1/4 size maquette of dragon

Animatronic Dragon

So my family has the Renaissance Fair bug. Big time.  Me, too.

Of course, I can’t just be satisfied with a wizard outfit. Now I’ve got it in my head that I want to develop an animatronic dragon to sit on my shoulder and “wow” the crowd.

I’ve bought some DVDs from the Stan Winston School of Character Arts – yeah, that’s a thing. And these show you a lot of the how-to.

I’m planning eye movement, head movement, a 4-way/2-stage neck movement, a “wing flutter”, and a mist-spray (like steam) from the mouth on demand.

I’m sourcing parts, and making mock-ups, etc. And I’ll post more as I go.

I do have a couple of pictures below:

  • I made a drawing of a person (a “me” stand-in!) with the wizard outfit, plus dragon on the shoulder.
  • I made am approximate life-size drawing of the dragon.
  • I made a 1/4 size maquette of the dragon.  Note the longer neck, and the presence of wing bones structure.

Wish me luck!

Wizard with outfit and dragon

Wizard with outfit and dragon

First drawing of dragon, at scale

First drawing of dragon, at scale

1/4 size maquette of dragon

1/4 size maquette of dragon

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