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Greek and Roman Ballista

Now made in a mini version!


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

The Greek and Roman Ballista is the granddaddy of all field artillery. This display quality model is fully functional and really works!



The Ballista was an engine of war invented by the Greeks in 800 BCE, and later adopted by the early Romans. Ballistas were constructed of different sizes for the various purposes of siege and field warfare. The largest ones could throw projectiles weighing up to fifty pounds as far as 400 yards!

The ballista uses a pair of skeins (bundles of twisted rope) for power. Similar to the working of a crossbow, the Ballista actually preceded the crossbow in western culture by over a thousand years and is where we get the word "Ballistic".

This model shoots five-inch long, 1/2" diameter bolts (also called darts) about thirty to forty feet (when property constructed). It stands ten inches tall, twenty inches long and the arms sweep an arc over twenty inches wide. When not shooting bolts, this model is a great addition to your bookshelf or desktop.

More than thirty five parts are included in this kit, but it can be easily assembled in one day. Everything you need is included except for glue and a few simple tools like scissors, sandpaper, a file (a utility knife would be helpful too) and about three to six hours of your time from start to finish.

Features include:

  • High quality, naturally white hardwood.
    Can be stained any color.
  • Precision cut by computer.
    All parts guaranteed to fit properly!
  • Authentic trigger and winch mechanism
  • True skein torsion power- not a wimpy spring
  • Actual range from 20 to 40 feet or more!

The instructions are highly detailed and complete with photos, diagrams and historical notes. This kit can be assembled to a finished model in three to five hours, plus glue-drying time. Some light sanding may be necessary to smooth any rough edges.

We've put a lot of time and effort into making this kit as easy and complete as possible. It's a fun way to learn about history and engineering!



* Warning: This is a representative model of a real ancient military weapon. Use only with competent adult supervision.
* Shown stained as red oak. The kit ships as a natural, unfinished poplar wood product. Colors may vary.
* Can throw 40 feet when properly constructed and using appropriate missiles. Your performance may vary.



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

Assembly time:
For a Master carpenter doing a sloppy job: about 3 hours.
A person with no kit building experience being extremely meticulous: about 10 hours.
The model in these photos was built by Ron Toms in about four hours.

Assembled Size:
- Height: 10"
- Length: 22"
- Width: 12" (frame only), 20" including arm sweep.


Range:
- 20 to 40 feet (Optimal range assumes a well built and well tuned machine. Your performance may vary)

Shipping weight: 5 lbs.
Box dimensions: 24" x 12" x 4"



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

Orders of $200 or more get FREE ground shipping!

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Warning! This is a functional, working scale model of a real, ancient military weapon. Use only with competent adult supervision.

* Shown stained as red oak. The kit ships as a natural, unfinished poplar wood product. Colors may vary.

* Can throw 40 feet when properly constructed and using appropriate missiles. Your performance may vary.


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    Price: $119.95
    Minimum age: 16
    Availability: out of stock

    Item code: 10501

Notes:
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!