MAKO 2020

  • Model: mako2018
  • Shipping Weight: 0.01lbs
  • 32 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: RCTA


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New Features for 2020:

  • Higher amperage voltage regulator added
  • More amps available for IR emitter
  • More amps available for recoil servo (bigger servos may be used)

So if you are looking for an economical and simple way to make your Heng Long V5 or lower or Taigen Tanks compatible with the Tamiya battle system then look no further.  If your Heng Long tank is the newest version with the TK6.0 controller then you will need the MAKO TK6.0 board.

NOTE:  MAKO2020 apart from the voltage regulator is IDENTICAL to MAKO2018.  The firmware remains the same, board layout is the same and installation method remains the same.  Even the existing 3D print case reamins the same AND best of all the price also remains the same.

If you are new to MAKO, this system has been around for many years now where it has been consistently updated and improved. MAKO is without a doubt is the most flexible and feature packed IR battle system on the market. MAKO has so many features that it is often confused for being a full tank control unit. MAKO is an IR interpreter that senses IR signals from the various R/C Tank battle systems and converts them into a signal that the attached MFU can "understand". Similarly, MAKO transmits the IR signals of the most common R/C Tank battle systems. This is the functional core of MAKO. In addition to this MAKO provides for the setting of a number of different weight classes and operational modes. The number of operational modes is dependant on the the main tank control system being used. The highest number of modes is reached using RCTA's Asp. Additionally, MAKO provides support for a recoil servo, relays and can display battle information on a Manta/LCD.

MAKO2020 is designed to be used with Heng Long and Taigen RX-18 style tank control units BOTH 27 mHz AND 2.4 gHz operation.  However the design is such that with custom firmware MAKO can be used with ALL tank control units. 


  • Ir battle compatibility with all Tamiya based systems, PLUS Heng Long and Taigen tanks
  • Includes 2-shot kill Tamiya code capabilities
  • Multiple weight class/mode selection
  • Friend or foe recognition (essential for team battles)
  • Realistic magazine option
  • Main cannon Xenon flash or LED support (1)
  • Recoil Servo support (2)
  • Manta LCD display (3)
  • Additional signal out (4) can be used to stop track recoil*
  • Programming & testing using a SONY TV remote
  • Firmware update port
  • Heng Long/Taigen and Tamiya/RCTA battle unit outputs

* NOTE Output 4 can be used to trigger relay/s to cut the automatic track recoil and other automatic track movements (hit shakes & death spasm). The IR hit shakes and death spasm can always be cut out. However, the effectiveness of removing the track recoil will depend on the version of MFU and installation method.  Older style 27mHz MFU can be installed using the simple/original install method, whereby the supplied 5 way cable connects MAKO to the IR port.  The newer 2.4gHz units are best connected using the "advanced" installation method described here:

MAKO Advanced Install Method

There is a dedicated MAKO support sub forum on the main RCTA Forum

On this site you will find details for installation, connection to battle units (mushrooms), how to upgrade firmware and troubleshooting.


Addtional MAKO2017 Demo videos are here:

Range Test (up to 25 metres in reliable range)

Track Recoil Blocking  (a how to)

Please Note:  Free shipping items are sent by International Letter Post.  This is an extremely reliable service that RCTA has been using for years.  Be aware that this service is not tracked.  If you require a tracked service please purchase from the Postal Options category.  All orders are photographed at time of postage along with the postal receipt.  This image will be emailed to the customer within 24hrs of postage.  If you do not receive such an email please check your Spam/Junk folders. Customs forms are typically written as "Circuit for R/C toy", marked as a "Gift" with a value of between $10 - $20 AUD.

This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 25 March, 2017.

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