Catapult Out of Two Paper Clips

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Introduction: Catapult Out of Two Paper Clips

The latest in weapons technology... okay, maybe not, but it is a great little catapult about 2 inches long that can lob a small wad of paper over 3 feet! I started inventing them 2 days before making this instructable, and have made quite a few different variations since then. I'm sorry the pictures are so bad, but the camera I'm using has a really bad macro. Don't forget to leave comments!

Step 1: Things You Will Need

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Step 2: The Base

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Step 3: The Throwing Arm

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Step 4: Using It

To put it all together:

1. Double-loop the rubber band, then slip it onto the short end of the throwing arm.

2. Put the rubber band onto the base.

3. Put the pivots of the throwing arm into the hooks of the base. The rubber band should hold it firmly in place.

4. Put your fingers as shown in the second picture.

5. Carefully load the paper wad onto the long end of the throwing arm.

6. Let go of the throwing arm and watch the paper wad fly!

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117 Discussions

it doesn't work but it was cool

Lol. In my case the rubber band will probably be the easiest thing to find because I have braces and I'm wearing rubber bands right now. I have a bunch of bags laying around with about 100 rubber bands in each one. I even have different colors.

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nice idea but the steps are a bit confusing and you cant really understand how to attach the two paper clip parts together but on the whole i thinks its really good

nice idea but the steps are a bit confusing and you cant really understand how to attach the two paper clip parts together but on the whole i thinks its really good

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20kdk

3 years ago

Always use a jumbo paper clip :)

wow, where the heck did you get all those parts. that must have cost some dollars o_0

i think it didn't cost me much more than 1$ (but more than 2 hours of soldering ;) ). like i said in my first comment, the copper is from an electric cable and i didn't use much of it. the gold colored wire isn't gold i think. (it would be much to expensive and this wire is much harder to bend like gold wire would be)