Da Vinci Flying Machine




This is a 'kinetic sculpture' of a human powered Da Vinci style flying machine (also known as an ornithopter).

It can be operated manually or using an optional motor. In the instructions I have shown a Power Functions M motor, but it can be just as easily powered using an old 9V motor.

Check out the video to see some if its features.

If you are into CUUSOO and would like to see this potentially become a set I would of course appreciate your support - http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/56943
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Name Da Vinci Flying Machine
Designer JKBrickworks
Designed 2014
Inventory 422
Theme Technic


  • 4 months, 2 weeks ago Behold the Brick (3K) MOC Designer
    Awesome build.  It's nice to see something more original and historic.
  • 8 months, 2 weeks ago Jon_McL (3K)
    That's great! Must have been a tough build to plan, but you did a great job.
  • 3 years ago disco_jojo (1512) MOC Designer
    Excellent model. Really great build!
    What program do you use for making the instructions?
    • 3 years ago JKBrickworks (22K) MOC Designer
      Thanks! I use MLCad and LDCad to create the model and sequence the build steps. I use my own software to generate the images and pdf file, but it does the same thing as LPub.
  • 3 years, 6 months ago lzb (186)
    very cool
  • 4 years, 3 months ago mhstnsc (150)
    Amazing work, love your ideas (not cars or trucks)
  • 4 years, 3 months ago Bananafish (10)
    Looks amazing. Hope to build it one day.

  • 5 years, 5 months ago Aboiteau (295)
    Fantastic! This is going next to my Wright Flyer once I've completed it. Have supported it on CUUSOO. Da Vinci would have been proud. Can you imagine what he would have done with Lego's had they been around when he was alive.
  • 5 years, 6 months ago Bolbuyk (11K) MOC Designer
    I built it this morning and it is really awesome! The flyer moves very smooth, honestly, I didn't expect that. It is very clever to use the whole flying machine as a counterweight to the wings, so every phase of the turn is balanced. The only slight thing is that there is a relatively weak connection between the stand and the man and also between the man and the machine. If you handle it a little rough they can come apart and then you have to figure out the fase of the machine and the phase of the stand to keep the movement smoothly. But when you display it, it moves without any problem.

    The instructions are also very good!

    Part 3830/3831 is very rare in tan, I used a construction with 2429c01 and plates 1x2, 2x2 and 2x4 to realize the same. The tan brick 1x12 is also rare, but you can use common 1x4 bricks for this.

    • 5 years, 6 months ago JKBrickworks (22K) MOC Designer
      Thanks so much for the comment! I'm always excited to hear feedback on my designs.
  • 5 years, 9 months ago Bolbuyk (11K) MOC Designer
    Again an amazing build. I like that so much!
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