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Leonardo Da Vinci Helicopter

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.

While it is often referred to as a helicopter, the premise of the lift to make it rise is more like Archimedes’ screw than the rotors of a helicopter. Our model uses one of the bevel gears he drew in his codices and creates a nice 2 to 1 increase in speed of the crankshaft, so the mast spins quickly, illustrating the manner in which this machine would have worked.

A great kit for beginner to advanced model makers, this is a great way to learn about gears, flight and brings Leonardo’s iconic drawing to life.

Takes between 1 and 3 hours to make. (Glue has to dry!) 

Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 14 in

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The bridge was designed by Leonardo Da Vinci between 1485 and 1490, to be built rapidly with  local trees, that could be easily slid into place, lashed together, and then crossed quickly, making troop movement over rivers speedy, creating a surprise factor that was critical to success in battles. Leonardo applied the laws of statics, which he had developed during his architectural research. In his journals he wrote laws about friction, one of which stated that if the load on an object is doubled, its friction also doubles. Interestingly, when weight is applied down, it gets tighter and stronger, yet when lifted it falls.

  • Easy to make by beginner model makers.
  • All natural wood.
  • 9.5 cm tall x 24 cm across