From the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans up through medieval times catapults were used to gain a tactical advantage on the battlefield. The simplest form of the weapon was the onager or mangonel, where a projectile was placed in a cup or spoon on the end of a throwing arm. The arm would be powered by twisted ropes of hair or fibre. When fired, the arm would swing up and slam into a stopping block, causing the entire catapult to buck, and sending the payload on its way.
Abong's catapult is inspired by these early designs. It is powered by a powerful twisted rope skien, and features a simple spoon and arm type arrangement.
Each piece has been accurately machined from carefully chosen lumber, and precisely drilled to allow easy assembly. Detailed, clearly illustrated assembly instructions guide the builder through each step of construction. The completed model measures 20.3cm(8") x 10.1cm(4") x 15.2cm(6"). A how-to section demonstrates loading and firing the completed catapult, including tips on tuning the finished kit.
Abong manufactures all of their products locally without the use of lead. This kit is simple to load and fire, and uses lightweight hurling stones to prevent injury.
Footprint: 20cm (8") x 10cm (4")
Axle Height: 14cm (5.5")
Throwing Arm: 20cm (8") [4:1 Ratio]
Motive Power: Twisted cord
Range: 4m (12')
Note: Wood glue is needed for assembly of this kit (not included). Additionally, you may choose to use a clamp to hold pieces together while they dry, or rubberbands work fine for this purpose as well!
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My rating of Catapult Kit
Posted 12/28/2012 by Laura Bouma
The product came with missing pieces. The longer stick was not in the box nor were the attachment pieces...like the string etc. I would like another one sent. I will be able to complete a true review once I can put it together for my son. It is smaller than I imagined though.
An incomplete kit just doesn't fly. We promptly shipped a replacement catapult for our customer. Visit the Returns & Exchanges Center for sure assistance.
Fun! My 5-year-old daughter enjoys launching the wooden balls that were included, and once you lose them, it's fun finding other useful projectiles. I knew it was going to be small, so I wasn't disappointed. Slightly overpriced, however, in my opinion. That said, still solid pickup for a gift. I would guess adults have to be involved in assembly up the age of 10 maybe? But it only took about 15 minutes to assemble (and I'm a mom ;-)
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