The design for our tabletop trebuchet kit has been refined and optimized over four years using computer aided design technology. It will stand up to rigorous use, safely and reliably firing the included projectiles. The sturdy wooden construction of this miniature catapult model is ideal for classroom demonstration, but it is equally at home on the desk of any medieval enthusiast. As part of a project on medieval history, as the centerpiece of a science project, or sitting on the mantel, it is sure to draw attention and generate interest.
Each piece has been accurately machined from carefully chosen lumber, and precisely drilled to allow easy assembly. Detailed, clearly illustrated assembly instructions guide the builder through each step of construction. The completed model measures 20.3cm(8″) x 10.1cm(4″) x 15.2cm(6″). A how-to section demonstrates loading and firing the completed catapult, including tips on tuning the finished kit.
We manufacture all of our products locally without the use of lead. This tabletop kit has been designed to safely demonstrate the operation of a trebuchet. With a simple, reliable trigger, a low counterweight mass and lightweight projectiles this catapult is ideal for indoor use. Three easy-to-follow rules for public demonstration are provided to ensure everyone’s safety.
The trebuchet was the ultimate artillery weapon of its time and the most highly evolved catapult type weapon. It could be built on location, and was able to hurl carved stone balls weighing up to 300lb (136 kg) at enemy fortifications. The trebuchet could be fired from a safe distance, outside the range of its victim’s arrows.