Leonardo's crossbow is a type of shooting weapon designed by Leonardo da Vinci, whose drawings are in the Codex Atlanticus. Never constructed by its designer, it was instead built to a scale of 1:1, as shown in the ITN documentary Leonardo's Dream Machines, which was aired for the first time in February 2003 by Channel 4.
leonardo da vinci's crossbow. The crossbow is also referred to as his Ballista. The machine was coiled or cocked by means of a worm gear (which he also designed), this enabled a huge mechanical advantage and allowed two men to fully draw back the huge bows of the crossbow. Once cocked the machine could be fired be either hitting a release catch ...
Da Vinci’s Giant Crossbow In 1486, Leonardo Da Vinci drew a number of sketches outlining his latest invention for combat use: the giant crossbow. His supersized version of the weapon, commonly known as a “ballista” back then, was based on a cranked-and-gear system for propelling projectiles.
Designed for pure intimidation, da Vinci’s crossbow was to measure 42 braccia (or 27 yards) across. The device would have six wheels (three on each side) for mobility, and the bow itself would be made of thin wood for flexibility. Rather than fire giant arrows, Leonardo’s crossbow instead seems to be designed to fire large stones or possibly flaming bombs. For use, a soldier spins a crank to pull back the bow and loads the artillery.
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