The First One was a Parrot

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The First One was a Parrot 1976. This is it, the very first complete animatronic figure I ever built! It was around 1975 or 76.

It used the guts torn from a child’s jumping frog toy for the mouth, neck and body movements. The turntable was powered by a slot car motor, one rubber wheel and a homemade DPDT switch (Made from a scotch bottle cardboard tube, aluminum foil paddles, a dowel rod and some wire.)

The body covering was green fake fur cut to look like feathers. The very simple movements included head left & right, Mouth and body bobbing up & down.


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