(from Land, Air & Sea
Museum) A twin seat machine, that drives on land, floats
like a boat and dives like a submarine.
The motto and the quest: 'Riding, Floating, Diving'
Imagine a superb 'film quality' exhibit of a futuristic, shark like
underwater travel machine coupled with novel but practical
engineering methods of pressurization, stabilization and the ability
to drive on land and you have the Amfibidiver.
We defy anyone to look at this machine without their heart rate
Superb is the only
description for the incredible high quality of concept, design and
engineering that make up the Amfibidiver. This is a 'must see' for
anyone interested in engineering for the lessons it can teach.
The Amfibidiver is a very portable machine and can display as an
attention grabber at events or as an impressive inspirational
learning tool for schools and colleges etc. A series of educational
sessions are being prepared based on the Amfibidiver ranging from
underwater design considerations to prototype design concepts,
construction and alterations.. We have been provided with a
beautiful record of its construction story including many clips from
newspaper articles. It has been displayed at several boat shows in
Belgium and on television.
For exceptional events, or film opportunities, its inventor may also
The brain child, dream and workmanship of self taught engineer,
inventor and adventurer René Baldewijns from Belgium. René has many
hair raising adventures in small boats to his credit. He spent
several years dreaming up and designing the Amfibidiver and a year
constructing and testing it. He has a small team of interested
helpers who follow his amazing adventures including Katty Vermeulen,
who was project manager for the Amfibidiver.
Ren'e says it is simple. Just take one dream, the fuel tank of an
airplane, two bicycles, the motors from five electric wheelchairs,
the hull of a sailing boat, seven drink containers ( a real
justification for that empty bottle collection), several kilos of
resin, a few garden seats and several miles of electrical cables.
Mix it up with a years work without pay, some incredibly dangerous
testing work, enthusiasm, total dedication, utter exhaustion and
many sleepless nights and you have one Amfibidiver!.
So there you are fellow inventors - get to it. If you can create
anything half as good as the Amfibidiver you will have a masterpiece
of engineering to be proud of.
The Amfibidiver is
currently in the collection of the
Land, Air &