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Abong Ballista Wooden Miniature Tabletop Desktop Warfare Kit - Easy Assembly and Reliable Performance - with Detailed, Full-Color Instruction Guide - 28 Pieces
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- ROMAN DESIGN - 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.
- FROM SELECT HARDWOOD - It is laser cut from select hardwood for easy assembly and reliable performance.
- COMES WITH AN INSTRUCTION GUIDE - Detailed, full-color instructions guide the builder through each step of construction.
- 28-PIECE KIT - Designed with interlocking parts, a simple, reliable trigger, high strength cordage and lightweight projectiles this ballista is incredibly durable. This 28 piece kit can fire payload over 30 feet.
- DESIGNED FOR ALL AGES - Both kids and adults will have a blast in building and launching the Ballista.
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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The Ballista Kit is based on the Roman design. It is laser cut from select hardwood for easy assembly and reliable performance. Detailed, full-color instructions guide the builder through each step of construction. The completed model measures 20.3 centimeters (8") x 10.1 centimeters (4") x 15.2 centimeters (6"). A how-to section demonstrates loading and firing the completed Ballista, including tips on tuning the finished kit. Required wood glue not included. 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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He got a kick out of this, though - whew!
He already had a nice handmade catapult, a laser-cut trebuchet, and the USB-controlled foam missile launcher, so this was the logical next step.
Two things to consider: it's not a basic, easy-peasy build for an 8-year-old despite appearances. This requires wood glue (not included) to build, and there were two parts not listed in the instructions: the parts had changed, and the instructions had not been updated to reflect this. Fortunately, when the SO called the company, he got excellent assistance that assured him the place the thought the two "wrong" parts should go did in fact go there.
He called during the build. "I'm in my bedroom with wood-clamps on my ballista. This is really weird!" is his way of saying "Thank you!". Mission accomplished.
Highly recommend this kit as a project for youngster and a Dad. The pieces are perfectly cut out and go together very well, The instructions are clear and detailed. My youngster loved checking off each step as we did it, A few steps need a bit more help from the adult but most of the work spreading glue and fitting the pieces together were doable with just adult supervision rather than interaction.
The end result is a fantastic little scale model. Shoots accurately and suprisingly far and well. We got to talk about Romans and made some cardboard targets. A great, extremely well made, learning toy.
PS would be great at work. It is pretty accurate and looks neat. Could be made into a display piece with a bit of wood stain.
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