I've been silent for a while. Sorry. Back in the city for a while. I have been working though. Here is a box of parts some subassemblies and parts I've been cutting out. There are legs, cams, gears, pedestals, some of which are assembled with the followers, spacers, and assorted other goodies. The case is now cut out, and tomorrow the holes will be cut into the top plate. I will install the gearbox and shafts as well, and test run the power parts. If everything goes well I'll start mounting the pedestals.
In the meantime I've been working away on the assembly of the large Sleptin. The wings have hinge pins that insert into little blocks ahead and behind the wings. These blocks are glued into the back of the bird. Then the blocks are shaped into the body. In this photo taken after a first coat of paint you can still see the edges of the blocks. They are 3/8" wide. The wings have a rudimentary feather pattern and they been Inked to accent the detail. It is necessary to assemble these as I go in finishing the bird.
Below is the underside of the bird. The beak has a first coat of paint on it, and the inside of the mouth has been painted flesh colour. When the bottom beak piece is installed you will only see inside the mouth when the beak is open.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.