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Posted 24 October 2007 - 08:03 PM

Me and a couple of my friends are planning n building a full size catapult, do you guys know any good plans or websites youcan show me that have free plans o blueprints for catapults. Thanks
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Posted 24 October 2007 - 08:05 PM

What sort are you planning to build? I can think of several variations off the top of my head.

Also-catapult or trebuchet? The trebuchet is much more effective and easier to build with common materials.
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Posted 24 October 2007 - 08:17 PM

I sedgiest a trebuchet

Here is a good tutorial on how to start out with a small one.
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Posted 24 October 2007 - 08:30 PM

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 08:44 PM

i was planning on building a tension catapult but i might consider doing a trebuchet if you could show me some good plans
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Posted 24 October 2007 - 09:13 PM

Build a trebuchet. It sounds cooler and you get more power.
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Posted 24 October 2007 - 09:51 PM

I've built a few trebuchets on a medium scale (about 6 ft to the top of the arm in vertical position) and even attempted a ballista. Believe me, not only is the trebuchet much more gracefull and beautyfull, it is also much more eficient. Keeping proper tension in a tension catipult would be diffocult at best. Not to mention, limitations in your tension-creating material will keep you on a relatively small scale. A trebuchet is both more simple, and can more easily be built on a large scale.

The main problem with the standard tension catipult ("mangonel" if i'm not mistaken) is that the initial trajectory is horizontal. From there, your projectile can only go downward. With a trebuchet, you get more of a flinging action, much like that of a person throwing a ball. The projectile moves at an upward angle and the shots are arked. This effect is magnified by the use of a sling instead of a cup on the end of the arm.

A fun use for this mortar-like trajectory is, of course, a form of easy to operate paintball artillery. You can either throw individual grenades or, with a litttle enginuity, grapeshot.

I could rant on about this for hours but its late. Perhaps I can provide some more in-depth commentary tomarrow.

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 05:17 AM

Well a full scale peice of machinary like that is a little decepive... Overall size veries cause the largest built where several stories high, even "small" peices are about 10'. But for construction plans it depends and which way you want to take it, if you want accurate, period style then you'll need to search historical sights.
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 07:11 AM

depending on scale youre aiming for, i built a rat trap powered catapult in highschool for shop. i could shoot a small rock over 50 yards with a boom that had a plastic spoon on the end (boom was about 14" long). i would suggest keeping it simple. using just your hands to hold it back and let go is simpler than trying to build a mechanism to pull back and release the rat trap.... although cocking it by hand, and having a release switch would be easy. just remember that youll need a sturdy "stop" that will end the traps movement on a dime, and hold up to the insane amount of torque. and be careful... rat traps will break a finger as easily as theyll snap rat necks.
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 01:47 PM

You guys changed my mind so i think ill make a trebucheti was thinking of making one with a 6 foot arm do u guys have any plans or sites?
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 03:12 PM

i saw this on mythbusters! good luck i would try it but

1. im poor
2. my parents are against midevil weapons
3. my friends are too lazy to help
and 4. id hurt myself
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 04:27 PM

I'll see what I can do for you.



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Posted 25 October 2007 - 04:31 PM

what are you planning to launch, like watermelons or something?

or buy a paint making kit (like the kind in paintballs) and fill some big baloons or something cool (:

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 06:57 PM

were planning on shooting tennis balls or like apples
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 07:05 PM

Well the best one I saw was on mythbusters when they visited the guy who could launch car 100 feet at least with his gass powered trebuchet.
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