Been a stretch since the last entry. A little spring cleaning, a little balcony railing replacement, a lot of gardening to get the railway ready for visitors this spring, and even a big clean up in the shop; well maybe a medium one anyway.
So with the last project done it's time to move on. On the prototype for Who Slew the Chicken, I had built the conveyor, worked out turning the chicken, but did not have the chicken point at the bad guy - until today. Below is a photo of the chicken cut open to show the lever that with raise it's wing.
The headless chicken has its left wing up pointing into what will be the lineup. The little ramp just under the chicken's breast on the right pushes up a metal link that raises the arm. This can be seen more clearly in the next photo.
So life is good on the "Who Slew the Chicken" scene. The chicken prototype works fine, the drawing of the lineup room area is done, and I have started carving the first suspect, a catholic nun. More design of the mechanism is still needed.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.