CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Da Vinci Catapult Kit, Wood
|Price:||$17.00 & FREE Shipping|
Specifications for this item
|Brand Name||THUMBS UP|
|EAN||5060113897978 , 4260312481836|
|Is Assembly Required||Y|
|Item Weight||12.32 ounces|
|Number of Items||1|
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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.
What’s in the Box?
- Da Vinci Catapult Kit
- Clay balls
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Built this with my nephew over Christmas break. He was almost too old for it (11), but was a good sport. The instructions are pretty easy to follow. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kayshew
I had a blast building this with my 11 year old. Works great and good bonding time.Published 5 months ago by just me
Bought two for each of my grown children's families as Christmas gifts. When they got together recently, it made for a fun activity- first the Dads & sons building the catapults,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Teri Blount
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 5 months ago by whackmaster
Fun project to do with the kids. They had fun launching different things to see how far they would go.Published 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months ago by XiaoXiao