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Miniature Ballista Kit - Wooden Desktop Warfare Ballista

3.8 out of 5 stars 160 customer reviews
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Build the Ultimate Artillery Weapon of the Roman EmpireExplore the world of ancient artillery with this exciting ballista kit. Powered by a twisted high strength cord, this laser cut wood ballista fires over 30 feet! This 28 piece DIY kit contains wooden ammo and all the required hardware plus full color instructions. Desk-topped sized measuring 8” l x 6” w x 6” h. Required wood glue not included. For ages 9+.Part of a DIY medieval series. Also check out:3155190 Catapult Wood Kit3155191 Trebuchet Wood Kit

Product Information

Product Dimensions 9.5 x 3.8 x 1.4 inches
Item Weight 6.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B005WS0SHA
Manufacturer recommended age 5 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #21,850 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#22 in Toys & Games > Arts & Crafts > Craft Kits > Wood
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By Russell Stayanoff on August 25, 2012
When I initially received this, just by looking at the box, I began to doubt it was worth the money. However, I turned a few of my enterprising students loose on this model and I have to report it was worth every penny. The skeins(string)are a bit tricky, as stated in another review..but if you have an issue..just call over an eighth grader and he'll handle it for you..I admit, never being a sailor or a Boy Scout, I was a bit baffled by the loops until two students said..no wait!.do it this way...and in no time it was done..you have to watch your tension, align the projectile just right...true to history no doubt..and my students got more than 35 feet in range after a few adjustments. So by popular demand I am ordering three more for my other classes in Roman History, and we're having a ballista shoot-a-thon contest not seen since the days of Gaius Marius..I truly recommend this ballista without any reservation.
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It seems the slab of wood for my set was loaded crooked onto the computer-controlled laser-cutting machine. Every piece is about 2° or 3° askew on the edges. This means the holes on the top and bottom plates in front, that the stopper pins slide thru, do not align. If you try to slide a stopper pin through one it will run into the plate below or above. I cut four bamboo skewers and slid them in place where the pins were supposed to go. The pieces that were supposed to be glued under the shaft to connect to the stand were about a millimeter too wide, owing to the misaligned angle of the laser cuts. Therefore they would not fit in the notch where they were supposed to unless pressed in with a wrench, pliers, or a vise, and even so, the pieces want to pop out again.
The tuning pins, used to hold and adjust the tension of the twisted cables, were very clumsy. They are designed to adjust the tension in half-turns or 180° increments, which is not a small enough increment to accurately match both sides.

All of these problems were resolvable for me because I already had all the woodworking tools in my garage to fix them. However, for the less mechanically prepared, I would warn that there's a chance you may get a defective or misaligned set like mine.

When it finally does achieve working condition it fires pretty reliably, but since I had to alter every other piece to make that happen, I can't give this more than two stars.
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I bought this ballista together with Catapult Kit (onager) from the same company. It is much more intricate than the latter. Both arms are powered by torsion cords like the real Greek/Roman siege weapon, and the wind-up mechanism comes with stoppers. There is also a firing trigger, which is missing in the onager.

The many parts are mostly assembled with wood glue, of which I have a bottle in the garage. My 10-year-old insists on doing this without my assistance at first, but eventually relents when it comes time to put together the torsion cords and the drawing string, partly because the instruction sheet contains a minor oversight in this stage of construction. The instructions are otherwise excellent and very easy to follow.

The end result is a fine replica of the real thing, with much better energy efficiency than the onager. My son is very proud of himself and very fond of his newly completed science project.
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By Gatz on January 9, 2012
This was a fantastic purchase and a lot of fun to construct with my son. He is a history enthusiast of ancient warfare and loves this toy. Absolutely advise getting one for your "tween" or teenager.
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My 9 year old son and I found this kit to be excellent -- very strong and functional -- but you should be aware of what you are getting into. You cannot build the model in one quick session and expect it to hold up. The parts are quite accurate, but they don't just "snap together" like so many things do these days. We love LEGO, too, but this is just DIFFERENT!

You should use white glue and carefully align and clamp each assembly, letting it dry thoroughly, especially the first group of pieces that make up the main body and center front frame, as that takes a lot of stress. Small clamps are best, but you might get by with rubber bands or just weighing the pieces down while they dry, although the latter methods would make it more difficult to keep the alignment correct. (I was surprised at the comments reporting that the model broke or came apart, and I suspect that the glued parts were not clamped or weighted during assembly, or not allowed to dry.)

I don't recommend that an inexperienced youngster try to build this alone, and you should be prepared to spread the construction over a few days. But the investment of effort pays off by teaching woodworking skills and patience, and resulting in a very fun and functional ballista! After it was thoroughly dry, my son had a blast firing away at a "castle" he had populated with toy figures, also using a simple wooden catapult we had built together previously.

Our kit was high quality, with no missing parts, and the instructions were pretty good, if I remember correctly. Our kit came with only two or three projectiles (and they're easily lost), but we found other object to fire.
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