Introduction: Knex Catapult, Special Reloading System, Made by My 7 Year Old Nephew Joep

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This is a 6 wheeled knex catapult with a special reloading system (see step 4). It is made completely by my little nephew Joep, I didn't helped him. He is really smart for its age (I think), he is only 7 years old! I was just working on my new knex shotgun (see step 4) and after a few minutes, he showed me what he made! I was so amazed! I promised him to post it, and now its done. Anyway, I hope you all like this catapult. If anything is unclear, please post a comment. Oh yeah, and please be nice with your comments because 1: this is his first Instructable 2:he is only 7 years old and 3: this is not made for a knex war, just to have some fun. so don't go comparing it with KillerK's rifle or Gorkems sniper.

Hope you like it, don't forget to rate and comment!!!

Step 1: Building the Framework

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And we're off! Lets start with the hardest part, so that is done already. First, lets build the wheels. They are clearly explained on the first 3 pictures. Don't forget that you willl need 6 of them! Tires are optional, but they provide much more grip. On picture 4 you see the "frame". You need to make 2 of them. The fifth and sixth picture explains how the wheels are attached to the frame. The seventh image is another part of the frame. Easy as pie. OK, now that is done, take a little rest and go to the next step.

Step 2: Building the ( to Call This...) Other Stuff

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Now, you just have too make the other stuff on this catapult. Don't worry, It's very easy, just like everything else on my catapult. Let's start with the trigger. This is explained on image 1. I think that is just too easy. Next, the catapult (2). Just make that thingie. Then, build the part on the fifth image. Easy as pie. You need to connect that thing to the catapult. Explained on image 6 and 7. Watch out for the blue rings! (also known as "spacers") They need to be placed exactly as in the pictures. And on the final image you see the ammo. I made two of them, you can make as much as you like, but the catapult only holds two.

And now, let's move on to the next step!

Step 3: Assembly!

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Well, was that easy or not? It's now time for the assembly. Start with the parts you created at the first step. Attach them together like in the third image. Do the same with the other side (4). Don't get your front and back mixed up: The white gray connectors comes at the front, the light orange ones at the back. It must be the same in image 5. Now get that trigger from step 2 and place it where the notes are. If you have done it alright, it should be the same as in image number seven. A catapult is not a real catapult without... a catapult! So assemble it to the frame.(8 and 9) Again, take a good look at where the spacers are! If you are good at this, you could add a few rubber bands, but i was too lazy for that. And now...

BREAKING NEWS! You just made your own brand new knex catapult! Huray! i bet you can´t wait to try it out, so move on to the next step!

Step 4: Firing It!

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Its not difficult to fire this medieval piece of fun. To fire the catapult, pull the trigger upwards so it will push the ammo and let it fall into place. Then hold your finger at the dark grey connectors and...



LvNo1000 (author)2013-03-16

pretty awesome idea :)

hunter999 (author)2011-04-21

maybe a vidio on u tube will be good, if u have a u tube acount u can send a hyperlink from here to there

TigerNod (author)hunter9992011-04-21

Thanks for your reply. I do not have a Youtube account however, and I will not post anything on Youtube.

0922997 (author)2010-10-17

A 7-year old made this? I think he has what it takes to be what they call a 'Knexpert'

TigerNod (author)09229972010-11-11

May the power of the sarcasm be with you, my friend. :-P

0922997 (author)TigerNod2011-01-01

I'm not being sarcastic.

TigerNod (author)09229972011-01-04

Not? You do know what a knexpert is, right?

0922997 (author)TigerNod2011-01-04

I'm just saying he's good. And I saw the word knexpert on the official knex website. It means knex expert.

TigerNod (author)09229972011-01-05

Hm, okay then. But use the word "Knexpert" wisely on Instructables and Knex Innovation. Here it refers to a small group of Knexers who are really the masters of Knex.

I am Canedian is a Knexpert. Zak is a Knexpert. Darth Trainman is a Knexpert. Mepain is a Knexpert. Joep... isn't.

knexman2001 (author)2010-12-26

What is the ammo?

TigerNod (author)knexman20012010-12-28

Just two blue connectors.

knexsniper1 (author)2009-07-02

Awe, I think it's real nice of you to post what your cousin made :)

TigerNod (author)knexsniper12009-07-05

Yeah, it's not good on itself but he really wanted me to post it, so I did.

the-ruler-of-craziness (author)2008-11-19

post the shotgun

Good news. Look on my orangeboard to see my newest gun! The SPARCCS!

Haven't you read the update yet? I recycled it, sorry. The shotgun will never actually be posted. Sorry to do this to you and the people that liked it, but it will never come back.

the-ruler-of-craziness (author)2008-11-25

now time for a rant agenst tht guy

TigerNod (author)2008-10-18

Crap. All hope is lost...

Sigh... Some guy had the same idea as me. I could cry right now. ;-(

jollex (author)2008-09-24

Nice catapult and awesome instructions. You should post your shotgun.

TigerNod (author)jollex2008-10-13

About the shotgun; it seems that it is NOT an completely new concept. Your (totally awesome) Railbow rifle works quite the same! It uses a sort of cart on a track to push a ramrod. However, my thing doesn't has a ramrod but pushes the rods straight away to the target. Jay, I am still original!

jollex (author)TigerNod2008-10-13

Sounds cool, when are you going to post it?

TigerNod (author)jollex2008-10-13

Don't know, anytime soon. However, i want to post my RPG-7 first.

TigerNod (author)2008-10-07

Uh-oh. Someone else made another true shotgun. Yes, it is dsman who made that thing. It is a sort of tank. Here is a link, . It's the fifth slide. Fortunely for me, dsman hasn't posted it and it is an RBG that works really different from my design. Jay, I'm still original!

Oblivitus (author)2008-09-22

Cool, 3.5 stars.

Very Nice (methinks your nephew will be big!)!! The shotgun sounds great too!

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