Though the first operational helicopter wasn't constructed until the 1940s, it is believed that Leonardo da Vinci's sketches of the 'Aerial Screw' from the late fifteenth century were the predecessor to the modern day flying machine. As with many of da Vinci's ideas, the limitations in materials and manufacturing capabilities of the time prevented these advanced inventions from being produced, but his notes and drawings mapped out exactly how the device would operate. This beautifully detailed working model kit is easy to assemble, with no glue, paint or tools required and complete step-by-step instructions.
Arguably one of the most diversely talented and accomplished individuals to have ever lived, Leonardo da Vinci was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, botanist and writer. Often described as the archetype of the Renaissance man, da Vinci's unquenchable curiosity was equaled only by his inventive genius.
A master of technological ingenuity, Leonardo conceptualized, among many others inventions, 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. As a scientist, he greatly advanced the state of knowledge in the fields of anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics.