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Beta1
19-05-2007, 17:17:05
Today I helped fire this

http://www.bbc.co.uk/coventry/content/images/2006/08/14/castle_11_353x470.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/25/38544724_9706bd8e60.jpg

managed to fire a 50kg rock about 225m.

I was in one of the wheels doing the hamster thing.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
19-05-2007, 17:57:38
medieval - total war!!!

C.G.B. Spender
19-05-2007, 18:53:57
hehe, the "hamster thing", hehe

self biased
19-05-2007, 22:59:14
is that a trebuchet in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Greg W
20-05-2007, 01:49:58
You burnt it? :eek:

maroule
20-05-2007, 08:15:22
that's very cool stuff
just dispointed it wasn't fire boulders...
the MTW ones are of a different design though, no hamster weels

Beta1
20-05-2007, 08:32:55
yeah, i seem to remember hamster wheels on one of the types of catapult in the original MTW though. Its at warwick castle by the river. Apparently they do fire burning missiles when the castle is open for an evening event.

We were only going to have a look around the castle but got volunteered for trebuchet duty because we were one of the first in that day. Took about 15 minutes to winch the arm down (its got a 5 tonne counterbalance) then about 10 minutes to unwind the winch rope again (otherwise the wheels spin when the thing is fired). I was expecting it to be quite noise but its actually very quiet when fired. It fires quite a high arc (the top of the arm is about 18meters and the sling rope adds another 6 to that) so the ball comes down at quite an angle on impact. It dug a trench about a meter deep and 3 long in the mud when it landed.


They can load another 3-4 tonnes into the basket and their record shot at that weight is nearly half a kilometer.

self biased
20-05-2007, 16:44:31
great scott!

LoD
20-05-2007, 23:57:48
Woot \o/!

MDA
21-05-2007, 10:54:54
that's incredibly cool, but isn't it uncomfortable running with the hamster?

MoSe
21-05-2007, 11:32:26
Originally posted by Beta1
then about 10 minutes to unwind the winch rope again (otherwise the wheels spin when the thing is fired).

With you inside?
That would be the best part!