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978-1-55652-526-1 / 1556525265

The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery

by Gurstelle, William

Publisher:Chicago Review Press

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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Instructions & diagrams illustrate how to build seven authentic working model catapults including an early Greek ballista a Roman onager & the apex of catapult technology the English trebuchet. Additional projects include learning how to lash & make rope & how to construct & use a hand sling & a staff sling. 7x10 inches 160 pgs. Whether playing at defending their own castle or simply chucking pumpkins over a fence wannabe marauders and tinkerers will become fast acquainted with Ludgar the War Wolf Ill Neighbor Cabulus and the Wild Donkey-ancient artillery devices known commonly as catapults. Re-creating these simple yet sophisticated machines introduces fundamentals of math and physics using levers force torsion tension and traction. Instructions and diagrams illustrate how to build seven authentic working model catapults including an early Greek ballista a Roman onager and the apex of catapult technology the English trebuchet. Additional projects include learning how to lash and make rope and how to construct and use a hand sling and a staff sling. The colorful history of siege warfare is explored through the stories of Alexander the Great and his battle of Tyre; Saladin Richard the Lionheart and the Third Crusade; pirate-turned-soldier John Crabbe and his ship-mounted catapults; and Edward I of England and his battle against the Scots at Stirling Castle. ABOUT THE AUTHOR:William Gurstelle is the author of the bestselling Backyard Ballistics and Building Bots. He is a professional engineer who has been researching and building model catapults and ballistic devices for more than 30 years. Softcover

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