After building most of the prototype for the upper neck I realized the overall size was too small.
I was able to arrange to measure a frozen duck specimen with feathers at the Burke museum (thank you Carl Sander & Robert Faucett) and revised the design to actual duck scale.
Other design changes were made to reflect what I learned building the prototype.
The duck's neck is now ready to build.
I've been thinking about and sketching neck ideas since the 80's. Over the years I've come up with a variety of solutions and made a few simple mock-ups to see how they work. After rejecting the ones that are overly complex or simply wouldn't work, I've arrived at a design that's ready to try. We'll see how reality impacts.
Progress of the Mechanical Duck
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