Catapult Kit - Build Your Own Wooden Mini Medieval Warfare Kit - With 18 Foot Range
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- The Abong Catapult Kit Makes Medieval Warfare Fun and Educational
- Well Written Color Instructions and Laser Cut Hardwood Make Construction Easy
- Test Your Accuracy and Distance Firing the Wooden Ammo
- Build Multiple Kits to Wage Desktop Warfare
- Fun For Kids and Adults Alike to Construct
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Catapult Kit - Build Your Own Wooden Mini Medieval Warfare Kit
Created by the ancient Greeks as artillery to increase the range of their attacks, the catapult became a mainstay on the ancient battlefield. ABONG's engineers have constructed this miniature replica to make learning and building catapults fun and easy! This set comes with everything you need (excepting wood glue) to build a functional replica of a Roman era catapult. This replica is 8" long and 6" tall and can hurl it's shells over 18 feet! The detailed colored instructions are easy to read and allow you and your child to have fun building and playing with this well constructed replica.
This type of catapult, commonly referred to as an "onager," was a staple as part of the Roman siege warfare equipment. Twisted ropes could create enough torque to launch rocks and debris long distances at enemy troops or fortresses.
This ABONG catapult kit helps make construction and education fun. You'll be amazed at the high level of detail and the high quality of this catapult.
This set includes:
-Laser cut hardwood frame
-Wheels and axles
-High strength cordage
-All required hardware
-Detailed full color instructions
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The quality and appeal of this model is right up there, but make sure you approach this kit with the right expectations. The pieces are meant to be glued together, and you really need to clamp them in some way to get a good bond. This means you also have to wait for the clamped joint(s) to dry before proceeding to the next piece. I think my son (7) and I spread the work over three days.
That's a long time for anyone tending toward the impatient. However, it's a good lesson about the facts of gluing and woodworking. It's just _not_ like LEGO. You don't get as much immediate reward, and your creation grows more slowly. My son tends to be the patient sort, so this wasn't a problem for us. Happily, you don't have to cut and sand the wood yourself -- the manufacturer has done a fine job of that.
I happened to have some appropriate clamps, and also used rubber bands to clamp the diagonal pieces. I think one could use rubber bands for pretty much all of the clamping except maybe the vertical posts... We just used regular white school glue.
Ours came out quite sturdy and worked well. My son is quite happy with it.
My husband and I bought seven and assembled them with his cousins during a family Christmas get together. Our ages range from 8 to 28 and every single one of us had a good time putting them together and competing for who could shoot the farthest. It probably took all seven of us an hour and a half to assemble, although that is just a guess. I am definitely glad there were so many of us, because I feel like it would have taken forever to figure out had I been going at it alone. The instructions are just small pictures, it's very easy to glue a piece on backwards/incorrectly because of how many pieces need to be put on in each step. We were all helping each other throughout the process and a few of us had to take ours apart because we did something wrong in one of the first steps... oops. It was definitely a learning process and not for the impatient. They also tended to fall apart while we were using them in the backyard, but that was probably because we added extra pressure to get them to go farther (30 to 40 feet). Just don't expect these to last a lifetime and go into it as a learning experience!
The one thing that we had an issue with was the parts not being cut wide enough to accept the others. Not a problem though; we had a Dremel on hand to give those pieces just a little extra room. Other than that, she didn't have any other issues with the kit at all. When not in use, it also makes an interesting conversation piece on the shelf in the living room when guests come over.
The boys did require some assistance from their parents or myself, but I viewed that as a positive. Together they would discuss how they were going to assemble the next pieces, the parent would hold the pieces in place, while their son would apply the screw or bolt. The parents really got involved in the activity with their sons. The finished products were sturdy and all operated perfectly without additional modification.
The boys were excited throughout the process and eager to begin launching projectiles immediately upon completion. The kit includes 3 small wooden balls for that purpose. I had some small blocks they used to build castle walls and battlements, they would then attack with their catapults. They easily completed the construction in about 45-50 minutes.
I recommend this as a great project for parents to engage in with their children.