I was contacted by a local taxidermist
called Mike about building a mechanical armature for him to feather up. its for an Tawny OWL
We spoke about the processes he uses to create his bird mounts as i needed to get a good idea of how we wish to work, and also so i can create a workable model
He sent me a few armatures to work from as a reference.
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Just so you can get an idea of the working space. shoulder to shoulder is 70mm Body L is 120mm.. Sculpted Armature and Sculpted head
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Skull Replica and Over sculpted urethane cast.
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I may print the head instead.
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I talk to Eric almost every night and we went over a few design ideas.
Eric was already 3D printing at so naturally this seemed the best way to go for this project.
Eric has kindly designed me the entire Pull-Pull System and so im really excited to get these parts "Printed"
After a few days of using Autodesk 123D i started coming up with designs for the wing mech. basically the renders iv shown already:
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Mike would be requiring the bird to be autonomous or just not (RC). and may run a "Random Servo generator code" or run a selection of Canned sequences that are selected on the fly randomly by the code itself to control its "9 points of movement".