One of Leonardo’s most iconic images, the Aerial Screw (also known as the Helicopter) illustrates the ingenuity of Leonardo da Vinci, and indicateshis obsession with flying. This model gives us an insight into the different ways Leonardo considered the challenge of human powered flying and defines him as an inventor who was 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.
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!). This is a great project that works well and looks really cool on the shelf!
Part of the Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion exhibition range.
- 9 x 9 x 14 in