Any Trebuchet freaks out there?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Kyerion, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Kyerion macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2008
    Ive build a large trebuchet (or large compared to the ones i know of). 160 cms tall, 180 cms long, and the arm is 240 cms long. Ive got everything built, but i have 2 bigs problems.
    1. The bag i used to hold 120lbs broke, and i cant think of anything strong enough to hold it that i can tie up to notches in the arm.

    2. I can't think of a material to make the sling out of that wouldnt release the ball before it reaches verticle.

    I have a job, and no bills, so there is no budget. Anyone have any ideas?
  2. biker74 macrumors member


    Aug 27, 2008
    Brilliant. Think they look great, and move majestically on release.

    The only thing I can think of is strong leather.

    There are alot of sites dedicated to this, so it might involve traipsing through websites for a day.
  3. DigiCatRedux macrumors member


    Aug 25, 2008
    Somewhere in New England, USA.
    Well, if historical accuracy isn't a must, I'd suggest something maybe like ballistic nylon netting or strapping. As the previous poster mentioned, I'm sure there must be an online community out there that could also recommend solutions.
    Oh, and you HAVE to post some pictures when you get a chance!

  4. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    Do you have any where you can use the thing?

    Love to see a video of it action (once it's been repaired), Trebuchets are so retro they're cool again :p
  5. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    Oh. I thought you were talking about the font...
  6. Tanglewood macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I made one of those back in high school for physics class though I didn't have the right weight for it to maximize its potential. I agree with DigiCatRedux if you're not trying to be historically accurate then you have a lot more options. Do you have any pictures?
  7. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I am relieved to see that I wasn't the only one :)
  8. wadejc85 macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    I second. I would love to see this, especially in action! :D

    Good luck getting it repaired!

    What's your ammo?
  9. Kyerion thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2008
    Im loading it with tennis balls for the moment. i plan to move up to more squishable, splatterable objects if i can get this thing launching properly. Then possibly work targets messing with the weight and the sling length.

    EDIT: I snapped a picture today in my backyard. (with sling missing though, it was disassembled)

  10. logophore macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2008
    Free 20+ft. Trebuchet if ya want it.

    i couldnt figure out where you all are posting from but if anybody's near southern california, i have a 20+ foot tall trebuchet that i cant store anymore. it's in 5-6 pieces for transport using a 14' trailer, but can probably be broken down even more for transport in a longbed truck. theres a poor quality pic and full description on orange county area. search trebuchet- email me from there.

    sorry if this seems like spam- I really am just interested in finding it a good home.

  11. pseudobrit macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2002
    Jobs' Spare Liver Jar
    It's a pretty decent typeface as standard MS issues go.
  12. duncyboy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 5, 2008
    A local builders supply firm does these in many sizes- usually get one free from building sites, they just throw them away- my mate got one when he re-did his garden.

  13. munson macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2008
    Boston, MA
    I was contemplating coming in here and talking about catapults, but that would not be nice, and I have a name to uphold.

    Also, I made a trebuchet back in HS a few years back, and she worked pretty well. Then my shop teacher backed into it before we got pictures. :(

    It was a few brief moments of glory that were sadly never recorded. If only we would have recorded the couple practice launches we did...
  14. wadejc85 macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    Nice job.. I like the webbing design on the bottom. Seems Spiderman-ish. ;)

    Squishable, splatterable objects.. heh... Sounds like absolute fun!
  15. Kyerion thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2008

    Yeah, its gunna be fun. And as for the design, i was just looking for something to put there, and the web design made sense at the time. No relation to spiderman
  16. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    web, i think is way tacky

    Kevlar is a great material
    pumpkins and small water melons work well,
    but i think (i do not know) that a lacrosse ball wrapped in something absorbent so it doesn't bounce like a mofo would be good (there quite heavy).

    i would put some cross supports to make a A frame from each side, but what do i know.

    again, Kevlar = beautiful
    and if you could find it, a Mylar and Kevlar bag

    my two cents
    red and black, everyone thinks it looks bad a$$ and mean, but really its just ugly.
    be more creative with the color, but my honest opinion is, do not paint it, something is going to break, it always does, so i wouldn't paint it.
  17. Kyerion thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2008

    We painted it pretty much to be able to stick our nose up to the other classmates. Tis' a shame it didnt work. Oh well, i get to keep it. It looked awesome and put everyone elses project to shame (even if it did fire backwards and the weight bag did break). Ill look around for Kevlar, though i doubt ill find it (i live in a small town without even a bowling alley. Kapuskasing, Ontario if any of you know it)
  18. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    internet is your friend, and actually nylon should work, or w/e its called, high strength nylon or just rope.

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