Leonardo Da Vinci Aerial Screw Miniature
Leonardo Da Vinci Aerial Screw Miniature

Leonardo Da Vinci Aerial Screw Miniature

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The Leonardo da Vinci Aerial Screw Miniature is a working re-creation of his 15th Century design.

This interactive model has a canopy that spins on the support structure, illustrating a way Leonardo thought flight might be possible!

- Ages 8+
- Constructed size: 11 x 11 x 13cm
- Includes pre-cut and pre-drilled wooden parts and wood glue
- Full instructions provided

Tip: We recommend dry-fitting your pieces together, and then gluing as necessary once you are confident your piece placement is correct!

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 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. This 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.

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