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Nickodemus

Paintball Trebuchet *video added

I am considering building a Trebuchet, maybe 8 feet tall extended: http://www.redstoneprojects.com/trebuchetstore/treb_animated.html

I could then buy a cheap case of paint, and load it up to shoot all 2000 balls at once with some good yardage. Would be cool for senarios... a siege engine. Would also be nice to plant on the opposite team right at the beginning of a rec game.
tigman250

it would be a fun project!
Ghostslinger

o Nick. wat will u think up next? marvelous idea btw. Very Happy
TriggerHappy1

Hahaha I can imagine a storm of paintballs bombarding a whole team. God thatd be awsome.

I made a Trebuchet over the summer...






Absolutly no planning while building it.
Nickodemus

That's sweet! How did she shoot?
TriggerHappy1

Well we had a few trials to get the angle of the release pin right. Had a metal rod sticking out the top that the rope/object looped onto and released at a certain point. Took a few trys to get the right angle. Once we did we launched a citronella candle over the fence you can see in the pic. Just about 30yards. Could have gotten it much further with more trial and error. But my dad deemed it unsafe before we could... So we burned it.
abr5

i maed a mini cataupult in 5th grade, it could shoot pretty far, nad cou probably shoot a squad buster grenade\

a trbuchete would be sooooo cool, cept it would be expensive to shoot 2000 paintballs a shot
Nickodemus

TriggerHappy1 wrote:
Well we had a few trials to get the angle of the release pin right. Had a metal rod sticking out the top that the rope/object looped onto and released at a certain point. Took a few trys to get the right angle. Once we did we launched a citronella candle over the fence you can see in the pic. Just about 30yards. Could have gotten it much further with more trial and error. But my dad deemed it unsafe before we could... So we burned it.

For such a beastly machine it looks like your rope is very short. Did you try it longer, only 30 yards is nothing for a few pounds with that size arm. Maybe you limited your velocity?
TriggerHappy1

Perhaps that would have helped. Never considered it though. Does the sling lenght really help with distance?
Nickodemus

TriggerHappy1 wrote:
Perhaps that would have helped. Never considered it though. Does the sling lenght really help with distance?

My god yes! Your's looks very short. Everything else looks good.
P8ntBallKing10

tigman250 wrote:
it would be a fun project!


yea it would
sinisterNorth

Sounds like a great idea. I'd love to see it, let alone use it. It would suck looking up at the beginning of a game and seeing a hail of paintballs coming down on you.
Nickodemus

I'm not certain if the counterweight should hit the ground or swing like a pendulum.
I'm going to have to build it so I can move it... can't shoot in my backyard.
g36 monkey

the only problem is i think you may need to use better paint for this sort of thing because i dont think cheap paint would work coming down....awesome idea and i hate to be a pessimist but i think the would hit and bounce....now if you could really get it to go at a good velocity and not just going more up...then it would definately work Rambo
Nickodemus

The cheap paint around here is the thin shell easy breaking econo-tourny stuff. Old balls break easy also. It would be a great use for the cheap eggs you don't trust to put through your marker in a game.
If they fly 100 yards, they should break.
g36 monkey

my cheap paint you can throw on the ground and itll bounce like a bouncy ball Rambo
tigman250

Nickodemus wrote:
I'm not certain if the counterweight should hit the ground or swing like a pendulum.
I'm going to have to build it so I can move it... can't shoot in my backyard.


pretty sure it's suposed to swing not stop dead??
TriggerHappy1

Its definatly supposed to swing freely. In our first runs it hit the ground and stopped dead and didnt even launch. So we dug a hole under it to swing freely. Thats very important.
Justice

I'd say go for it.

I remember that TH1. Wish I could of seen it person.
TriggerHappy1

It was really halfassed. All the wood was old studs from the deck we were redoing... we just picked them up and nailed them together without planning. It was very sturdy though. Disassembly was a pain, especialy safely getting the blocks and 80lb arm off safely. Then taking it apart was done with a german shovel and hammers. Took a good few hours. Burned it all that night.
Nickodemus

I built one... very quickly it's not the best quality.
Loaded up a water balloon:

She shoots (the pop at the beginning was someones firecracker from down the street): http://media.putfile.com/Balloon-chucker

I found that the biggest adjustments are done by your sling length and also by the angle and length of the pin at the end of the arm for the release. Now that I have learned some about it I want to take some time and make a nice one out of metal pipe.
tigman250

pretty sweet man, did you hit the guy with the firecracker?

who is gonna weld the pipe one for ya? wink wink
Nickodemus

Nah that was going on a couple houses behind me.
I have a friend I paintball with who could do the welding in his shop at work. I need to get the pipe. I already have some tires I can put it on. I would like to hang the throwing arm on a set of bearings, I would also like fine windage adjustments by rotating it... I still have to scrounge around for parts. I am thinking about having the counterweight as a vessle I can fill with water. That way I could drain it to make it easier to transport, then add water until I get the mass I need.
TriggerHappy1

Thats awsome! Good work, cant wait to see the final metal one. How much weight is on there?
Nickodemus

Just 100 LBS, two 50 plates.

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