The pantry in our new house had very little lighting. My wife wanted some form of light in there, but the pantry wasn’t wired for anything. So, instead of embarking on a traditional wiring project, I decided to try something new.
While we try to keep the online stock status for products up-to-date, sometimes we sell out of assembled and tested product. But have no fear, in the vast majority of cases, we can still make and ship your order within a few days.
Iowa Scaled Engineering products were recently mentioned in one of the Model Railroader Video Plus episodes, featuring Tony Koester’s Nickel Plate Road.
In this video (subscribers only) you’ll see our CKT-IRSENSE and ACC-RELAY1 products used in an automatic interchange. Each time a cut of cars is picked up, a new cut of cars is automatically pushed forward. For those wanting more details, Tony has written an article about automated interchanges that we understand should appear in an upcoming issue of Model Railroader.
In order to make our open source hardware and software even easier for everyone to get and modify, we’re moving our projects off our old SVN repositories and over to GitHub, the collaborative open source git repository. Where previously many of these projects have lived in a single repository, we’re breaking them apart so that they make more sense to everyone. Using the power of GitHub, you’ll be able to clone our projects, modify them, and even contribute patches back!
Be sure to keep an eye on the ISE GitHub page regularly for updates.
It’s been a while since I posted an update on this project and figured it was time for another one. Not a lot has happened on it over the last year (other priorities), but I did get a prototype of the pre-regulator designed, built, and tested. Overall, it worked well with just one “minor” bug (otherwise known as stupid designer error).
For our customers in the US, hopefully you all had a good holiday with friends and family today. Now that we’ve all returned home, stuffed with turkey and dressing, it’s time for the other annual tradition – Black Friday! Stock up on the ISE products you need with 15% off everything, good through Sunday.
When you’re ready to check out, just click “View Cart” off the shopping cart pulldown, select “Use Coupon Code” on the next page, and enter “BF15″ for the code. (If you go straight to checkout, there’s no box to enter the code. You have to go through “View Cart”.)
Several people asked about the control panels we had on our demos at the St. Louis RPM meet. They are easy to make, so I figured I’d share the process. Continue reading
Spring switches are used by some prototype railroads to save the crew from having to re-align the switch points after passing through the switch. The switch is sprung in one direction (typically the mainline), allowing any train to pass through the switch from the frog end without manually aligning the points. When entering the mainline from a siding, this allows the train to continue on its way without having to realign the points to the main – the spring action takes care of this automatically. Modeling this unique feature can be easily accomplished with an IR sensor and switch machine. Continue reading
The CKT-IRSENSE is an inexpensive reflective infrared proximity sensor, designed primarily for model railroad use, utilizing the latest in proximity sensor technology. It can be used to trigger a variety of sound and visual effects as well as provide track occupancy status. The sensor’s small size (0.25″ x 2.25″) makes installation simple with only a single 3/8″ hole required. The technology used in the CKT-IRSENSE makes it highly tolerant of background lighting conditions, thus requiring no user adjustments.
We will be at the St. Louis RPM Meet later in the week with several new products to demonstrate. If you are there, please stop by and introduce yourself. During that time, online orders may be delayed, but don’t worry – we will get to them as soon as we get back home. As a preview, here is a video of the Interlocking In A Box prototype. Continue reading