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Da Vinci Catapult Kit, Wood
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Da Vinci Catapult Kit, Wood

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0.77 pounds
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Features

  • Fully functioning, scale model of Leonardo Da Vinci catapult for demonstration of historical launching device
  • Flings soft clay balls (included) up to 15 feet for realistic reproduction of discharge
  • Made of wood for durability
  • Assembly required

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 7 inches ; 12.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0047ZZJTQ
  • Item model number: DVCAT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,661 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Catapults were first invented in Ancient Greek and Roman times, however our common idea of them is based on drawings we have from the Medieval Ages. Leonardo redesigned the catapult around 1485, and used the springlike energy stored in bent wood to give power to the swing arm.

Product Description

The Leonardo Da Vinci catapult model is scaled to size and fully functions to demonstrate the launching power of the catapult, a historical military device. The catapult flings soft clay balls (included) up to 15 feet to reproduce a realistic discharge, and is made of wood for durability. The model requires assembly. Mechanical models are typically built by hobbyists and model builders for personal use, or can be used as educational aids or projects in classroom settings.

Science education products incorporate applied math and science principles into classroom and homeschool-based projects. Teachers in pre-K, elementary, and secondary classrooms use science education kits and products alongside science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum to demonstrate STEM concepts and real-world applications through hands-on activities. Science education projects include a broad range of activities, such as practical experiments in engineering, aeronautics, robotics, energy, chemistry, physics, biology, and geology.

What’s in the Box?

  • Da Vinci Catapult Kit
  • Clay balls
  • Instructions

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169 of 176 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great eductional toy February 20, 2011
I purchased this educational model / toy from a different supplier, so I cannot comment on customer service, etc...

This review is for the Leonardo da Vinci Catapult science toy.
I will cover the general experience and age suggestion, assembly and contents, materials and quality, and performance.

I shared the experience of assembling this catapult with my 9 year old, and the instructions were a little over his head (That is OKAY, because package is marked for 12 and up).
I mention this because despite the complexity, his eyes were still fixated to the project, and most steps were simple enough such that he could accomplish them with guidance. (ex. glue pieces together, and assemble parts with wooden rods)
Due to tight fit of wooden rods in holes, some increased strength may be needed, but the kit also includes sandpaper just in case the holes are too narrow for the dowels; sand the dowel a bit, and check for fit--easy.
Please note that the project does NOT need any major modification or drilling out the holes, etc... perfectly fine for assembly the way it is.

With regard to the complexity, the instructions contained are very detailed, and appear as if much care went into creating them--definitely a bonus for being represented as an educational product.
I dare say there is even some light humor to breathe a bit of life into the documentation.
Fun facts about da Vinci, some age-appropriate questions and experiments for critical analysis, etc... too.
Everything is labeled in the documentation, and the shapes of the pieces are clearly marked for easy recognition.
Surprisingly, the project includes everything needed for assembly.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding educational and fun toy kit June 8, 2011
I gave this catapult to three kids, ages 9, 11, 13. They loved it. They became fully engaged in the task of assembling it. It wasn't too hard to assemble, but also not too easy. The information sheet that came with it was very clear, and the parts fit together well. The sheet also gives historical and kid-level scientific information. When they were done putting it together, they felt proud of themselves; it increased their self-confidence, that they could manage it. And they loved playing with it. Now their lego fort could be attacked properly! BTW, American Science and Surplus, the vendor, is a first-class provider of educational toys. Buying from them via Amazon is never a mistake. They're the best, and stand behind all the products they offer.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit flimsy November 14, 2012
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I bought this for my grandson, age 11, and he thought it was great fun putting it together. Unfortunately, the dowel that comprises the launching arm is not sturdy and broke right away. If it has enough tension on it to launch the ball more than a few feet, the arm slams down hard on the stop, causing the arm to snap. I repaired it a couple of times, once with glue and once with glue and string wrapped around it and glued firmly in place, but it broke again. My husband has now replaced the dowel with a larger one, and we're waiting to see how long it lasts.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wood catapult kit April 23, 2012
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Got 25 kits for Bring Your Child To Work Day.
The kits all went together without problems.
They took about one hour for a 12 year old to build - with a bit of help. A great project. The kids loved them.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun to build, poor to play with. November 26, 2012
By Shane
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This was fun to put together, not too complex and the directions were simple enough to follow. Some of the dowels had a rather tight fit. When you're putting it together be careful putting glue in the holes the dowels go into as it can make them very difficult to get completely in or through.

As for it's performance I have to say it was a bit lackluster. I fired off my first shot with no problems, it went about 7 feet. Since the directions say it goes up to 15 feet I tightened the strings up a little and fired it again. Went about 10 feet that time. Fired it a third time and the arm snapped. That was a bit disappointing which is why I don't rate this 5 stars. The directions do state this can happen, but I still feel like it should have lasted more than three shots. I'm going to replace the dowel with something stronger and see how it goes.

Also as a safety note be careful how close you pull the release string from as the arm swings very fast and can whack your hand.

UPDATE: I bought a 1/4" aluminum tube from [...] and replaced the broken wooden one. This thing is deadly now :)
[...] (0.049" Wall Thickness (±0.003")1/4" ±0.004" 0.152" 9056K623)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great grandparent/grandchild project. October 3, 2012
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What a terrific kit. My 6 3/4 yo grandson and I put it together in about 2 hours. His attention did falter. He only glued, but was essential to construction. The pieces all fit and went together smoothly. All pieces were present. After I explained that there was a DeVinci before Pokemon we went on to discuss Medieval warfare and how things were made. Construction is by numbered drawings which were easy to follow. I made 1 mistake, but was able to rectify with a Dreml drill. Excellent toy and learning device.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent December 29, 2011
First, I agree right up front with the other reviewer who says that when completed you have something worth displaying.

This is a great kit.

Everything you need comes in the kit, including the clay to make little balls to toss with this catapult. The directions are easy with clear drawings and written instructions. There is even a bit of humor injected into the directions as one of the required items you will need is a healthy snack with snacking included in the directions.

When you have finished you will be able to throw clay balls, marshmallows, and other small items clear across the room.

The directions include a section about Leonardo and some of his inventions and the times he lived. This is very educational and very interesting.

There is not one bad thing I can say about this kit. We will be buying more like this. It is excellent and worth every penny.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting kit
Like a lot of things built for kids nowadays that require assembly, it is an interesting and fun project. Once assembled, the catapult works well but it did not last long. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brake
4.0 out of 5 stars My seven year old grandson loved it
He was a bit disappointed thinking I was getting him a real full size catapult suitable for destroying the neighbors tree house but he had a good time with it and with some... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark G Hinds
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Good value. Works well enough. Fairly easy to assemble. Amazon wants me to say more but that's all I can say about this item.
Published 1 month ago by Larry Skier
5.0 out of 5 stars Teenage son loved it!
I have a tinkerer for a son and he loved this. And, as a bonus, it kept him off the computer for a little bit! Recommended!
Published 2 months ago by Phyllis Wheatley
5.0 out of 5 stars Bulldog loves it.
It tosses her doggie-treats up to 20 feet, if you get the string and the wood spars "dialed-ln"....love this thing.
Published 2 months ago by Ticked-off
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent toy
Rated it 5 stars because it had clear instructions, did not require batteries and is based on a scientific physics principle
Published 3 months ago by Maureen Urbaniak
4.0 out of 5 stars My newphew find it too small
My 10-yr-old nephew like the catapult, but find it a little too small for more fun. Built quality is good.
Published 3 months ago by Lim Boon Kiat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great kit, well made too
This was a great kit for my 8-yr old son and I to build together. A great opportunity to teach him some things about physics and engineering. Works great!
Published 3 months ago by L. Clos
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Very happy with purchase.
I purchased this item as a Christmas gift. He was very happy with the product, as was I! All of the pieces arrived intact. The instructions were easy to follow. Read more
Published 3 months ago by samantha price-rodrigues
5.0 out of 5 stars works better than the box says
On the box it says that it shoots 14 feet but when I tried it, it shot at least 19 feet.
Published 3 months ago by Mechanical guy
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