First up was dealing with Ivano, great communication kept me up to date with when the product was shipped etc. Even made a sound set up for my Abrams tank and emailed it to me.
Now I currently run quite a few different tank electronics in my tanks (RX18, Taigen, DBC3, RCTA RC2HL & Mako, Clark TK20) so I was interested on how this compared.
First up is installation.
As the IBU2 uses the base HL wiring setup it was very easy to put in any of my tanks, simple as unplug existing controller follow the instruction manual (emailed to me when I ordered, plus is included on the fitted micro SD card) to know which plug goes where. Installation takes less than 5 minutes.
Before powering up you probably want to set a few perimeters for the tank, like tank weight, repair tank, battery type. To change all this you need to move the dip switches on the board. The instruction manual details this so I won’t go over it here.
Turn on the tank power switch and the headlights will flash, when you turn on your controller and it synchronises to the receiver the headlights come on solid and you good to go. If this is the first time on you may have to play around with reversing some of the channels to achieve the desired direction but once set your good to use your tank.
One thing you notice first is you cannot drive the tank, just get turret control, you need to start the engine before you can drive it. This is a bit different to other systems I have used but isn’t a bad thing if anything it’s more realistic.
Driving the tank you’ve the option of having momentum on or off which further adds realism and you get the usual proportional speed and turning. You still get the ability to spin the tank on the spot (Heng Long super spin) but it only do it very slowly so again more realistic.
I’ve not tested the IR system yet so can’t comment on that yet.
Initially I tried the IBU2 in my HE Abrams tank with the stock 8ohm 0.5w speaker which did it’s best to spoil the sounds produced. I then put it in my KV1 with a 4ohm Visaton speaker and changed the sound profile to KV1. And wow what a difference the engine noise nice a deep and best sounding on the systems I run. On the KV1 sound set I did find that the engine noise was a lot loaded than the turret turn and gun elevation so I couldn’t hear them, but I’m sure the sound files could be tweaked to adjust them.
Other notes on the sounds are there is two different turret turn sounds, 1 manual operation when the engine is off and 2 is powered whilst the engine is running. Also two engine start up noises one for cold engine (it struggles to start) and warm engine.
So overall I’m very impressed with the IBU2 and looking forward to further testing it.