The Flying Riever
Submitted by keith on Fri, 12/02/2011 - 21:51.
I had a very plesant and undemanding day compleating the nautilus (which I have now learnt to spell) There were lots of maths and measurements involved in the making of the shell but I enjoy using math some times as most of my work just happens.I like the way the cams have a sort of shell like apperance, a happy accident.
The shell, cut from thin ply using a sharp knife.
The first 3 sections of the shell contain the mechanical parts.
The tentacles.Spell check said testicles.
The cams that will operate tentacles.I have drilled holes in the centre of the cams to save weight. It is very satisfying to drill holes to save weight.
The cams fitted into the shell.
The first tentacle installed. I am using a brass tube bearing on a stainless steel rod with a generous clearance.
The finished assembly.
This is the support bracket for the nautilus.
This 12volt geared dc motor will drive the cams. It will be run at 3 volts to extend the life of the motor
The completed automata (apart from the painting.)