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Tinker Out A Terror Of A Trebuchet

Author : Chris Sturat


Affectionately labeled as a medieval siege engine, a trebuchet's objective is to transport a load with sufficient force to cover some distance as well as height. In the days of yore, these contraptions were apparently used as part of a plan of attack by effectively flinging diseased corpses into enemy territory. Akin to the Trojan Horse-styled siege minus the finesse, this action stemmed further spread of infection and advanced in breaking down the enemy's defenses. When deciding how to build a trebuchet for modern day use, one should also have the reasons down pat as flinging undesired items in the direction of less friendly quarters does not demonstrate any acceptable form of neighborliness. If the reason is for sport or interest, by all means, fling away.

To make a medieval catapult of worthy proportions, there are a few types for consideration. Some designs are based on traction whereby manpower is needed to wind up the machine. Unless one has a football team or more ready to contribute their muscular force, other designs relying on the counterweight principle should suffice in delivering the distance minus the team effort. Good intentions may also have driven a designer to derive a method on how to build a trebuchet to propel a human being across a distance by a simple flip of a lever. Despite the excellent idea to cover much ground in a short span of time, many realize the folly of such a move once they are in the air and have no assurance of a soft and safe landing.

Since this tool is meant to shoot projectiles into the air for some distance, one should get his hands on ample ground to make a medieval catapult without risking injury to self and surroundings. Depending on design, space required may vary between an average backyard and a football field. By carefully working out the calculations, one can easily ascertain the needed dimensions and proceed to the next step. Assuming that no man, child or animal constitutes the projectile type, the eager beaver should focus on items posing no danger once airborne. This effectively eliminates all sharp objects which can easily become pesky shrapnel.

As a considerable amount of force is part and parcel of each swing, additional weight may help to add to stability of structure. In addition to a wide footprint, sandbags are an obvious choice to avoid a sudden toppling over of the trebuchet. Slip on a pair of protective goggles and gloves, and let the games begin.


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