We’re not sure that it’s absolutely necessary to raise ducks using a remote-control animatronic duck decoy, but people have stranger hobbies.
This YouTube video (embedded below) from [Imaginative Guy] chronicles an impressive feat of RC animatronics, sparing no effort to make the RC duck “parents” realistic. There’s a ton of detail in the videos, from the machining of small necessary bits to the liberal application of hot glue where necessary.
We especially like the duck’s vocal-tract simulation: a speaker glued to the neck of a soda bottle makes (to our human ears) a very accurate duck sound. Cutting up RC helicopter blades to make a rudder is a pretty nice hack as well. There’s a lot to learn here. You know, for when you need to make a robot duck.
Naturally, this is not the first time that anyone’s strapped a remote-controlled submarine on a duck decoy. But it’s definitely the most refined that we’ve seen yet.