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Miniature Ballista Kit - Wooden Desktop Warfare Ballista

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  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 3.8 x 1.4 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B005WS0SHA
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,097 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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The ballista was the ultimate artillery weapon of the Roman Empire. Similar in appearance to a giant crossbow, it was powered by massive bundles of twisted horse hair. The bolts it fires would mow down enemies and fortifications alike. This kit is based on the Roman design. It is laser cut from select hardwood for easy assembly and reliable performance. This tabletop kit has been designed for simple assembly. Designed with interlocking parts, a simple, reliable trigger, high strength cordage and lightweight projectiles this ballista is incredibly durable. Three easy-to-follow rules for public demonstration are provided to ensure everyone's safety.

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Customer Reviews

Overall, it was a lot of fun.
Mary S. Romberger
The ballista in some cases is super hard to assemble because the "laser cut" pieces don't slide in perfectly.
paolo
Was up and working in no time.
L. Clos

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Russell Stayanoff on August 25, 2012
When I initially received this, just by looking at the box, I began to doubt it was worth the money. However, I turned a few of my enterprising students loose on this model and I have to report it was worth every penny. The skeins(string)are a bit tricky, as stated in another review..but if you have an issue..just call over an eighth grader and he'll handle it for you..I admit, never being a sailor or a Boy Scout, I was a bit baffled by the loops until two students said..no wait!.do it this way...and in no time it was done..you have to watch your tension, align the projectile just right...true to history no doubt..and my students got more than 35 feet in range after a few adjustments. So by popular demand I am ordering three more for my other classes in Roman History, and we're having a ballista shoot-a-thon contest not seen since the days of Gaius Marius..I truly recommend this ballista without any reservation.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Wang VINE VOICE on February 23, 2012
I bought this ballista together with Catapult Kit (onager) from the same company. It is much more intricate than the latter. Both arms are powered by torsion cords like the real Greek/Roman siege weapon, and the wind-up mechanism comes with stoppers. There is also a firing trigger, which is missing in the onager.

The many parts are mostly assembled with wood glue, of which I have a bottle in the garage. My 10-year-old insists on doing this without my assistance at first, but eventually relents when it comes time to put together the torsion cords and the drawing string, partly because the instruction sheet contains a minor oversight in this stage of construction. The instructions are otherwise excellent and very easy to follow.

The end result is a fine replica of the real thing, with much better energy efficiency than the onager. My son is very proud of himself and very fond of his newly completed science project.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gatz on January 9, 2012
This was a fantastic purchase and a lot of fun to construct with my son. He is a history enthusiast of ancient warfare and loves this toy. Absolutely advise getting one for your "tween" or teenager.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Fatal-Noogie on May 17, 2013
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It seems the slab of wood for my set was loaded crooked onto the computer-controlled laser-cutting machine. Every piece is about 2° or 3° askew on the edges. This means the holes on the top and bottom plates in front, that the stopper pins slide thru, do not align. If you try to slide a stopper pin through one it will run into the plate below or above. I cut four bamboo skewers and slid them in place where the pins were supposed to go. The pieces that were supposed to be glued under the shaft to connect to the stand were about a millimeter too wide, owing to the misaligned angle of the laser cuts. Therefore they would not fit in the notch where they were supposed to unless pressed in with a wrench, pliers, or a vise, and even so, the pieces want to pop out again.
The tuning pins, used to hold and adjust the tension of the twisted cables, were very clumsy. They are designed to adjust the tension in half-turns or 180° increments, which is not a small enough increment to accurately match both sides.

All of these problems were resolvable for me because I already had all the woodworking tools in my garage to fix them. However, for the less mechanically prepared, I would warn that there's a chance you may get a defective or misaligned set like mine.

When it finally does achieve working condition it fires pretty reliably, but since I had to alter every other piece to make that happen, I can't give this more than two stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sean M. Davidson on December 9, 2012
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This kit went together easily. Looks great and works great. I bored it out to 1/2" so it can shoot Nerf darts. Would recommend this kit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on November 13, 2012
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This was a cool project that I enjoyed. It's worth the time to build because it shoots across my
House! Probobly 45 feet tops on a lucky shot. It is just a little unpredictable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie on December 26, 2012
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My son-in-law, a history buff, had this on his Christmas list. He was quite pleased with the kit, and felt it was good quality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Eagle on March 25, 2013
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Excellent engineering exercise, and who said engineering wasn't fun. Once built, it is satisfying to use it and measure the different distances.
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