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Da Vinci Catapult Kit, Wood

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Specifications for this item
Brand Name THUMBS UP
Color Wood-colored
EAN 5060113897978 , 4260312481836
Is Assembly Required Y
Is Recalled? N
Item Weight 12.32 ounces
Number of Items 1
Part Number DVCAT
UNSPSC Code 60101710


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WARNING:
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 Description

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

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 Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 7 inches ; 12.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0047ZZJTQ
  • Item model number: DVCAT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,905 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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As many people have noted, the catapult's firing arm snaps after a few launches. I upgraded the catapult by purchasing a Threaded Rod, USS/Coarse Zinc Plated 1/4" - 20 x 12" (Barra Roscada Rosca Gruesa Enchapado en Cinc) distributed by Crown Bolt of Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 (UPC 0 30699 17000 5). Made in China. I purchased this at my local Home Depot for about $1. The threads work nicely for screwing into the existing wood pivot and the launching spoon. I will need to reinforce the arm padding a bit as with one launch it has flatten the end and left deep impressions in the foam. I also believe it would make more sense to have the pull trigger setup to pull the trigger arm to the side (left) rather than to the front of the catapult which is inconvenient and possible dangerous.
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