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New Stuff from BeNScale
« on: March 16, 2013, 08:35:55 PM »
Last night I finally met Ben face to face.  Thankfully, he had a box of goodies in tow.

Most important thing is that he finally got the injected molded equipment cabinets— he'll be updating the web site soon.
He's also working on a new connector system for the signals— so you can unplug signals for module transport (the "base" is so tall in the pictures is that we stacked up a few of them to clear the connector).


Sorry for the crappy photo quality, just had my phone handy with no macrolens.





Parts sprue for the equipment cabinets:


He'll have more stuff rolled out by the SPHTS convention, including an HO Scale product line.

-Dave

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Re: New Stuff from BeNScale
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2013, 08:43:40 PM »
and here is the other side:


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Re: New Stuff from BeNScale
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2013, 09:05:35 PM »
SO does he have the WHOLE signal as a kit?  Or is the box an upgrade for someone else?
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Re: New Stuff from BeNScale
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2013, 09:08:43 PM »
Nice. Will the signals also come as a kit, or are they RTR. I never heard of BenScale before, and I usually have an ear on the rail of n scale.

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Re: New Stuff from BeNScale
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2013, 09:38:32 PM »
Nice.  This completes the package.  He sells signal heads with LEDs in them.   

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Re: New Stuff from BeNScale
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2013, 10:04:00 PM »
Nice. Will the signals also come as a kit, or are they RTR. I never heard of BenScale before, and I usually have an ear on the rail of n scale.

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Re: New Stuff from BeNScale
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2013, 02:02:46 AM »
Ben will sell you everything "à la carte," or even sell the assembled signals. He started the venture after another vendor never followed through on the N-Scale searchlight signals.

I've built two kits so far— they go together very nicely (although the pictures I posted were Ben's assembled signals).

Here is my build of his SP single head searchlight:


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Re: New Stuff from BeNScale
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2013, 06:21:35 AM »
Nice. Will the signals also come as a kit, or are they RTR. I never heard of BenScale before, and I usually have an ear on the rail of n scale.
Ben site is at :  http://www.benscale.com/
 Glad to see that my "suggestion" for David result in several new announcements ( Showcase relay box with open doors , NTZ east coast relay box and finally Ben releasing this one) ... really good news for my SP searchlights signals :)
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Re: New Stuff from BeNScale
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2013, 11:20:24 AM »
Any news or details on this new connector for the signals. My club (BANTrak) has been debating the addition of signals to some of our modules. Making them removable is a nice idea.

Yes, I know we could go off and invent our own connector standard (and we might), but if someone has that figured out, why not reuse.

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Re: New Stuff from BeNScale
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2013, 01:18:25 PM »
Thanks for posting this, Railnerd.  I have saved the link.   :)

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Re: New Stuff from BeNScale
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2013, 01:43:07 PM »
Any news or details on this new connector for the signals. My club (BANTrak) has been debating the addition of signals to some of our modules. Making them removable is a nice idea.

Yes, I know we could go off and invent our own connector standard (and we might), but if someone has that figured out, why not reuse.

John

Sorry, didn't snap a picture of this, but he did show off the new connector.  On the base PCB of the signal he has a small 10-pin connector which looks a lot like this one: http://www.samtec.com/documents/webfiles/pdf/SFMC.PDF.

He then has a small cable which attaches to this, on one end is a male connector, and the other end looks like a telephone handset jack. Resistors are included in the cable.  NOTE: A dual head signal has two telco connectors. The nice thing about the telco jacks is that the wire is color coded (red->red, yellow->yellow, green->green, black->power).

He's planning on making a big splash at the Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society (http://www.sphts.org) convention in October: http://www.sphts.org/convention/

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Re: New Stuff from BeNScale
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2013, 09:59:01 PM »
He's planning on making a big splash at the Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society (http://www.sphts.org) convention in October: http://www.sphts.org/convention/

-Dave

He'll have a "captive" audience. It has my attention as this is EXACTLY what the SP modeler needs.  :)
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