Wooden War Engine Kits
By James Grahame
There aren't enough trebuchets and catapults in suburbia. Just imagine the fun you could have at a Friday night BBQ with a decent trebuchet. After all, nothing says, "I despise the half dozen rusting cars in your driveway" quite like a flaming rotten sheep arcing over the back fence. Or so I'm told.
To get your feet wet, try building one of these wooden war engine kits from ThinkGeek. The $19.99 catapult has a 10-foot range and measures 12"L X 5.5"W X 5"H. It's made from precut and pre-drilled basswood with spruce/pine/fir main beams. The $34.99 trebuchet has twice the range and measures 18.5"L X 11"W X 13"H, making it slightly harder to hide in your cubicle. You'll need some pliers, wood glue and manual dexterity to complete your mechanical marauding masterpiece.
Wooden War Engine Kits [ThinkGeek]