In this step by step tutorial I will be showing you how to make your very own Homemade Viking Catapult!

Step 1: The Materials

You will need 5 sticks that are are 4-6 feet long with a diameter of 1-2 inches. I am using 4 foot long sticks. The 2 shorter sticks you need will be 2-3 feet long also with a diameter of 1-2 inches. I am using 2 foot long sticks. You will need all of the items shown in the picture. You will also need something that will make a hole about 1/2 an inch wide, such as a drill.
Another thing you will need is approximately 60 inches of elastic band that has a diameter of about a half of an inch. Another thing you will need is some sort of bowl of cup to use as the holder for the item you will launch. Pictures of these items come later in this instructable.
<p>how far does it shoot</p>
whao they did not build it modern that right there is hard core
Where do you get rubber bands that big?
You can get them at medical and sports stores for fairly cheap.
Me and my children are totally going to love this. And they can help me gather sticks. This is an almost free activity for my kids this summer. I have everything on hand. I plan to cut up an old bike inner tube for the rubber band. Thanks so much for posting this! My boys love semi violent stuff! Ha ha!
It can even be made to be a metal snap-on, snap off, portable catapult... <br>Voted and gone to my Blog: <br>http://faz-voce-mesmo.blogspot.pt/2013/06/makerbot-e-agora-da-stratasis-e-um.html
Do you think this catapult will launch a 2 lb pumpkin very far??
It would depend upon how big you make the catapult. If you used 6-7 foot long sticks, as apposed to the 4 foot sticks I used, I bet you could get a 2 pound pumpkin to fly about 100 feet.
why is it named viking? <br>(i don't suppose that there were rubber bands at viking time)
It is known from accounts by monks of the time period that the Vikings used some sort of catapults in their looting of coastal, northern Europe. What they looked like is unknown due to the lack of drawings, so this is just a guess at what they looked like (this guess was made by Wayne Goddard in his book about catapults).
All you need are long trees, they're springy at the right moisture content (about a year to dry out right).
It is named Viking due to the obvious design similarities. And you are correct, they did not possess rubber bands at the time, which is why I assume he utilized rubber TUBING and a Miracle Whip container, thus achieving historical accuracy. Now don't YOU feel dumb.
Where do you put the cats?
Nice job! This brings back my Girl Guide days....it's a one person &quot;funnelator&quot;! <br>Who knew the Vikings not only were first to the new world but they also developed the funnelator! ( Watch out neighbours, they'll be no stopping me now!) <br> <br>
love it. on the list of holiday things to do...
I don't suppose you've read Wayne Goddard's book on catapults by chance??
Hahaha indeed I have, it's a good read.
This is the coolest thing ever
Great job - this looks awesome and my son would love this!

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