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Posted: 3/15/2006 10:17:07 PM EDT
Ok, so I'm driving home this morning and I see a freaking trebuchet in a local neighbor’s driveway.

Which on of you guys is it???

I'll post a pic in the morning if I can figure out how to get it off my phone.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 10:46:14 PM EDT
Maybe he's going to toss some pimped hondas with it? If so get pics.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 11:02:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By soowah:
Ok, so I'm driving home this morning and I see a freaking trebuchet in a local neighbor’s driveway.

Which on of you guys is it???

I'll post a pic in the morning if I can figure out how to get it off my phone.



What is a Trebuchet ?

Hey I'm new! ? !
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 11:55:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/15/2006 11:58:49 PM EDT by soowah]



It's a medieval siege machine. Similar to mangonels and ballistas? (Catapults and big ass crossbows)

Instaead of using some sort of spring force or tension it uses a counter weight. In other words, it launches really heavy objects a long way! (cars, pianos etc. )
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 3:36:47 AM EDT

Originally Posted By soowah:
images.google.com/images?q=tbn:yzlNzjqE1EAJ:www.castlewales.com/trebucht.jpg


It's a medieval siege machine. Similar to mangonels and ballistas? (Catapults and big ass crossbows)

Instaead of using some sort of spring force or tension it uses a counter weight. In other words, it launches really heavy objects a long way! (cars, pianos etc. )




Time to unpimp ze auto...
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:52:52 AM EDT
We built one in high school out of garden timbers and 5 gallon water buckets. You'd be amazed how far you can toss things.

Sent my sister's tricycle a good 150 yards.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 8:09:54 AM EDT
kick ass.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 8:59:53 AM EDT
Its not in gardenvalley is it ? If it is I know whos it is! And if I go get it its MINE Buddy built one and his wife says it has to go. So he said if I come get it its mine.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 9:34:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/16/2006 9:37:09 AM EDT by ProfessorEvil]

Originally Posted By mikejohnson:

Originally Posted By soowah:
images.google.com/images?q=tbn:yzlNzjqE1EAJ:www.castlewales.com/trebucht.jpg


It's a medieval siege machine. Similar to mangonels and ballistas? (Catapults and big ass crossbows)

Instaead of using some sort of spring force or tension it uses a counter weight. In other words, it launches really heavy objects a long way! (cars, pianos etc. )




Time to unpimp ze auto...



Oh, Snap!

Vee just to dropped it like eets hawt.

Speaking of which, is that the Lloyd Dobbler voice over at the end of the commercial?!?!
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 5:24:43 PM EDT
Still can't get my e-mail set up on my phone to e-mail the photo.

The A-frame is roughly 9-10ft tall. With the arm upright the whole apparatus is about 20ft total. He has a huge metal box attached to load the counter-weight. Looks like it could hurl a small icebox or a dishwasher. But somehow I think it's built for watermelons.


Also this is in Wylie. Buncha Ya-hoos out here anyway
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 5:53:08 PM EDT
Hmm...neighborhood wars with trebuchet launched pumpkins?
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:38:29 PM EDT
If any of the Hun Farm regulars are reading this thread, it would be a really cool project to build a trebuchet at the farm.

TC

Link Posted: 3/17/2006 6:26:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/17/2006 6:38:00 AM EDT by hk940]
The ratios are very simple. If memory serves…

You make it out of Equal lateral triangles. Most beams are a given dimension.
The main beam is twice the length of the primary dimension and the a-frame.
The width between the uprights is half the main dim
The line is the same length as the main beam.
The width of the base is the major dim.
There are two types. One with wheels and a fixed counterweight and one with a base and a swinging counterweight.

Get some good pics and you can figure it out.

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