Wilson provides photos of the building process, detailed and updated plans, plus construction information on ballistas, onagers and trebuchets. You will aso find information on catapult web sites and how to be included in some of the catapult contests around the country. Also included is some interesting catapult history, its strength and weakness as a weapon, and what it was that led to its demise as a functional war machine. There's no question that warriors have found more efficient means of lobbing projectiles at enemies, real and imagined, but has it ever been as much fun?
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This short little book of about 80 pages lists instructions for building 3 devices. An onager, a Trebuchet, and a ballista. These are full size machines, all of which you build on the base of a wood pallet,THe first 19 pages are on the history of catapults.
Bill Wilson is no newcomer to catapults - nor to writing about them. His first book on the topic provided many insights: Backyard Catapults: How To Built Your Own offers even more, from photos of the building process updated by more recent plans and ideas to catapult websites and contests around the country. Packed with black and white photos and diagrams, Backyard Catapults is a must for any interested in the topic.
There are so many good catapults in this book! My favorite is the pocket catapult, which is surprisingly strong. Not deadly, but pretty good. I also never knew you could make a catapult out of ham. I use mine to play skeet.
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