I am building a lighted model ship which is my first electronics project. (e.g. blinking lights). I have been through a number of part catalogs (digikey, mousers, etc.) looking for the following.
- Male and female connectors with about 10-12 wires. Would like to buy with lengths of wire attached. Would like a connector no more than about an inch across. Prefer multi-colored wire.
The purpose here is to build the ship parts in components, be able to test the lighting for each component, then connect together when the components are linked.
- The electronics and switches will be outside the ship. I need to run a cable similar to those described above through the base. The base has pillars that run up into the bottom of the hull. To make the connection I would like to have a male plug on one of thes pillars and a female socket inside the hull such that when placed upon the base, one gets a connection. I need something with about 10-12 connections that are fairly sturdy. (Only needs to be detached a few times a year for display - not heavy duty - but bent pins would be a pain.)
My inability to locate such parts may be a result of inexperience at reading the part catalogs. I have found ribbon cable with female connectors but I have not seen the male connectors with ribbon to go with them. I haven't seen anything like #2. If anyone have any suggestions for sources I'd be interested in hearing them.