Signal Input ( 1 outside pin of VR )

 

CN5

Speaker

1. Speaker -

2. Speaker +

CN6

(*x/1)

Ultrasonic ESC1

Connect to left track/steering motor

CN7

(*2/2)

Ultrasonic ESC2

Connect to right track/propulsion motor

CH1

Steering control signal

1. Battery -

2. +5V

3. Signal

CH2

Throttle control signal 

1. Battery -

2. +5V

3. Signal

CH3

(*2/0)

Multi function control signal 1

1. Battery -

2. +5V

3. Signal

CH4

Multi function control signal 2

1. Battery -

2. +5V

3. Signal

CN9

Upper Hull Functions

( Turn, Lift, Shoot, Light)

1. MG1 LED-

2. Head Light LED-

3. MG1 LED+, 

    Head Light LED+ &

    AIRSOFT Motor+

4. AIRSOFT Motor-

5. GUN ELEVATE MOTOR (*0/3)

6. GUN ELEVATE MOTOR

7. TURRET MOTOR (*0/4)

8. TURRET MOTOR(*0/4)

1. MG1 LED-

2. Head Light LED-

3. MG1 LED+, 

    Head Light LED+ &

   TAMIYA Recoil unit 

   green Wire

4. TAMIYA Recoil unit white Wire

5. GUN ELEVATE MOTOR(*0/3)

6. GUN ELEVATE MOTOR(*0/3)

7. TURRET MOTOR(*0/4)

8. TURRET MOTOR(*0/4)

TK40/TK40P:

1. MG1 LED-

2. Head Light LED-

3. MG1 LED+, 

    Head Light LED+ &

   MG2 LED+

4. -> 200ohm->MG2 LED-

5. GUN ELEVATE MOTOR(*0/3)

6. GUN ELEVATE MOTOR(*0/3)

7. TURRET MOTOR(*0/4)

8. TURRET MOTOR(*0/4)

 

TK40PG2:

1. MG1 LED-

2. Head Light LED-

3. MG1 LED+, 

    Head Light LED+

4. Not Connected

5. GUN ELEVATE MOTOR(*0/3)

6. GUN ELEVATE MOTOR(*0/3)

7. TURRET MOTOR(*0/4)

8. TURRET MOTOR(*0/4)

CN10

(*3/0)

Smoke Unit

Connect to smoke unit

CN11

Smoke Unit Switch

Connect to smoke unit switch

Switch on (Short circuit): smoke unit is on

Switch off (Open circuit): smoke unit is off

J1

IR Battle Emitter Port

To work with IR battle emitter(IR010)

1. IR LED +

2. IR LED -

J2

(*5)

RealRecoil Servo  Port

RealRecoil Servo Port is always turned ON, no setting is needed to turn it on

1. Signal( White Wire)

2. +5V ( Red Wire)

3. Battery - (Black Wire)

See RealRecoil section in Assembly Guide

J3

Cannon Flash Port

1. Cannon Flash LED +

2. Cannon Flash LED -

J4

(*1/5)

Gun Elevation Servo Port

1. Battery -

2. +5V

3. Signal

J5

(*3/3)

Turret/Gun traverse Servo Port

1. Battery -

2. +5V

3. Signal

J6

Programming and GBS unit Port

To connect TK Programmer or GBS unit

      

Installation Guide

Set Upper Hull Functions (CN9) Mode to match your tank hardware configuration (HL AirSoft, TAMIYA Recoil or MG recoil),

Disconnect RX-18 and plug cables to the same connector on TK board,

Set Sound Volume to middle

Install a switch cable (for example, HL Smoke Unit Switch Cable) to SW connector( Switch Cable Port)  as power switch.

 

Because HL tank already have power switch on battery cable path, so additional switch is not required, just to use a jumper to short pins in SW Cable port or connect a switch cable and keep it switched on.

 

When high current track motors are used, such as 400/480 motor, power switch on battery cable path will not be able to handle, connect a switch cable (for example, HL Smoke Unit Switch Cable) to this port as power switch.

Connect a recoil servo to J2(Optional),

Rewire Air-soft unit if you want to elevate and depress gun directly, see "HL Gun Elevation and AirSoft Correction" section

Connect channel cables to receiver according to RC mode( See picture "TK series connector and pin assignments" ) . if you are not sure what mode you RC system is, just swap CH2 and CH3 and try again.

 

TK40 board has BEC( Battery eliminate circuit), can power receiver through channel cables, no additional battery is needed for receiver

 

Set CH1, 2 and 3 trimmer on transmitter to center position, Set CH4 trimmer on transmitter to most left or right  position,

Connect power adaptor( See FAQ )

Switch on TK board and transmitter, you should hear turret traverse sound. if not, please contact us.

gently move CH4(Multi function control signal 2) trimmer to center till turret traverse is gone.

gently move CH2(Throttle ) trimmer up and down if you hear motor hum sound.

Cannon firing sound should be generated and recoil servo should moves when move CH3 stick to most top position, if not, gently move CH3(Multi function control signal 2 ) trimmer up and down till it work correctly.

You are all set

Disconnect power adaptor and connect battery( make sure that battery is fully charged).

 

Installation Video Guide on Internet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eIRTIMyl2g

 

S.BUS setup

Transmitter:

1.Turn on Transmitter i6s and enter setting function, go to system->output mode, than set Serial to S.BUS

2. Enter aux channel setup, set channel 5 to SwA, channel 6 to SwD, channel 7 to SwB, channel 8 to SwC, channel 9 to VrA and channel 10 to VrB

3. Go to system->stick mode, then set to M1 mode

4. Go to end points page, set end point to 100% for every channel.

 

Receiver and control board:

1. Plug connector with S.BUS label on it into S.BUS port on receiver.

 

 Recoil Unit Installation

TAMIYA recoil unit installation( set Upper Hull Functions (CN9) Mode: to TAMIYA RECOIL MODE )

STEP1. disconnect white and blue wire from recoil unit switch( see arrow in yellow), add cable connector to recoil switch( see arrow in red ), left green-white-blue cable not touched ( see arrow in green)

STEP2. green wire and white wire in green-white-blue cable goes to 3rd pin on CN9 and 4th pin on CN9(see arrow in green), black and red wire in red-black cable goes to 4th and 5th pin on CN3(see arrow in red).

 

 

HL recoil unit installation:

STEP1. Set Upper Hull Functions (CN9) Mode: to HL Recoil MODE,

STEP2. Connect detection SW( Pressed-to-Short type ) to 4th and 5th pin on CN3 or via the plug (Yellow and brown wire) from  HL HIGH-TENSION FLASHER. Latest released HL recoil unit already has detection switch on it.

STEP3. connect motor - to 4th pin on CN9.connect motor + to 3rd pin on CN9.

Asiatam recoil unit installation:

STEP1. Set Upper Hull Functions (CN9) Mode: to Asiatam Recoil Mode

STEP2. Connect  Recoil motor + to 3rd pin on CN9.connect motor - to 4th  pin on CN9.

STEP2. Connect detection SW to 4th and 5th pin on CN3 or via  the plug (Yellow and brown wire) from  HL HIGH-TENSION FLASHER

 

 

 

 

 Tank Personalization( Patent Pending)

Settings of TK series board can be changed by a IR configuration remote as IR command transmitter, and TAMIYA battle unit(TBU),  Heng-Leog battle unit(HBU), or our IR configuration line as IR command receiver.

 

Steps to change settings:

STEP 1: Turn power off, Turn power off, Turn power off,

STEP 2: Plug programming line/TBU/HBU through TBU/HBU base into CN2 Infrared Port ,  

STEP 2: Install a jumper to J2 as shown below, Turn power on,

STEP 4:Refer to function table listed below, point IR configuration remote to TBU/HBU/Programming line receiver, and press the button of setting that you want to change,  "*" sign in function table means the default setting that is programmed in factory

STEP 5: Indicator on TBU/HBU flashes according to new setting value.

STEP 6: turn power off, remove jumper on J2, then turn power on and TK board runs with new settings.

 

Type of Tank determines Battle Date when doing IR battle( See Variants section )

Type of Tank

Tank Mobility, Turret rotation and Gun barrel evaluation speed

 vs.

Hit taken

Damaged

State

Badly Damaged

State

Destroyed

State

Heavy Tank*

1~4 hits taken

5~8 hits taken

9 hits taken

Medium Tank

1~3 hits taken

4~5 hits taken

6 hits taken

 Light Tank

1 hit taken

2 hits taken

3 hits taken

HL Tank

1~2 hits taken

(Note)

3~4 hits taken

(Note)

5 hits taken

Note: HENG-LONG TANK doesn't have Damaged State and Badly Damaged State. speed reduction can be turned off by Speed reduction in damage state and Speed reduction in badly damaged state function.

 

Type of Tank

Reload Time

Recovery Time

Invulnerability time

Heavy Tank*

9 sec.

15 sec.

10 sec.

Medium Tank

5 sec.

15 sec.

12 sec.

 Light Tank

3 sec.

15 sec.

15 sec.

HL Tank

3 sec.(Note)

15 sec.

10 sec.(Note)

Note: Suggested Value, can be changed by Reload Time and Invulnerability time setting function

 

Function tables:

Save current setting to PRESET 1: Press number key "1" on IR Configuration Remote to save,

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

Save to PRESET 1

1

Indicator flashes when setting is saved

 

Save current setting to PRESET 2: Press number key "2" on IR Configuration Remote to save,

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

Save to PRESET 2

2

Indicator flashes when setting is saved

*Once you've adjusted everything, you can push "1" or "2" to save current setting to PRESET 1 or 2. If you don't do this saving the board remembers the last settings.

 

Use saved settings: Press "ENT" or "SOUND MODE" Key on IR Configuration Remote to select.

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

Use PRESET 1 setting

1

 

Use PRESET 2 setting

2

 

Use Factory Default Setting

( Read-Only )

3

To restore factory default value in case of setting data is messed up.

*To switch between the presets you press either "sound mode" or "enter" button, once the preset is selected, switch tank off and remove setup jumper. Switch back on and away you go.

 

Mixer Mode: Press  (MUTE) key on IR Configuration Remote to select.

Available Settings

Indicator flashes times

Description

Mixer Mode 1

1*

Tank mode 1

CH1 controls rudder, CH2 controls throttle.

Proportional steering, sharp and pivot turn* are supported

Left Track

Right Track

Pivot

Turn

Sharp

Turn

Proportional

Steering

Proportional

Steering

Sharp

Turn

Pivot

Turn

 

Mixer Mode 2

2

OFF mode

CH1 controls left track, CH2 controls right track

 

When using triple differential gear box,

CH1 controls steering motor(CN6),

CH2 controls propulsion motor(CN7)

Mixer Mode 3

3

Tank mode 2

CH1 controls rudder, CH2 controls throttle,

Proportional steering and sharp turn are supported

Left Track

Right Track

Sharp

Turn

Proportional

Steering

Proportional

Steering

Sharp

Turn

   

Mixer Mode 4

4

Half-Track mode

CH1 controls rudder, CH2 controls throttle,

Support proportional steering only.

Max. turn ratio ( speed ratio of left and right track at hard left and right turn) can be configured form large (4) to small (8)

Left Track

Right Track

Proportional

Steering

Proportional

Steering

 

Mixer Mode 5

5

Mixer Mode 6

6

Mixer Mode 7

7

Mixer Mode 8

8

*pivot turn is also named as super spin.

 

Mixer Mode: Press  (MUTE) key on IR Configuration Remote to select( S.BUS version: TK40S, TK40SP )

Available Settings

Indicator flashes times

Description

Mixer Mode 1

1*

Tank mode 1

CH1 controls rudder, CH2 controls throttle.

Proportional steering, sharp and pivot turn* are supported

Left Track

Right Track

Pivot

Turn

Sharp

Turn

Proportional

Steering

Proportional

Steering

Sharp

Turn

Pivot

Turn

 

Mixer Mode 2

2

OFF mode

CH1 controls left track, CH2 controls right track

 

When using triple differential gear box,

CH1 controls steering motor(CN6),

CH2 controls propulsion motor(CN7)

Mixer Mode 3

3

 Triple differential gear box simulation mode

(World of Tank Mode )

 

CH1 controls rudder, CH2 controls throttle.

Left track speed = Throttle - rudder

Right track speed = Throttle + rudder

Mixer Mode 4

4

Tank mode 2

CH1 controls rudder, CH2 controls throttle,

Proportional steering and sharp turn are supported

Left Track

Right Track

0%

Turn

Proportional

Steering

Proportional

Steering

0%

Turn

   

Mixer Mode 5

5

Half-Track mode 1

CH1 controls rudder, CH2 controls throttle,

Left Track

Right Track

50%

Turn

Proportional

Steering

Proportional

Steering

50%

Turn

   

Mixer Mode 6

6

Half-Track mode 2

CH1 controls rudder, CH2 controls throttle,

Left Track

Right Track

75%

Turn

Proportional

Steering

Proportional

Steering

75%

Turn

   

Mixer Mode 7

7

NA,Do not select this mode

Mixer Mode 8

8

NA,Do not select this mode

   

Upper Hull Functions (CN9) Mode: Press "POWER" key on IR Configuration Remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

TAMIYA Recoil MODE*

1*

To use TAMIYA recoil unit:

CN3, Pin4:TAMIYA Recoil Unit Switch

CN3, Pin5:TAMIYA Recoil Unit Switch

CN9, Pin3:TAMIYA Recoil Unit green Wire

CN9, Pin4:TAMIYA Recoil Unit white Wire

HL AirSoft MODE

2

To use HL AirSoft:

CN3,Pin4:HL AirSoft Unit Switch

CN3,Pin5:HL AirSoft Unit Switch

CN9,Pin3:HL AIRSOFT Motor +

CN9,Pin4:HL AIRSOFT Motor -

Asiatam Recoil Mode

3

CN3,Pin4:Asiatam Recoil Switch

CN3,Pin5:Asiatam Recoil Switch

CN9,Pin3: Asiatam Recoil Motor +

CN9,Pin4: Asiatam Recoil Motor -

MG2 LED/ Recoil Solenoid Mode

4

CN3,Pin4:NC

CN3,Pin5:NC

CN9,Pin3: LED +/Recoil Solenoid

CN9,Pin4: LED -/Recoil Solenoid

 

Receive TAMIYA IR Code: press "TV/VIDEO" or "->[]" Key on IR Configuration Remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

Enabled

1*

Tank react to TAMIYA IR code

Disabled

2

 

 

Receive HL IR Code: press "VOL DOWN"  Key on IR Configuration Remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

Enabled

1*

Tank react to HL  IR code,

Disabled

2

 

 

IR Battle Preset Data: press  "MTS" or "A/B" Key on IR Configuration Remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

TAMIYA Heavy tank

1*

Reload Time = 9 seconds,

Invulnerability time = 10 seconds,

Max. hit can take = 9 hit.

TAMIYA Medium tank

2

Reload Time = 5 seconds,

Invulnerability time = 12 seconds,

Max. hit can take = 6 hits

TAMIYA Light  tank

3

Reload Time = 3 seconds,

Invulnerability time = 15 seconds,

Max. hit can take = 3 hits.

Heavy Armored Vehicle

4

Invulnerability time = 10 seconds,

Max. cannon hit cam take = 1 hit

Max. machine gun hit can take = 24 hit.

Medium Armored Vehicle

5

Invulnerability time = 10 seconds,

Max. cannon hit can take = 1 hit

Max. machine gun hit can take = 16 hit.

Light Armored Vehicle

6

Invulnerability time = 10 seconds,

Max. cannon hit can take = 1 hit

Max. machine gun hit can take = 8 hit.

HL tank

7

Reload Time = 3 seconds,

Invulnerability time = 10 seconds(Note1)

Max. hit can take = 5 hits,

Reserved

8

 

Note1: Reference setting for HL Tank

Momentum effect On/Off: Press "SLEEP(0x36)" or "" on IR Configuration Remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

Off

1*

 

ON

2

 

Reload Sound On/Off: Press "Timer Off(0x3C)" or " "on IR Configuration Remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

On

1*

 

Off

2

 

 

Taking a hit hull recoil On/Off: Press "JUMP(0x3B)" on IR Configuration Remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

On

1*

 

Off

2

 

 

Strength of taking a hit hull recoil: Press "CH Up" or "PROGR +" key on IR Configuration Remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

1

1

Small( 1 ) to Large( 16 )movement

:

:

6

6*

:

:

16

16

 

Firing tank gun hull recoil On/Off: Press "SURROUND(0x29)" on IR Configuration Remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

On

1*

 

Off

2

 

 

Strength of firing tank gun hull recoil: Press "VOL UP" key on IR Configuration Remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

1

1

Small( 1 ) to Large( 16 )movement

:

:

6

6*

:

:

16

16

 

RealRecoil servo direction: press "CH down" or "PROGR -" key on IR Configuration Remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

Normal

1*

 

Reversed

2

 

 

Speed reduction in damaged state: press "3" key on IR Configuration Remote to select.

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

-6.25%

1

 

-12.5%

2*

 

-18.75%

3

 

-25%

4

 

-31.25%

5

 

-37.5%

6

 

-43.75%

7

 

-50%

8

 

 

Speed reduction in badly damaged state: press "(?)","DISPLAY" or "DRC-MF" key on IR Configuration Remote to select.

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

-6.25%

1

 

-12.5%

2

 

-18.75%

3

 

-25%

4*

 

-31.25%

5

 

-37.5%

6

 

-43.75%

7

 

-50%

8

 

  

Armor type: press number key "9" on IR Configuration Remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

Heavy Armor

1*

Resistance to machine gun 

Soft skin, like Trucks

2

No resistance to machine gun 

 

Sending IR code when firing  machine gun: press number key "6" on IR Configuration Remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

Not to send MG IR code

1*

 

To send MG IR code

2

 

 

Primary weapon reload time: press number key "4" on IR Configuration Remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

3 seconds

3

 

4 seconds

4

 

5 seconds

5

 

6 seconds

6

 

7 seconds

7

 

8 seconds

8

 

9 seconds

9*

 

10 seconds

10

 

11 seconds

11

 

12 seconds

12

 

13 seconds

13

 

14 seconds

14

 

15 seconds

15

 

 

Rounds of Primary weapon: press number key "8" on IR Configuration Remote to select,

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

Not limited

1*

 

8 rounds

2

 

16 rounds

3

 

24 rounds

4

 

32 rounds

5

 

40 rounds

6

 

48 rounds

7

 

56 rounds

8

 

64 rounds

9

 

72 rounds

10

 

80 rounds

11

 

88 rounds

12

 

96 rounds

13

 

104 rounds

14

 

112 rounds

15

 

120 rounds

16

 

 

Primary weapon IR code: press number key "0" on IR Configuration Remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

TAMIYA cannon code

1*

For TAMIYA IR battle

HL cannon code

2

For HL IR battle

Repair code

3

For Bergepanzer application,

damage count decreased by 1 when this IR code is received, each repair needs 15s, no other vehicle can damage vehicle that is under this mode

Machine Gun code

4

Vehicle with MG

 

Invulnerability time: Vehicle is Invulnerable during this period, press number key "7" on IR Configuration Remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

Vehicle can not be recovered from destroyed mode

1

 

1 second

2

 

2 seconds

3

 

3 seconds

4

 

4 seconds

5

 

5 seconds

6

 

6 seconds

7

 

7 seconds

8

 

8 seconds

9

 

9 seconds

10

 

10 seconds

11*

TAMIYA Heavy tank

11 seconds

12

 

12 seconds

13

TAMIYA Medium tank

13 seconds

14

 

14 seconds

15

TAMIYA Light tank

15 seconds

16

 

 

Max hit can take: Press  number key "5" on IR Configuration Remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

1 round

1

 

2 rounds

2

 

3 rounds

3

TAMIYA Light tank

4 rounds

4

 

5 rounds

5

 

6 rounds

6

TAMIYA Medium tank

7 rounds

7

 

8 rounds

8

 

9 rounds

9*

TAMIYA Heavy tank

10 rounds

10

 

11 rounds

11

 

12 rounds

12

 

13 rounds

13

 

14 rounds

14

 

15 rounds

15

 

 

Function Page Selection: Press "-/--" Key on IR Configuration Remote to select.

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

Select settings on Page 1

1*

TK board goes back to this page after power on

Select settings on Page 2

2

 

Select settings on Page 3

3

 

Select settings on Page 4

4

 

*Text in black means that setting function is on page1.

 

Function Page 2

Gun elevation EPM (EPM1) Mode: press " 1" key on IR configuration remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

ESC Mode

1*

ESC1 enabled, PWM1 disabled

PWM Mode

2

ESC1 disabled, PWM1 enabled

*A Power on and off cycle( turn off power for 5 seconds then power on)  is needed to active change after mode change.

 

Gun elevation servo( PWM1) Direction: press " 2" key on TV remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

Normal

1*

 

Reversed

2

 

 

Turret rotation/gun traverse EPM(EPM2) Mode: press " 3" key on IR configuration to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

ESC Mode

1*

ESC2 enabled, PWM2 disabled

PWM Mode

2

ESC2 disabled, PWM2 enabled

 

Turret rotation servo (PWM2) Direction: press " 4" key on IR configuration to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

Normal

1*

 

Reversed

2

 

 

Low Battery threshold : press " 0" key on IR configuration remote to select, when detected battery voltage lower than setting, ESC output will be reduced.

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description/Battery Type

Reserved

1

 

6V

2

Li-Ion 2S 7.4V

Li-Po 2S 7.4V

Li-Fe  2S 6.6V

Ni-Cd 6S 7.2V

Ni-Mh 6S 7.2V

6.4V 3

Li-Ion 2S 7.4V

Li-Po 2S 7.4V

Li-Fe  2S 6.6V

Ni-Cd 8S 8.4V

Ni-Mh 6S 7.2V

6.8V 4*

Li-Ion 2S 7.4V

Li-Po 2S 7.4V

7.5V 5

Li-Ion 3S 11.1V

8V 6

Ni-Mh 8S 8.4V

9V 7

Li-Po 3S 11.1V

Reserved

8

 

 

Engine Sound Throttle input select: press " SOUND MODE" key on IR configuration remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

CH1

1*

Engine sound module only refer to CH1

CH1 and CH0

2

Engine sound module only refer to CH1 and CH0

 

Ultrasonic ESC1 (CN6)  input select: press "CH UP" key on IR configuration remote to select

Available Settings

Indicator

flashes times

Description

CH1

1*

When mixer is set to OFF mode

CH1 controls steering motor(CN6)

CH2 controls propulsion motor(CN7)

CH2

2

When mixer is set to OFF mode

CH2 controls both steering motor(CN6)

propulsion motor(CN7)

 

Can be used in twin motor application, such as truck

 

Function Page 3

Ultrasonic ESC start voltage increase: Select page 3, press  "3" on IR Configuration Remote to increase level, indicator flash once each time, indicator flash twice when reach maximum level

 

Ultrasonic ESC start voltage  decrease: Select page 3 , press  "6" on IR Configuration Remote to decrease level, indicator flash once each time, indicator flash twice when reach minimun level

 

Ultrasonic ESC start voltage reset to zero: Select page 3, press "DISPLAY" or "?" Key on IR Configuration Remote to reset start voltage, indicator flash once every time.

 

Status read out and IR battle test by IR configuration remote

Point Configuration IR remote to TBU/HBU and press key listed below to show vehicle status or test IR battle function. No jumper should be installed on J1.

 

KEY on SONY IR Configuration Remote

Description

Number Key "1"

To repair vehicle, damage count decreased by 1

Number Key "2"

Fire cannon to vehicle

Number Key "3"

Fire machine gun to vehicle

Number Key "4"

Number of flash indicate remain hits can take

 

 

 

FAQ

 

Q: My TK board can not  register a hit from Tamiya tank.

A: To check "Receive Tamiya IR code" setting. TK board  won't response Tamiay IR code when this setting is disabled.

 

Q: The airsoft motor does not run until after the gun fire sound has played and the reload sound has happened. I want the airsoft motor to run while the gun sound plays. I also planned to make recoil work with the airsoft…but when I fire the gun, the recoil servo operates in time to the sound…but has returned to the normal position when the airsoft motor operates.
A: Just need to set Main Gun Function Mode to AirSoft mode, then cannon sound, servo recoil and airsoft unit will be synchronized.

 

Q: I already set Main Gun Function Mode to HL AirSoft MODE, but AirSoft motor does not run when I give fire cannon command.

A:To correct airsoft unit wiring as HL Gun Elevation and AirSoft Correction section mentioned.

 

Q: Airsoft unit fires continuously and have no cannon sound.

A: When main Main Gun Function Mode is configured to AirSoft Mode, TK board start to drive AirSoft motor (thought CN9 3rd &4th pin) when fire cannon command is received. when Airsoft just fired, Airsoft switch is closed , TK board knows it thought  CN3  Pin4 & Pin5. and then stop to drive Airsoft Motor and start to generate cannon. So in order to make it works properly,  AirSoft motor need to be connected to CN9 pin3 and pin4. AirSoft switch connector to CN3  Pin4 & Pin5.

You can simply test it by a tweezers, to short and release it will stop AirSoft motor.

 

Q: How to avoid damage that caused by short circuit to the board?
A: Damage can be prevented by using a current limited power adaptor as power source, first to find a ~6V, 400mAh power adaptor, 1K 1/4W ohm resistor, LED and a motor cable(from HL cable Set)

then connect + wire(with white strip) from adaptor to red wire of HL cable, - wire to black wire of HL cable, adn wire resistor and LED as the following to act as indicator.

Each time, when you did some modification on circuit or after installation, use this as power source fist. plug connect each by each, and LED will be dimmed immediately if any shortage in circuitry and not thing on TK board will be damaged because power can only supply low & limited current.

 

The board might be act very strange when it's power by this, such as motor can not moves will, cannon fired unexpectedly when turret rotation sound comes up, these are quite normal because current is not enough.

 

Q: How to interface TK board to 6W external sound booster(amplifier)
A: This picture shows the pin assignment of external 6W amplifier, in this example, Battery + & Battery - are power input pin, SIN+ and - is for audio signal input,  SPK+ and - is speaker port

First to disconnect black wire from HL Volume control board and isolate it with tape, wire a 2-P, 2.54mm pitch connector wire to Volume control board as shown below

Then to power amplifier by battery

Finally, connect power form TK board to Battery+ & Battery - pin, connect 2-P, 2.54mm pitch connector wire SIG+ and SIG-,and then connect sparker to SPK+ and SPK- pin.

 

Here is pin assignment of another type 6W AMP, just refer to the above and wire pins with same pin assignment.

 

Generally, higher the input power, higher the sound output power on speaker, so we can also use a DC-to-DC voltage booster to convert battery voltage into higher voltage, then to drive external audio amplifier to have more solid and powerful sound,

 

Because output ripple is much lower after DC-to-DC conversion, so this can also reduce  motor "humm" sound during motor start up and at low speed. another benefit of this configuration is that you can use 8-ohm speaker but still have good loudness. In the example below, we use an adjustable DC-to-DC voltage booster to convert battery voltage into 12V.

 

Step 1: first to connect AMP to TK board and battery as describe previous and make sure it sounds correctly,

Step 2: connect DC-to-DC voltage booster to battery only, measure the output voltage, if voltage is higher or less than 12V, adjust VR on it till output voltage is around 12V,
Step 3: disconnect AMP from battery power then connect to the output of
DC-to-DC voltage booster.

 

HINT: use VR pointed by black arrow in this diagram to adjust voltage to 12V before powering amplifier

Wiring diagram for 15W amplifier: Use VR on DC/DC converter to set output voltage to 15V

Q: When I move left stick backward, only the right track goes backward the left track does not move, It is possible I crossed the +positive and --negative terminals when connecting the new motors?
A: Yes, when +positive and --negative terminals are crossed, one of terminal will burn out immediately, you can bend FETs a little bit to check these traces, one of them should be broken. you can reconnect it by soldering to fix the problem.

We recommend that to use power adapter(7.2V, 400mAh) as power source after rewiring. then switch to battery when everything are tested OK.

 

Q: Tank hull recoil movement direction is not correct, moves forward and then backward while firing main gun.
A: Just need to swap motor cables, CN6 to Motor Right, CN7 to Motor Left, and turn on servo reverser function on throttle channel from radio transmitter.

 

Q: All function runs but just no sound!!

A: This can be the common issue on HL Volume Control board, just to short outer pins of CN4 with tweezers to verify it. if  sound comes out when doing this, the HL volume control board is broken.

Q: Do I need noise filtering capacitor on motor

A: Yes, it's needed to prevent back EMF to interference TK20 board. All HL stock tank already have it on motors

This type of capacitor is not good, DO NOT USE!

 

Q: What's the IR battle range of TK20

A:

The table below shows the test result we've done here or from customer site,

IR Transmitter

IR Receiver

Board Version

Test result

 Test environment

HL Original IR LED

HL Battle Unit

TK20/22

13M

Outdoor

IR010

TAMIYA Battle Unit

TK20/22

>30M

Outdoor

 

Q:Tank moves backward faster than forwards and does not turn. It only turn if firstly turn steering stick and secondly throttle stick.

A: To turn off mixer on transmitter and test again.

 

Q: Can get motor sounds, cannon sounds, turret sounds, but no motion on either drive motors or turret rotation gearbox

A:  Check if battery voltage is too low, auto cutoff function cuts motor off when battery voltage is too low.

 

Q: What is Mixer

A: A piece of software that converts Rudder and Throttle control signal to Left and Right track speed signal. All TK board has mixer on it, mixer function on RC transmitter need to be turned off.

 

Q: What is Safety shutoff:

A: Controller cuts motor off and waits signal come back.

 

Q: What is Auto cutoff:

A: The motor cutoff will occurred when battery input drops below minimum supply voltage of controller.

 

Q: Which RC system can works with TK board:

A: Basically, TK can work with all kind of aftermarket RC system as long as it's PWM system, here is a table list most popular one.

Brand

Band

Model Number

Result

Futaba

72M

T4VF

OK

Futaba

27M AM

4WD

OK

Futaba

2.4G

T4YF-2.4G

OK

TURNIGY

2.4G

9X

OK

Spektrum

2.4G

OK

PLANET

2.4G

OK

FlySky

2.4G

FS-CT6B

OK

( Need to turn mixer function on transmitter off )

Hobby King

2.4G

HK T6A

OK

Perfex

2.4G

M24-H radio

OK

Tactic TTX

TTX series

OK

JR

27M

OK

 

Q: Audio Amp thermal protection:

A: that turns off device when junction temperature over 150 degree C to prevent damage

 

Q: Is it possible to make additional settings using existing IR signals for example to make HL IR signal and 9 hits can take, originally 5 hits?  

A: yes,  IR code to receive, IR code to transmit, preset & battle data can be set independently.

 

Q: Is it possible to set setting with other device (not SONY IR code remote)?

A: Only Sony IR code remote can be used, you can also have universal remote and configure it to SONY mode.

 

Q: Any Other SONY remote, such as SONY Bravia unified IR Configuration Remote, can config TK20?
A: Can't sure, with more and more setting function are added, some code not common on every remote are used. so we suggest to use same remote as we use.

 

Q: What's BEC

A: BEC stands for battery elimination circuit. This circuit powers the receiver thought channel cable, no secondary battery source is required.

 

 Precaution

 Use dry battery or power supply as power source at testing to keep burn down anything if any error on modification. then use chargeable battery when every function working normally.

Read carefully and fully understand the instructions before commencing assembly.

 

 

 

 

 

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