The other main types of siege engine (trebuchet, torsion catapult, slingshot) are already well represented on Instructables, but we don't seem to have a Viking Catapult.

Inspired by a combination of Scout lashing activities and the books of William Gurstelle, combined with the need to rescale for a classroom or club activity, I present The Desktop Viking Catapult.

Step 1: Materials

You will need:

  • Six bamboo skewers
  • At least eleven elastic bands.
  • A small plastic pot or bowl.
  • Something to cut the bamboo - wire-cutters work well.
  • Ammunition (dried peas, paper pellets etc)
  • Space to play.
  • Opponents to battle.
Thanks for the nice 'ible! My 6-year-old loves his new toy :)
Haha, that's great! Thanks for posting the picture!
<p>how long are the skewers</p><p>for the catapult were using bamboo so its harder and stronger</p>
<p>The skewers I used were about a foot long, but I've seen these built using six-foot wooden poles.</p>
<p>Thank you for your inst/! I just made something inspired by it))</p>
<p>Thank you)</p>
i made this 'ible and it worked great! i didnt have any film canisters so i got a bottled water top and wrapped some elctrical tape, folded it and then got a hole punch and got some holes and chopped off the extra. i used a paintball and fired it using three fingers and it flew at least 50 feet! <br>
That is awesome - thanks for sharing.
you can also use hair bands i tried it with my wife's
Haha, I hope you asked her first!
I made an even tinier version,out of toothpicks and rubberbands... <br>
and it works as you say it does thanks for posting! <br>
You're welcome - could you post a photo?
you should post a video of it in action:) I can't wait to try it!
That is very cool.How will you use mass and volume<br>and all those stuff?
Sorry, I don't get your question.
im making a lifesize one with bamboo that grows like crazy down the street...... its gonna shoot water balloons
Make sure you post photos!<br><br>
actually now i changed my mind and im gonna build a triangular clubhouse outta bamboo... so thanks for the inspiration!
cool instructable and can i do this with pencils instead of skewers?
Of course you can - it will just be smaller.
It will be smaller, but stiffer. So it will last you a long time!
woooh east alglia ftw ( icant spell) where abouts u live? , btw awsome catapult
Way in the East of Suffolk.
im in suffolk are u in norlfolk?
See where I said I'm in the East of Suffolk?<br><br>That's all the details you get.
cool, near felixstow? <br>im near bury st edmunds
hahaha dont put the pot thing on and use straightened paper clip with a bent end, IT GOES MILES PLEASE TRY, GOES THREE TIMES AS FAR!!!!!!!!! <br> <br>-------------------------AWSOME---------------------------
If you're aiming at folk, make sure they're wearing goggles...
please try making the steps a bit more understandable may be in sketches but still this are very good
Nice, its late rite now but tommarow im going to build a giant one and use military grade bungie cord that I have laying around.
Surgical tube would be better :)
i tried something similar with surgical tube and after about two hours of playing outside with it the sun rotted the tube and i about put my eye out so i would be careful with that idea.
Where'd you get military grade bungie cord?
wait, you just happen to have military-grade bungee cord lying around?
Yeah, I&nbsp;got it from American Science &amp; Surplus I just looked and it dosen't appear that they sell it anymore<br />
That sounds cool. Why not post your own Instructable about it? Remember - plenty of photos.
thanks, finaly something on instructibles i have the stuff to build
You're welcome!<br>
&nbsp;its funny cuz my mom lets out a scream that sounds like chubacka when chess peices wiz by her head at lightning speed
Pardon me, but why do do you use chess pieces as ammunition?
he hates chess
and,stone wqork better.
I hope this works, I have a school project where I have to shoot three quarters glued together from a catapult powered by rubber bands. the quarters have to go over a 5-foot wall that is 6 feet away, then another 4 feet and hit at least within a 1-foot radius of a dinner plate, if we hit the plate, the teacher buys a pizza&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /> <br /> What a waste of three quarters
That waste of &cent;75 makes me sad D:
Good luck.<br />
It may be over sized but i found out the top of a plastic water bottle works great!
soda bottle caps work well
Cool, thanks.

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