The Sling

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about how the payload is supposed to attach to our slightly questionable throwing arm. Unlike a catapult which relies on a basket affixed to an arm, the trebuchet uses a sling something like the picture over to the left that I ripped off of a university website (apparently this is a pretty common mechanical engineering project). By using the sling, apparently you add a lot more omph to your siege engine. Like the equivalent of snapping your wrist when you hurl a baseball. It also allows for easy adjustment as you can shorten or lengthen the sling according to your firing needs.

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  1. Stephen
    Stephen says:

    Nice explanation.

    You should setup a massive bulls eye target out at the end of the field to sling the various items at! That could be very cool. I can only imagine what a great video clip you could get by standing near the target with the trebuchet (accurately) aimed and seeing a pumpkin or something exploding on impact! What can I say, I’m a visionary.

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