October 11, 2013 AT 12:09 pm

Arduino Powered John Steed Marionette Puppet

Arduino Powered John Steed Marionette Puppet

This is a project I have been working on for a very long time. I am finally at the point of writing it up. It’s been so long in fact I can’t even remember all the details so this will piece it together as best I can with lots of pictures and some vague descriptions of what’s going on.

Basically it’s my John Steed marionette. John Steed of course being one of the two main characters form the 60s television programme The Avengers. The other (best known) main character being Mrs Peel.

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