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Making Netted Pouch Manila Trebuchet Slings
Feb 9th, 2020 at 8:23pm
 
I've been developing a method to make trebuchet slings with woven netted pouches.  The method was just trialed in Texas at the Trebuchet Fireball shoot, and the slings worked great!  If you dunk manila rope in a bucket of water before each shot it holds up well against the flames.  I have a large sling in this style that I use to throw bowling balls from my trebuchet.

I have two YouTube videos now that feature how I am making these slings.  I learned a lot about it here from the tutorials by Matthais a long time ago but have put my own spin on things.  To someone who makes slings, these may be ugly, but I'm increasingly thinking that in light of trebuchets, it only matters that it works.  And work it does!

I am going to try flaming bowling balls from my big sling this week and I will let you know how the ropes hold up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbTmTzyULcQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISdMdPgQ3BQ

http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1089355251/0#0

http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1082334802/8
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Re: Making Netted Pouch Manila Trebuchet Slings
Reply #1 - Feb 10th, 2020 at 2:45am
 
Flaming trebuchets shots never get boring! Cheesy Awesome!
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Reply #2 - Feb 10th, 2020 at 4:52am
 
Have you ever thought about throwing a clay pot filled with say, red hot Iron nails... or Red hot iron sand/filings?

Apparently this was a really big thing back in the day! Good for setting fire to the neighbours castle. Tongue
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Reply #3 - Feb 10th, 2020 at 2:38pm
 
Maybe consider a wool blanket as a fire retardant layer to protect the rope?
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Reply #4 - Feb 17th, 2020 at 1:23pm
 
Sorry it's been a while.  I forgot to check in!  We did flaming bowling balls a few days ago and it went awesome.  Indeed, launching fire never gets boring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1fniKBMuLQ

I have definitely thought about throwing clay pots.  In fact, I emailed some professors in ceramics at my local university a few months ago, wondering if they wanted to make pots to throw with the trebuchet.  None of them responded and I haven't followed up.  I'm still thinking about clay pots.  Wondering if I can make myself some kind of substitute by molding plaster around a balloon.  It needs to be something strong enough that it would survive launch (for sure) but would break on impact.  Could fill it with all kinds of things and then use the usual technique to set it on fire. 

I haven't done pots yet mainly because it would be a lot of work and expense and would need a lot of trial shots and testing.  I would want to launch, say, pots filled with water, to make sure it all works for certain before I ever dared to launch pots filled with gas.

To protect the ropes, I simply dunk the sling in a five-gallon bucket of water before each shot.  The manila rope, when wet, really doesn't burn or char -- it just gets some black discoloration.  The sling has held up fine.  I should take some pictures of it next time I'm out there.

I actually tried putting out our campfire next to the trebuchet with a wool blanket a while ago and I burned a big hole in the blanket.  I think the coals were too hot.  I hear that wool blankets are good for putting out fires but there must be some details I'm missing.  That was my first time trying to do that.
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