Leonardo Da Vinci, Ludovico Sforza and the Duke’s squire, Milano 1490

Leonardo Da Vinci, Ludovico Sforza and the Duke’s squire, Milano 1490


SKU: FRV-081

Leonardo Da Vinci, Ludovico Sforza and the Duke’s squire, Milano 1490 54mm metal kit figures – cod.FRV-081

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…carri coperti, securi e inoffensibili…

The concept was designed while Leonardo da Vinci was under the patronage of Ludovico Sforza in 1487.  Sometimes described as a prototype of modern tanks, Leonardo’s armored vehicle represented a conical cover inspired by a turtle’s shell.

The covering was to be made of wood and reinforced with metal plates. Slanting angles would deflect enemy fire, similar to Sloped armour today. The machine was powered by two large cranks operated internally by four strong men. The vehicle was equipped with an array of light cannons, placed around the perimeter.

Design flaw and dimensions of the vehicle
The gears of the design were located in a reversed order, making the vehicle unworkable. This is thought by some sources[who?] to have been a deliberate mistake by Leonardo as a form of security, in case his design was stolen and used irresponsibly.

However it’s almost impossible to fix this problem successfully without taking away power from its forward movement and strength. Regardless, the vehicle would have been too heavy to move and would have lacked the battlefield mobility seen in modern tanks that make them so effective.

The armored vehicle was designed to intimidate the enemy rather than to be used as a serious military weapon. Due to the vehicle’s impressive size, it would not be capable of moving on rugged terrain. The project could hardly be applied and realized in the 15th century.

Around 2010, a group of engineers recreated Leonardo’s vehicle, based on the original design, and fixed the mistake in gearing.

Peso 0,700 kg
Dimensioni 18 × 10 × 5 cm
Handle height (ground to handle)





12″ air / wide track slick tread

Seat back height


Head room (inside canopy)


Weight Capacity

60 LBS

Weight (w/o wheels)

20 LBS

Folded (w/o wheels)

32.5″L x 18.5″W x 16.5″H

Folded (w/ wheels)

32.5″L x 24″W x 18.5″H

Door Pass Through




Stand Up

35″L x 24″W x 37-45″H(front to back wheel)


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