Altoids tin trebuchet

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Altoids tin trebuchet

And with this “Curiously Strong Trebuchet” I think we’ve reached some sort of unholy singularity where everything that can possible go in or on a mint tin has done so. Now I think we’re all going to die.

The Curiously Strong Trebuchet: A Pocket Sized Medieval Siege Engine

8 thoughts on “Altoids tin trebuchet

  1. John Park says:

    Hence the purple velvet coffin interior backdrop.

    1. Anonymous says:

      I never thought of it that way. I just thought it looked medievalish.
      (I am the author of that instructable)

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is a catapult, NOT a trebuchet. AFAIK this uses rubber bands instead of a counterweight like a trebuchet would.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is a form of a trebuchet called a spring trebuchet.

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