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Jul 26th, 2006 at 7:46pm
 
I recently built a small trebuchet with 1x2 lumber and 50 lbs of lead shot for counter weight, do you guys have any siege engines?
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Reply #1 - Jul 26th, 2006 at 8:40pm
 
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Reply #2 - Jul 27th, 2006 at 12:20pm
 
I have a small model perrier that works great
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Reply #3 - Jul 28th, 2006 at 10:19am
 
I've built several small seige engines out of things like pencils and spoons, and I have some plans drawn up for a large, full size battle arbalest (think of a crossbow not just on steroids, but also addicted to weightlifting as well and that's an arbalest) I've never done anything full size, so maybe one day, I can finally try it out.
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Reply #4 - Aug 1st, 2006 at 2:30pm
 
I have made a small ballista that shoots penciles.


talk to castle7 he built a pretty big treb.
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Reply #6 - Nov 10th, 2006 at 11:11am
 
Well, me and guys started to build a trebuchet two weeks ago. There are eight of us building it, including me. It's going to be over 4 metres high and the counterweight is probaply going to be 50-150 kilos. We have just started it and are going to finish it in christmas holiday. I will post some pics when it's ready.
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Reply #7 - Nov 12th, 2006 at 12:33am
 
i have 2 baliistas one little and one big, one 4 foot trebuchet, a 6 inch trebuchet, and a knex trebuchet
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Reply #8 - Nov 21st, 2006 at 2:55pm
 
nope :-)
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Reply #9 - Jan 18th, 2007 at 12:16pm
 
Sorry that I haven't been here for a while.

About the trebuchet, most of us got bored in the project because we had some hard time findig enough materials and time too. Always someone was somewhere else than he should supposed to be and we didn't have enough workers building the trebuchet. One of the problems was that we couldn't find a good axle. It's quite hard to find a iron pole that is 5 cm (2 inches) thick and 1m (3 feet) long, and no one wanted to put money on the project more than 10€. Lack of interest and materials made the project fail (rainy weather and snow didn't help at all). Maybe we try again in summer when it's drier.  Grin
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Reply #10 - Jan 18th, 2007 at 4:55pm
 
Out of curiosity I just tried building a torsion catapult out of a spoon and a clothes airer. I used only a single loop of packet cord. That was a mistake: as soon as I got it under tension it ripped apart at the knot. I will try it again later, now it is not the time of day to make a lot of noise in my flat (23:00).
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Reply #11 - Jan 19th, 2007 at 9:54am
 
A few years ago for the Scout klondike, I helped my troop lash togeter the dorkiest looking perrier you ever saw. It was about 8 feet tall with a 12 foot arm.  They thought it would never work. Well, we came in second. We would have come in first, but we were firing up a steep hill, something they didn't tell us.
   There were quite a few troops that made nice lookin torsion catapults, but didn't know you cant leave them outside to get wet, or the rope will stretch .
Of course, I could have told them that, but....
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Reply #12 - Jan 20th, 2007 at 3:21pm
 
My SCA household made a hand-powered trebuchet several years ago. Was quite the rage for awhile. We tried to convert it to a genuine counterweighted version and never seemed to get the range we wanted. Very heavy to manuever (it was on wheels), so not as practical for a fluid battlefield situation. It was made from 4X4s and stoof about three meters high.
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Reply #13 - Jan 21st, 2007 at 10:57am
 
cool, another Scadian enters the fray. I'm from the Rhydderich Hael in AEthelmearc.
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Reply #14 - Jan 23rd, 2007 at 11:07pm
 
I'm from the Barony (and Kingdom) of Atenveldt.

"Warpup" hasn't made it to Estrella in a few; I'm going to bug our Head of Household on where we stand with it. Funny thing, he got cited from his HOA for having a "basketball hoop" in his backyard, since "it" stuck up over the fenceline.

He politely informed them that the CC&Rs had absolutely no prohibitions on siege engines. Grin
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