Leonardo da Vinci Paddleboat by Academy/MRC
This product was added to our catalog on February 23, 2010.
Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian polymath painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, botanist and Leonardo was also revered for his technological ingenuity. He conceptualized, among many others, a helicopter, a tank, a paddleboat, a self-propelling cart, concentrated solar power, a calculator, the double hull and outlined a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics. Relatively few of his designs were constructed or were even feasible during his lifetime, but some of his smaller inventions, such as an automated bobbin winder and a machine for testing the tensile strength of wire, entered the world of manufacturing unheralded. As a scientist, he greatly advanced the state of knowledge in the fields of anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics.
- Adopted power equipment unit designed by Leonardo da Vinci
- Paddle wheels operated by mechanical spring
- Two pedals set the mechanism in motion that are linked to a belt, creating a reciprocating motion to rotate the paddles