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Leonardo da Vinci Catapult Kit
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- Comes complete with all pieces pre-cut and ready to assemble
- Glue included
- Suitable for beginner model makers
- Easy to understand instructions
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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.
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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 spring like energy stored in bent wood to give power to the swing arm.
Top customer reviews
It can be a bit tough to launch with the string, I took some fine grained sand paper and sanded the block that stops the catapult from firing (where it hooks up to the cog wheel) so it was nice and smooth. Then I took some paste wax and waxed that portion as well. Shoots much smoother after that.
Be careful, some of the parts are very similar and easily confused and if you glue them together its not coming undone.
Oddly the parts are all inch and fraction dimensioned and all the instructions call them by their metric values. - like it was designed and made in the US but with instructions written for metric users.
I didn't use the clay - I was afraid it might leave greasy marks around. I found the best "ammo" to be some aluminum foil balls crumpled up tight to be about 1" in diameter or a little larger. It shot about 15-20 feet. good for a family room or long hallway.
Grandkids 2 and 5 played with it some. It was accurate so I could hit them square in the chest repeatedly and they loved that,
They had trouble shooting it because the unit is light and you have to hold it down while pulling the release.