Not everything we develop for Iowa Scaled is destined to be a product. As part of our demo layout that we take to shows to demonstrate our “Interlocking In A Box” product, we needed a set of throttles – one to control each main line. There was no particular need for DCC as the two […]
The development of ISE’s block detectors has been a fairly long adventure, so much so that the long, drawn-out development cycle through six or seven iterations has become a bit of a running joke between Michael and myself. It’s served as a bit of a high water mark in terms of design revisions and major […]
MRGui is our configuration utility for MRBus based devices. It simplifies the process of setting the various EEPROM configuration options for each node, using a user-friendly GUI that runs on Windows, Mac, or Linux. In addition to setting EEPROM configuration options, MRGui can also be used for general purpose programming of AVR microcontrollers. The instructions […]
The idea of a clock that runs faster than real time to compensate for the compression in our model world is nothing new. The idea has been with us since at least the 1960s. It provides a way to schedule our operating sessions, providing a sense of real time passage and urgency without needing literally […]
While DCC is primarily meant to power and communicate with the trains on the tracks, there are circumstances where having some auxiliary power available would be nice without having to run an extra set of wires. Maybe powering a remote turnout, an IR sensor, some animation or building lighting, or a fast clock secondary display?
Have you ever been in the middle of an operating session and disaster strikes? A train derails, shorting out the DCC system, taking with it a power district, or even the entire layout. The problem is eventually fixed, but in the 5 minutes it took to restore things to the way they were, your fast […]
As alumni of the Iowa State University Solar Car Team, Team PrISUm, we recognized that many of Iowa Scaled Engineering’s products could be used by teams competing in solar racing competitions. In fact, MRBus had its origins in the Sunrayce ’99 car, PrISUm Phoenix.
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.
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 […]
This is an update to this year’s compost monitor post showing the full temperature cycle of the pile. At first, the temperature was cold and flat. As shown in the original post, it was then saturated with water and the bacterial action took off. The temperature eventually peaked around 140F and then fell off again.