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Miniature Ballista Kit - Wooden Desktop Warfare Ballista
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- This 28 piece kit can fire payload over 30 feet!
- Desk-topped sized measuring 8? l x 6? w x 6? h
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had to assemble this for my 10 year old, as it was a little too complex for him. Makes me want to go build a scale model!Published 9 days ago by xbows
I got this for my nine-year-old grandson. He's a smart kid but could never have assembled this. Instructions are vague, incomplete and missing essential information. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Got this yesterday, was able to build it within a couple hours waiting for the glue to dry. At first it shot about 20 feet. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Matthew Paul
Terrible. Pieces didn't fit together and it arrived with wrong parts...there was only one of what I needed two of and two of what I only needed one of. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tan P.
Wow. This was a beast to build. My 10 year old--a fairly competent builder--gave up after making a mistake, and it became mine to finish. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MMc