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Mini Floating Arm Trebuchet

No Glue! Build it in under ten mintues! Most popular trebuchet in 2012!

This mini version of our World Famous Floating Arm Trebuchet is a real powerhouse in a desktop sized
package. It can hurl anything from marbles to golf balls across the room or across the yard! The trebuchet
is essentially a gravity powered energy conversion machine, turning potential energy into kinetic energy
and using it to throw a ball. It's a great way to see classical mechanics in action!

It stands sixteen inches tall, thirteen inches long and nine inches wide. Just big enough to see some real
action, but not too big to keep on a bookshelf.

Precision cut by computer controlled machinery from top-quality 1/4" Baltic Birch plywood -- the best
available. The extremely precise cutting process guarantees that all parts fit, and fit right, with no glue
required. And not only does it go together easily, but this kit is designed to perform awesomely too. This
kit was personally designed by professional trebuchet engineer Ron Toms.

The Trebuchet Kit comes with everything you need to get started slinging! All the computer-cut, snap-
together wooden pieces, axles, a trigger, sling and pouch, and four wooden missiles! Assembly time: Only
ten minutes or less after removing parts from panels.

We've put a lot of time and effort into making this kit as easy and complete as possible. It's a fun way to
learn about physics and engineering!

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    Price: $34.95
    Minimum age: 6
    Availability: out of stock

    Item code: 10121


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Includes four pre-tuned interchangeable release pins for shooting at different angles of elevation.

Interesting Notes

Some Trebuchet History:

From the 13th century writing: "Itinerarium Peregrinorum et Gesta Regis Ricardi"

In June and July of 1191, Richard the Lionheart (the Duke of Normandy) laid siege to the city of Acre as part of the medieval Crusades.

The Duke concentrated on constructing siege machines and placing trebuchets [petrariae - literally, stone hurler] in suitable places. He arranged for these to shoot continually day and night. He had one excellent one which he called "Bad Neighbor" [Malvoisine]. Its continual bombardment partly destroyed the main city wall and shattered the Cursed Tower. On one side the Templars' trebuchet wreaked impressive devastation, while the Hospitallers trebuchet also never ceased hurling, to the terror of the Turks.

Besides these, there was a trebuchet that had been constructed at general expense, which they called "God's Stone-Thrower". A priest, a man of great probity, always stood next to it preaching and collecting money for its continual repair and for hiring people to gather the stones for its ammunition. This machine at last demolished the wall next to the Cursed Tower for around two perches' Length [11 yards or 10 meters].

The count of Flanders had had a choice trebuchet, which King Richard had after his death, as well as another trebuchet which was not so good. These two constantly bombarded the tower next to a gate which the Turks frequently used, until the tower was half-demolished. Besides these, King Richard had two new ones made with remarkable workmanship and material which would hit the intended target no matter how far off it was. . . . He also had two mangonels [traction trebuchets] prepared. One of these was so swift and violent that its shots reached the inner streets of the city meat market.

King Richard's trebuchets hurled constantly by day and night. It can be firmly stated that one of them killed twelve men with a single stone. That stone was sent for Saladin to see, with messengers who said that the diabolical king of England had brought from Messina, a city he had captured, sea flint and the smoothest stones to punish the Saracens. Nothing could withstand their blows; everything was crushed or reduced to dust.