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Da Vinci Catapult Kit, Wood
|Price:||$20.61 ($20.61 / Each) & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details|
Specifications for this item
|EAN||5060113897978 , 4260312481836|
|Is Assembly Required||Y|
|Item Weight||12.32 ounces|
|Number of Items||1|
The Leonardo Da Vinci catapult model is scaled to size and fully functions... See more product details
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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.
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- Da Vinci Catapult Kit
- Clay balls
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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.Read more ›
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 :)
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
son and i put this together one evening.......the next day it was all he played with.........is great quality and fit together perfectly........Published 4 days ago by whackmaster
Fun project to do with the kids. They had fun launching different things to see how far they would go.Published 6 days ago by Stanley Spadowski
My step-son worked hard to get this together but two small pieces broke when he tried to use it. It was just not strong enough.Published 8 days ago by Melinew
It's well built and lots of fun for a 9 years old to build and play. The downside is once glued on, it's hard to take apart if any mistake is made. This happened to my kid. Read morePublished 27 days ago by XiaoXiao
I volunteer with BBBS and my little im paired with loves to build. This was inexpensive and right up his alley. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Received as a gift by my son. The pre-cut pieces do not fit together, requiring some time with a drill-press to correct. Read morePublished 2 months ago by pro_crustes
Fun to build, but delicate on a functional level. More of a show piece to be used occasionally than a functional/sturdy toy.Published 2 months ago by tps
I liked this kit so much that I bought and assembled a second one to give as a gift.Published 2 months ago by J. Ray
I purchased this for my son's tenth birthday. He built it almost all by himself -- he needed a little muscle help with getting a couple of the dowels in, but otherwise he was able... Read morePublished 6 months ago by CaliforniaBear