Will I did manage to get a little time in the shop this afternoon and I spent the time seeing if I could build some little chickens as an accent on my next piece. It's an experiment to see if I can make them small enough to suit the scale and still be able to make them move.
This photo shows two chickens roughed out. One will move in pecking motion and the other stand still.
This is the underside of the pecking bird. The soldered assembly is the pivot tube mounted on the top of the legs. A pin through the body will go through the tube as the pivoting axle. The hole (1/4") in the rear will receive the actuating link.
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