I got back into the shop, a little rain always helps, and basically finished up the mechanism portion of "Schools Out" as planned. It's what will put the bounce in the school of fish that will give them the illusion of swimming forward. I haven't done the final glue-up of all the fittings yet. I always try to leave my options open till the end. Many a time I've glued pins in and then cursed as I tried to free them to make some unplanned last minute correction. Although I showed you the handle in my last blog post I also have not attached it yet. This allows me to disassemble the input shaft of the gearbox if necessary.
I've attached this little video giving an early peek at how things will work. The fish bodies are just blocks for the moment. The jaws of the fish will open and close as the fish rise and fall. You may be able to see on the template where these will eventually be fitted. Enjoy.
School's Out Teaser Video
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