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The Mini Trebuchet

Great things come in small packages!

Designed and made in the USA for better quality, better performance.

This perfectly tuned miniature trebuchet is a beautiful addition to any desktop, and it really works! It takes up only 4" x 9" of desktop space and stands just 14" tall (7" at the axle).

The trebuchet was the ultimate artillery weapon of the medieval period and early renaissance. A large and unwieldy weapon, it was typically built on-site during battle, and tuned to lob great weights - such as the carcasses of rotting horses and pots of burning pitch, over the castle walls and onto its inhabitants.

This is our newest and smallest trebuchet design in a long line of catapult kits. Designed by master trebuchet expert Ron Toms, this machine is ideal for the student on a budget or as a wonderful display piece for any desktop or bookshelf of any history enthusiast.

Precision carved by computer controlled machinery for guaranteed fit and accurate joinery. The detailed instructions include loads of photos of each step of the construction process, tuning tips and safety notes.

Included in the kit are four wooden projectiles, all the necessary components for the sling, trigger, and counterweight bucket as well as all the parts for the kit. The only thing you'll need to supply are 88 pennies for counterweight and a few simple tools - Scissors, a ruler, a utility knife, wood glue and a few rubber bands to hold the pieces together while the glue dries.

Tools required:
Scissors, Glue, Ruler, rubber bands and a utility knife. Sandpaper is optional.

Assembly time:
For a Master carpenter doing a sloppy job: about 30 minutes.
A person with no kit building experience being extremely meticulous: two to four hours.
The model in these photos was built by Ron Toms in under an hour.

Assembled Size:
- Height: 14" (frame only: 7")
- Length: 9"
- Width: 4"

Additional Counterweight Required: 88 pennies.

- About 10 feet.

Shipping weight: 1 lb.
Box dimensions: 13" x 13" x 2"

Bulk pricing info:
1 to 4 kits, standard price.
5 to 9 kits, 10% off
10 or more kits, 15% off

Orders for $200 or more get FREE ground shipping!

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    Price: $39.95
    Minimum age: 8
    Availability: out of stock

    Item code: 10441

So, why do my kids
need this stuff?

Seriously, get some toys, go outside and play. It's good for you. Spend some quality time with your kids, your buddies or just get away from the TV and computer long enough for a good dose of sunshine.

Learn a new skill. Get some exercise. Make someone happy. Make yourself happy. Set-up some cans and knock them down, just to see if you can.

Teach your kids something about safety, posture, focus and concentration. It's easy if they have something fun to do while they're learning it.

The science of Physics was founded on the principles of ballistic motion. What better way to develop an interest in physics than to play with ballistic toys? And you know where that leads... First, physics, then math, engineering and economics. Next thing you know, he'll be studying medicine with plans to become a ridiculously high paid sports doctor with a keen knack for investing, all because someone bought him a projectile shooting toy gun as a kid. How's that for a reason?

Here's an even better reason- kids like to play with their parents and they like to compete. Do some target practice with your kids in the backyard. It's far better than watching re-runs of some lame TV show or turning into a video game zombie! Parents and kids need to interact. It's our goal to provide the toys that make it easy. We're doing our part, now you need to do yours.

So, one more time, get some toys and go outside and play!