One of Leonardo’s most iconic images, the Aerial Screw (also known as the Helicopter) illustrates the ingenuity of da Vinci, and indicates (along with many other drawings!) his obsession with flying.
While this 15th Century (!) idea may never have got off the ground, for some basic technical reasons, it gave us an insight into the different ways in which Leonardo considered the challenge of human powered flying, and defines him as an inventor well ahead of his time.
Flying has always been a dream of humans, and Leonardo’s fascination with birds and flight was evident in his studies of birds and different human powered flying machines.
His ornithopter design has captured the imagination of people for generations, and we have combined his cool flying machine with one of his bevel gear designs to make a neat working model with flapping wings and a pilot with moving arms and legs.
While it remains a mystery if his ornithopter design was ever fully made or tested at the time, there are many ideas (hanging in museums around the world!) of what it might have looked like, and we have added our ideas as well.
Considered by many to be the most powerful and destructive of all the siege engines, the trebuchet took many forms throughout the Medieval world, hurling huge rocks, giant fireballs and even diseased animals at (and into) castles.
This model, based on the Warwolf, is a tabletop working replica of a trebuchet made in the 13th Century.
Standing 26 inches (67 cm) tall by 18 inches (48 cm wide) this model will shoot balls of plasticine (included) over 20 feet! Please be careful of what (or whom) you take aim on, this thing can really let loose.
· Model is pre-cut and each joint is drilled for super strong connection.
· Comes with a leather-like sling and some soft modeling clay for safe hurling!
The Siege Tower was use by invading armies to breach the walls of the castle they were attacking. They varied in size and construction,(some up to 135 feet tall!) but the one we have here is typical of the styles used from about 900 BC to the medieval times as attackers tried to get over the walls of a castle.
This incredibly sturdy tabletop model will give hours (years!) of reliable sieging around the house and back yard. Like all of our kits, this one is pegged for great strength and authenticity and will give you that cool siege feeling with the firing catapult on the top.
· Each piece is pre-cut and pre-drilled for ease of assembly and strength.
· An easy to raise and lower drawbridge, and a fully working catapult in the top.
Ancient Greek legends have many references to the Trojan Horse – a huge wooden horse that was left in Troy – with warriors inside.
When it was brought into the walled city, the warriors came out (late at night when everyone was asleep)and took over and opened the doors to the entrances – allowing the the Greek warriors hiding in the area (outside the walls) to overrun the city.
Based on drawings and written records, this Trojan Horse model allows you to re-create one of the most epic tales of ancient Troy – although on a much smaller scale.