Tabletop Catapult: Build Your Own Siege Engine!

Tabletop Catapult: Build Your Own Siege Engine!

by William Gurstelle

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Imagine yourself as a military commander preparing to attack a castle or fort back in the days before gunpowder was invented. Faced with tall, seemingly impenetrable walls protecting a well-armed enemy, you would have one powerful weapon at your disposal: catapults. These remarkably engineered mechanical devices were the artillery of the pre-modern world, built for hurling heavy missiles with devastating force over or directly at castle walls. Now with this handy and illuminating kit, you can construct your own tabletop version of these catapults, designed for display and envisioning those incredible days of yore.



  • William Gurstelle’s book The Art of the Catapult, which describes the history of siege warfare engines, the complex math and science behind them, and several projects for building your very own thing-flinging devices 
  • A kit for building your own precisely engineered and historically accurate catapult

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435123472
Publisher: Sterling Innovation
Publication date: 08/19/2011
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 118,080
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 2.40(d)

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Tabletop Catapult: Build Your Own Siege Engine! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This package includes an interesting book giving great background and history of the catapult and other weapons of mass destruction (at least of those times). It also lightly covers the engineering of such devices. It's a delightful read. The book has many other projects to build - other seige weapons. Though you must provide your own materials. The wooden catapult model is fun ro build and works well at flinging small objects across the room. It's easy to build, and can be done in about 30 minutes.
Engr-EMT More than 1 year ago
Very good! Very easy to build. Informative and fun for my grandchildren. The trigger mechanism is easy to improve. Use a wide rubber band cut & staple one end at the bottom of the trigger below the catch pin. Run the rubber band flat on the floor under the bottom abd around the top of the base frame opposite the trigger catch pin side. Pull the rubber band taut and staple to the top of the base. Cut the excess. So now the rubber band pulls the trigger against the swing arm. Pull the top of the trigger away from the swing arm to fire.