Da Vinci was fascinated by the operation of timepieces. In his 'flying pendulum' clock design, a crane-like arm suspends a bucket containing weights; these weights propel the pendulum from vertical post to vertical post, turning a precision gear system as it 'flies,' and keeping time in the process. Adjustment of the weights allows the clock to speed up or slow down. 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.