Da Vinci, the First 'Mech Designer?
Most of you have seen Leonardo Da Vinci's
although perhaps like me, you weren't familiar with the name of it. Anyhow, it's
a study in perfect human proportions and mathematics, which you can read more
What you may not be familiar with, is that fact that about the same
time, roughly 1515 AD, Da Vinci actually designed the very first BattleMech!
Now, it's very doubtful that he actually built it, as he didn't build most of
his creations, but just like the helicopter and tank, his BattleMech was a
viable design, extremely advanced for the time, surprisingly similar to those in
use over 1,500 years later.
I have obtained a copy of this rare document, and have a copy below, so that
you can judge for yourself:
What is really surprising is that discovery of this rare document didn't make
the news. Must be a Terran plot to hide trade secrets, right? Anyhow, it
apparently was hidden so well, that it delayed design and manufacture of
the first BattleMech, the Mackie, for over 1,000 years! Just think how much more
advanced 'Mechs would be today, if we had just listened to Leonardo! ;-)
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Disclaimer: No, Leonardo
didn't really draw the picture above; I drew it, based on the artwork of
Doug Chaffee, something I've wanted to do for several years. But then, you
weren't really taken in, were you? ;-) If you use this picture anywhere,
please give credit to Rick Raisley, and link back to this page.
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