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A 1/60-th scale model built by Harry G. Harris, Professor of Structural Engineering, Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) in 1999. Notice the use of a sliding leaden counterweight that provides the torque needed to lift the ship.
Enlarged QuickTIme movie:
Four more QuickTime movies are available:
Seven still views are also available, each 40-90 kilobytes, 640 x 480 pixels:
The following paper discusses this model and its operation in detail:
"A Formidable War Machine: Construction and Operation of Archimedes' Iron Hand"This paper was presented at the Symposium on Extraordinary Machines and Structures in Antiquity held in Olympia, Greece, on August 20-23, 2001. You can download this paper in the following two formats:
by Chris Rorres and Harry G. Harris
PDF document (rorres_harris.pdf) 1.6 megabytes
Microsoft Word document (rorres_harris.doc) 3.7 megabytes
|A scale model built by Massimo Gozzo and Francesca Pedalino as part of their degree requirements in Architecture at the Università degli Studi di Reggio Calabria (Reggio Calabria, Italy : July, 2000).|
A 1/20-th scale model built by Prof. Roberto Iannò of the Instituto Statale d'Arte (Syracuse, Sicily, Italy : 1999).
Enlarged image: 229 kilobytes, 818 x 648 pixels.
Four more views are available:
|A model designed by students from Smith College (Northampton, Massachusetts, USA), located in Smith's Museum of Ancient Inventions. A larger image of this model and a description of it can be found at the following site:|
A model of an Archimedes' claw as an underwater ship shaker built entirely of Legos by Richard Wright. This model was a finalist in the 1998 Ancient Theme Lego Building Contest.
More photographs and a description of the operation of the model can be found at the following site: