Fire Dragon

I have was  asked by my agents,Evergreen International  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Group to design a cut out automata kit of a Chinese Dragon. Next year is the year of the Dragon so I am hoping that it is a popular model. The finished kit will be printed on both sides of the card.

The bottom parts of the base glued together.
The crank and crank slider. A card washer has been glued on to keep it in the right position.
The crank has been inserted (but not glued), into a hole in the crank support.
Once the crank is in place.the base top can be glued on.
This part fits over the slider.It is a loose fit and helps the slider move smoothley.
This part fits over the slider.It is a loose fit and helps the slider move smoothley.
Care has been taken not to get any glue on the slider,which must be free to move up and down.
The central part of the Dragons body.
It is glued onto the crank slider.
This strip of card add extra support.
Oops, forgot to mention the handle.
Here is the tail.....
and the tail end.
One back leg and claw have been glued together. The upper and lower lag are joined togethr by a card hinge, allowing them to move.
This is the back legs and tail pivot.
It is pushed (not glued) through the lag and tail.
A tab on the lower leg passes through the claw and is glued into a slot in the base.
The other leg is pushed on and a card flame is glued on to hold everything in place.
This linkage moves the Dragons tail up and down. The other claw has been glued into place.
The neck...
lower jaw..
and head.Note the strip of card whic operates the Dragons mouth.
Self adhesive plastic eyes are fitted in place.
Another pivot passes through the Dragons front legs and neck. A linkage moves the neck up and down.
This card strip is glued to the middle part of them body. As the neck moves up and down the mouth is pulled open and closed.
The dragons left claw will hold this cloud ball.
The claw holding the cloud ball is bent over.
The Dragons claw is glued to the cloud ball and the automata is finished.
The compleated Fire Dragon.
Oops, forgot this bit. It's been a long day and three new cut out designs in one month must be worthy of The Guiness Book of Records, if a little obscure.
Oops again, forgot this bit. It's been a long day and three new cut out designs in one month must be worthy of The Guiness Book of Records, if a little obscure.