Leonardo da Vinci's Self-Propelled Cart Model

Leonardo da Vinci's Self-Propelled Cart Model

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Use this kit to assemble an armored car model straight from Leonardo Da Vinci's notebooks!

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Leonardo da Vinci's Self-Propelled Cart Model

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Use this kit to assemble an armored car model straight from Leonardo Da Vinci's notebooks!

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Leonardo da Vinci's Self-Propelled Cart
by Elenco

This kit contains everything that you need to create a small-scale version of Leonardo da Vinci's self-propelled cart. It comes complete with an instruction manual that contains illustrated assembly instructions and a more detailed history of Leonardo da Vinci's life, his works and the self-propelled cart. Also included in the manual are drawings and brief descriptions of some of the other items that were found in da Vinci's notebook.

Originally conceived in 1478 in his notebook, da Vinci's self-propelled cart was capable of moving without being manually pushed or pulled. Its three-wheeled design is considered to be the precursor to the modern automobile, and is one of the numerous designs that he created for the realm of locomotion and transportation. Powered by coil springs and programmable steering via arranging wooden blocks between the gears at pre-set locations, the cart would be propelled forward and "steered" by the blocks to turn at specific angles or continue straight.

Unfortunately, like many of the things recovered from da Vinci's notebook, the self-propelled cart remained on paper for reasons that we can only speculate at. It wasn't until the late 20th century that Professor Carlo Pedretti and robotics expert Mark Rosheim set out to build the self-propelled cart that they discovered the visible springs were actually for steering, and there were coiled springs hidden inside drums beneath the cart that were the source of power. It took them seven years to build a working self-propelled cart, and is now part of an exhibition at Florence's Science History Museum.

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SKU

ELENEDU-61008

Weight

0.8 lb

Country of Origin

CN

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