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Catapults have been around since the days of ancient Greek and the Roman empire. Catapults are also vital instruments in siege warfare when walled castles and cities became more common. They are used for breaching walls as well as firing incendiary missiles as well as diseased carcasses over walls.

There are many different designs for the catapult with different ways of harnessing the launching power of the device. Leonardo Da Vinci came up with his own catapult design but it is not known if his design was ever built and used in actual warfare. For fans of the great inventor and also ancient weaponry, you can build a miniature version of Da Vinci’s catapult with the Leonardo Da Vinci Catapult Model Kit.

Da Vinci’s catapult uses double wooden leaf springs to store to potential energy required to power the catapult. The leaf springs do not power the catapult armature directly but rather a drum that is wound with a rope. The design is a rather ingenious mechanical contraption. Enthusiasts have already built full-sized versions of Da Vinci’s catapult and have proven that the design works amazingly well. The scaled model functions just as the full sized ones and it even comes with clay balls as ammo that can be fired as far as 15 feet.

The Leonardo Da Vinci Catapult Model kit comes with all the parts required for building the catapult. Instructions are also included. The catapult is held together by wooden pegs just like the ancient catapults. This is a great model for both hobbyists and also as a learning model for the classroom.


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