basic 9 string marionette

 
 

This is a basic controller and stringing system often used by American puppeteers in the 20th C.

and still in use today although less common.  Old fashioned black nylon fishline works best, but is only available online.  Strong upholstery thread will do.  This is a one handed controller with the leg bar suspended over the main bar.  The leg bar can also be a separate stick detachable from the main bar.

 

basic airplane

controller