Catapult (Medieval Siege Engines)

Catapult (Medieval Siege Engines)

# 038315

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Item #: 038315
Grades: 4-AD

Product Description:

10 x 5 x 8. Throws anything light, round, and under 1" in diameter over 15 feet! Includes miniature plastic balls.

Category Description for Pathfinders Wooden Model Kits:

The main purpose of these all-natural, untreated wood kits is to demonstrate scientific principles in action. Heres how they work: each kit comes as a set of pre-cut wooden pieces, which are assembled according to illustrated black and white instructions. Once you finish putting everything together, the set becomes a fully-functional scientific or historical representation. The catapult, for example, stands at 8 tall, 5 wide, and can fling small objects over 15 feet. But its not just a glued-together wooden frame with a rubber band attached; these kits are put together almost precisely how the real thing was, using only authentic parts. Small wooden pegs (miniature versions of the huge pegs used in the real deal) connect crossbars, supports, and pieces of the frame just as nails would in modern-day building projects. A tiny rope strung through the middle and wound by torsion bars gives the catapult its power, allowing it to hurl miniature stand-ins such as fruit, marshmallows, or even tiny rocks in the exact same way several-hundred-pound projectiles were once thrown in medieval times.

The attention to detail and precise engineering of these kits is absolutely wonderful. While this level of complexity increases the time it takes to put together these kits (about 1 to 2 hours), it also drastically improves the functionality and realism. Kids can learn not only how modern and medieval inventions were put together, but they can also see the scientific principles in action that make them work. The creator of these kits even suggests combining the medieval siege weapons with math and physics lessons to learn about trajectories and graphing. The hydraulics-powered Robotic Arm is a great example of a scientific principle in action. Using three different syringes on a control panel of sorts, the arm can be used to move up and down, turn, and grab objects between two foam panels.

All kits are fully interactive. Catapults and trebuchets throw things, bridges can turn and lift using cranks and other wooden controls, and hydraulic machines can be controlled by liquid-filled syringes. These kits are also made to be supplemented with other toys; kids can use LEGO figures or other toys to man siege engines or operate bridge controls as a miniature train or other vehicle starts to cross. For more advanced builders and artists, all kits can be painted piece-by-piece to look even better.

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Pathfinders Design + Technology
0.7 (lbs.)
3.75" x 12.75" x 2.31"
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The models I wanted were back ordered.
Thomas K on Feb 7, 2020
Hands on gift for and 8 year old boy
Laura V on Jul 1, 2019
The models I wanted were back ordered.
Thomas K on Feb 7, 2020
Project for the Byzantine Empire
Erika G on Sep 17, 2019
Hands on gift for and 8 year old boy
Laura V on Jul 1, 2019
Jeremy K on Dec 14, 2018
A very smart girl asked me for something to build
daryl a on Dec 13, 2018
Christmas Gift
T G on Dec 5, 2018
for my daughters school peoject
gabriela n on Nov 26, 2018
i think it will be funny an i got way to many squirrls in my yard
Russ H on Nov 20, 2018
Looked like a nice build for my grandson
JOHN C on Nov 18, 2018
Grandson loved his, this one is for his little brother
Mary H on Sep 14, 2018
Evaluating for Cub Scout project
Tony M on Sep 12, 2018
Family fun games with mediavial theme
Sherry R on Sep 1, 2018
School project.
Dale P on Mar 26, 2018
school project
Katherine R on Feb 7, 2018
I like that it has realistic, no-hardware assembly, and that it is functional.
User on Dec 19, 2017
My nephew in Scotland loved coming to America and visiting me. He also loved the full scale catapult in my back yard . and I promised him a miniature one he could have in Scotland. This kit is educational and economical and is something he and his father can build together.
Brian W on Aug 21, 2017
This was a well designed kit at a reasonable cost.
Joseph G on Oct 12, 2016
As recommended in The Well-Trained Mind, 4th edition. Also, it looks cool and sturdy.
Charity on Sep 18, 2016
Project for the Byzantine Empire
Erika G on Sep 17, 2019
Jeremy K on Dec 14, 2018
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This was a bad product it looked nice but the wooden catapult holder didn't ever work. Even when we put it on correctly. I would not buy this again. :(
October 20, 2019
1 year ago
Junior high students had a great time building this! It went together in about 1 hour (as a team project).
May 15, 2017
over 3 years ago
Young Engineers Young Knights take heed! We bought this catapult for our just-turning 8-year-old son Within the first hour of opening it he had it built (with a "little" help from Dad on some of the smallest pieces) After many "battles " it still stands We thought it would greatly enhance the learning about the Middle Ages but it turned into a great science spin-off as well
July 14, 2009

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