How Frank Marshall Made the Rolling Eye Winker

I was asked recently about the rolling eye winker and how it worked. I thought that would be something everyone would like to see so here you go. Even though I originally posted this blog back in November of 2009, I thought I would show it again.



This is a Frank Marshall figure’s inside of the head from the 1930’s.

As you can see the mechanics are not very complicated. Marshall used glass eyes which he filled with plastic wood. he would the drill a horizontal hole through for the eye to rotate downward upon then attached the string and spring to the back of the eye.

This was a simple yet very effective was of doing a winker. Also if you look you can see that the original cord is still attached showing that if done right cord is just as good as any direct linkage and maybe even better.

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