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From: Frank Pittelli <frank-at-rctankcombat.com>
Subject: Re: Joe Sommer/Anvilus [TANKS]
Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2006 13:00:50 -0400
Reply-To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com

Toast wrote:
> Well crap.  Iím beaten by the RTFM response again.  Iím telling you I 
> read that manual about 2 weeks ago and I swear I saw graphs of throttle 
> position realative to stick position and such.  I scanned over them at 
> the time.  Iím guessing now that I was reading something else and got 
> the two mixed up.

Bingo ... you combined two different products into one.

The "Anvilus RC Mini Relay Controller" (commonly called the Anvilus 
Mini) is basically a drop-in replacement for two servos with 
micro-switches.  The Mini S simply provides two independent dual relay 
controls (a total of 4 relays), while the Mini M also mixes the servo 
signals together to provide "one stick steering".  The Mini M is 
essentially an all electronic version of the Tri-Pact Speed Control, 
which uses servos, diodes and switches.  (Interestingly, both solutions 
cost about the same, but the Mini is more compact.)

The important thing to remember about the Mini S or Mini M, is that *you 
supply your own relays (or SSRs)* so they can handle whatever load you 
want.  However, they don't provide PWM, just on-off.

The "Anvilus RC Relay / SSR Motor Controller" is a complete motor 
control solution.  The basic system provides "on-off" control for two 
motors, with "one stick steering".  The system comes with 30 amp relays 
installed on the board, eliminating the need for wiring.  The boards are 
professionally done, with sufficient traces to handle the load.

The Anvillus Motor Controller also provides an optional PWM signal that 
can be used to drive SSRs, thereby providing proportional control of the 
motors.  Joe graciously sells D1D40s at just above cost whenever he can 
acquire them, but any properly rated SSR will do.

        Frank P.