In which Duck & Duck Dare have another go at cracking Hollywood.
After a long, unexplained hiatus, we return to the Duckology Advanced Research Centre to see Duck wiring a new contraption into a transformer.
Duck is getting ready for some sort of test.
It looks like a fairly simple mechanism.
Judging by those guide wheels, the top part rotates (see Video 1).
Ah, it's a turntable. The Duckology team are probably going to use it for displaying small models.
For some reason, Duck Dare has turned up and is sitting on the turntable.
Is that a gun? That's not very duck-like behaviour. Hmmm, you know, that turntable looks a bit wonky.
After some fettling, Duck has managed to get all four guide wheels positioned correctly. Because the top cover is held on with very strong magnets, it tends to snap into place rather abruptly and doesn't always sit on the guide wheels correctly, requiring adjustment.
It's still not completely clear what the point of this might be. Ah, hang on, we've just been handed a press release.
Despite our previous attempts to get into films being unsuccessful, we've decided to have another go. At this time of year there is always a James Bond film on television and as they do seem popular, we're pitching the idea of The Duck With The Meccano Gun, a thriller in which the hero, trapped in the evil megalomaniac's secret base, discovers a cache of old Meccano parts and uses them to improvise a weapon, enabling him to escape and save world. Again. With lots of gratuitous car chases and explosions of course.
Video 2 is some raw footage intended for the title sequence.
In a departure from Duckology tradition, connecting the turntable to a suitable power supply does not require taking it apart.
So the gun is just a film prop. Phew, that's a relief, it probably doesn't even work.
The gun is also held in place with magnets.
The gun is a variation of an existing Meccano model. The main variation is a longer handle, the original design being more suitable for smaller hands.
Evidence that it actually works can be seen in Video 3. However it's not a practical weapon, being short on range, inaccurate and time consuming to reload.
Close up of the trigger mechanism.