The Ballista is Greek in origin but used by the Romans and by empires of the middle ages as well.
Though it may not use the torsion springs of the original Greek Ballistas (which originated from about 400 B.C.) it still retains some of the original qualities of a ballista.
Here are some specs on the desktop Ballista.
- 3 yd range (with 1/4 Popsicle sticks)
- roughly 9 inches long by 5 inches wide
- height of 5 inches
- made in 2 1/2 hours
- made from 1 washer, roughly 25 Popsicle sticks, roughly 10 inches of string, 7.5 inches of small diameter dowel, 2 inches of medium size dowel, 1/4 inch of large diameter dowel, 2 medium size rubber bands, wood glue and hot glue.
- I used a small vise, a 3 file set, a hacksaw, a good work bench, and a hot glue gun.
Great as a toy for younger kids all the way to adults (remember, always use caution and good common sense and always supervise kids when using this )