Go Back   Rangefinderforum.com > Cameras / Gear / Photography > Being a Photographer > Off Topic

Off Topic Feel like venting or just passing a joke? If so, do it here. Please keep it clean. Minors do visit this site.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes

I am building a trebuchet.
Old 09-10-2006   #1
RdEoSg
Registered User
 
RdEoSg's Avatar
 
RdEoSg is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Southern California
Age: 40
Posts: 765
I am building a trebuchet.



I've always wanted one of these!
This is it so far. The base is about 31 inches long, the height is about 29 inches.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg trebuchet3.jpg (155.4 KB, 167 views)
__________________
-Chris-

www.cubanpolaroid.com

Sold the Leica. Sold the Hassey. Bought the Rollei.

Just Kidding.

Bought the Rollei. Bought the Leica. Bought the Speed Graphic. Bought the 8x10.

Living in a cardboard box.

Instagram: christennyson, cubanpolaroid
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-10-2006   #2
rvaubel
Registered User
 
rvaubel's Avatar
 
rvaubel is offline
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Berkeley,Ca
Posts: 787
Cool

Quote:
Originally Posted by RdEoSg


I've always wanted one of these!
This is it so far. The base is about 31 inches long, the height is about 29 inches.
My God, so have I!! This is a real hobby in the UK. I saw a show a few years ago, where the hobbiest where launching pianos a 1/4 mile or so.

Good luck! You should be proud that you are doing something truly usefull and

Rex
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-10-2006   #3
RdEoSg
Registered User
 
RdEoSg's Avatar
 
RdEoSg is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Southern California
Age: 40
Posts: 765
I love the one somewhere in England that can launch VW Bugs quite far!!!!
__________________
-Chris-

www.cubanpolaroid.com

Sold the Leica. Sold the Hassey. Bought the Rollei.

Just Kidding.

Bought the Rollei. Bought the Leica. Bought the Speed Graphic. Bought the 8x10.

Living in a cardboard box.

Instagram: christennyson, cubanpolaroid
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-10-2006   #4
rbiemer
Unabashed Amateur
 
rbiemer's Avatar
 
rbiemer is offline
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Cortland, NY
Age: 59
Posts: 4,966
Cool

COOL! What are you going to fling with it? Disposable cameras if you can figure out a delay of some kind so they'll snap a photo in-flight? Eggs would be fun but messy...water balloons?
Keep us updated, please!
Rob
__________________

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
--Mark Twain
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-10-2006   #5
peterc
Heretic
 
peterc's Avatar
 
peterc is offline
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Aurora, ON
Age: 64
Posts: 1,499
Quote:
Originally Posted by RdEoSg
I've always wanted one of these!
You going to launch empty film cassettes at the neighbours when they get noisy?

Peter
__________________
____
Peter

"If you understand what photographic materials can do, you can learn to form a mental image of the finished photograph before you actually trip the shutter." -- David R. Young
My Gallery
My 10 faves + 2
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-10-2006   #6
ray_g
>
 
ray_g's Avatar
 
ray_g is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: CT & NYC
Age: 52
Posts: 2,731
Some ideas:

http://www.rocketryphotography.com/cameras/Cameras.html

BTW, i love saying that word... trebuchet...trebuchet.
__________________
Ray


  Reply With Quote

Old 09-10-2006   #7
rvaubel
Registered User
 
rvaubel's Avatar
 
rvaubel is offline
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Berkeley,Ca
Posts: 787
Quote:
Originally Posted by ray_g

BTW, i love saying that word... trebuchet...trebuchet.
I love the word too. In fact if I was to be reincarnated as a famous photographer, I would prefer to be named Henri Cartier-Trebuchet.

Rex Trebuchet
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-10-2006   #8
RdEoSg
Registered User
 
RdEoSg's Avatar
 
RdEoSg is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Southern California
Age: 40
Posts: 765
That's hilarious!!!

hmm.. cameras and film canisters.. not a bad not bad :P I am going to start with Tennis balls because they won't hurt so much if they do hit something :P Golf balls would be fun but yea... that might be kinda dangerous

Tennis ball, dipped in oil and set a blaze right before I fire it.. niiiiiiiiiice...

Why do I have a feeling I am going to end up with a police report for this thing...
__________________
-Chris-

www.cubanpolaroid.com

Sold the Leica. Sold the Hassey. Bought the Rollei.

Just Kidding.

Bought the Rollei. Bought the Leica. Bought the Speed Graphic. Bought the 8x10.

Living in a cardboard box.

Instagram: christennyson, cubanpolaroid
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-10-2006   #9
burninfilm
Registered User
 
burninfilm's Avatar
 
burninfilm is offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 209
And after you build the first trebuchet, you've GOTTA build another one. Only this time bigger. Much bigger!

Me, I built one of these two years ago. It's still sitting in my garage, as it's to large to get into the house. Standing about 6 feet tall, it's also able to lob some pretty large loads. I'm sure it's a baby compared to the VW launcer, but it's still fun. If I get some spare time, I'll snap a pic of it and post it here.
__________________
Using: Argus C3, Kodak Pony 135, Nikon N90s & Nikon D7000


  Reply With Quote

Old 09-10-2006   #10
RdEoSg
Registered User
 
RdEoSg's Avatar
 
RdEoSg is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Southern California
Age: 40
Posts: 765
sweeet! Mine is almost done now. I just have to cut the bolts to size and test it and such!
__________________
-Chris-

www.cubanpolaroid.com

Sold the Leica. Sold the Hassey. Bought the Rollei.

Just Kidding.

Bought the Rollei. Bought the Leica. Bought the Speed Graphic. Bought the 8x10.

Living in a cardboard box.

Instagram: christennyson, cubanpolaroid
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-10-2006   #11
jlw
Rangefinder camera pedant
 
jlw is offline
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 3,239
Cool! Have you figured out how to do the sling and release hook? When they built these on "Scrapheap Challenge/Junkyard Wars" a few years ago, those were the hardest things to get right.

I really like the idea of attempting "aerial photography" with one, although finding a camera that can stand up to the acceleration when the sling goes over-center might be a challenge!
__________________
"Never trust a graph without error bars."
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-10-2006   #12
RdEoSg
Registered User
 
RdEoSg's Avatar
 
RdEoSg is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Southern California
Age: 40
Posts: 765
I like that idea.. Anyone willing to send me a Leica for a test just PM me for my address

No I have not figured out the hook yet. I have some brass pieces I think I can bend as needed, but I won't be able to do anything with that until I get it all set up and start testing tomorrow.
__________________
-Chris-

www.cubanpolaroid.com

Sold the Leica. Sold the Hassey. Bought the Rollei.

Just Kidding.

Bought the Rollei. Bought the Leica. Bought the Speed Graphic. Bought the 8x10.

Living in a cardboard box.

Instagram: christennyson, cubanpolaroid
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-10-2006   #13
burninfilm
Registered User
 
burninfilm's Avatar
 
burninfilm is offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 209
The sling release really isn't a difficult part to make, but getting it to work correctly can be a challenge. There are a few sites on the web that cover this. On mine, I just used a thin steel rod mounted on the end of the throwing arm, and then slipped a metal ring, attached to the rope for the sling, over it. When the throwing arm reaches a certain point in its travel, the metal ring is cast off, opening the sling.
__________________
Using: Argus C3, Kodak Pony 135, Nikon N90s & Nikon D7000


  Reply With Quote

Old 09-10-2006   #14
ClaremontPhoto
Jon Claremont
 
ClaremontPhoto's Avatar
 
ClaremontPhoto is offline
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Alentejo
Posts: 5,242
Send a fish two to three streets away with your new toy. Wait for people to start talking about how a fish ended up in their yard.
__________________
.

R.I.P. 2009

Jon


ClaremontPhoto


Box of Chocolates
A Gray Area
Panoramic
Friends & Neighbors



"I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me." Noel Coward
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-10-2006   #15
ClaremontPhoto
Jon Claremont
 
ClaremontPhoto's Avatar
 
ClaremontPhoto is offline
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Alentejo
Posts: 5,242
Trebuchet is simlar to Verdana. I prefer Verdana for screen text.
__________________
.

R.I.P. 2009

Jon


ClaremontPhoto


Box of Chocolates
A Gray Area
Panoramic
Friends & Neighbors



"I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me." Noel Coward
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #16
pvdhaar
Zoom with your feet!
 
pvdhaar's Avatar
 
pvdhaar is offline
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 3,196
I guess this will stack the odds in favour of traditional media in the film vs. digital debate, won't it?

__________________
Kind regards,

Peter

My Hexländer Gallery
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #17
Pherdinand
the snow must go on
 
Pherdinand's Avatar
 
Pherdinand is offline
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: by the river called the Gender
Age: 42
Posts: 7,819
OK. When it's ready you only have to find a city to conquer it.
__________________
Happy New Year, Happy New Continent!
eye contact eye
My RFF Foolery
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #18
rpsawin
RF Enthusiast
 
rpsawin's Avatar
 
rpsawin is offline
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 1,537
I'll send you my Nikon D100 for use as the first test projectile....

Bob
__________________
Best regards,

Bob
CEO-CFO-EIEIO, Ret.
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #19
RdEoSg
Registered User
 
RdEoSg's Avatar
 
RdEoSg is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Southern California
Age: 40
Posts: 765
Ah didn't think of a metal ring. Thats a good idea!

Hey this is a classy contraption, whats the big idea of trying to dirty it up with one of them Nikon things!?!?!?!
__________________
-Chris-

www.cubanpolaroid.com

Sold the Leica. Sold the Hassey. Bought the Rollei.

Just Kidding.

Bought the Rollei. Bought the Leica. Bought the Speed Graphic. Bought the 8x10.

Living in a cardboard box.

Instagram: christennyson, cubanpolaroid
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #20
smiling gecko
pure dumb luck, my friend
 
smiling gecko's Avatar
 
smiling gecko is offline
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: on a small tropical island
Posts: 547
"...cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war, " ...or fish or?

trebuchet avec trabant. plus, s'il vous plait, plus. probablement avec a
zil? lada? edsel? aztek?

et toute porte deux à conversion de quatre portes de avanti, xke, mustang, etcetera!!

that's about the depth of my french...

jon, the 7th grade juvenile delinquent (eh, maybe the "adult" also) loved
your idea of flinging of the fish!!!! LOL & LMAOROTF!! gives a whole 'nother meaning to the term "flying fish" ooooohhh!!
poisson = poison?

thank you all.

hasta la vista, adieu, daskorava, fino al prossimo tempo, auf wiedersehen, and later y’all

kenneth

www.neverforgetbeslan.com
___________________________________

"...patience and shuffle the cards" miguel cervantes
"nothing can be learned" herman hesse
"everybody knows everything" jack kerouac
"some memories are realities and better than anything" willa cather
" doo-wacka doo, wacka doo" oger miller
"we have see the enemy and they is us !" walt kelly (pogo)
“a man’s cartilage is his fate” phillip roth
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #21
Sparrow
Registered User
 
Sparrow's Avatar
 
Sparrow is offline
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Perfidious Albion
Age: 67
Posts: 12,451
Quote:
Originally Posted by RdEoSg
Ah didn't think of a metal ring. Thats a good idea!

Hey this is a classy contraption, whats the big idea of trying to dirty it up with one of them Nikon things!?!?!?!
One more bit of advice, if the base rocks violently as the counterweight is falling try fitting wheels, like Edward II did, it will then recoil slightly rather than stress the frame
__________________
Regards Stewart

Stewart McBride

RIP 2015



You’re only young once, but one can always be immature.

flickr stuff
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #22
dmr
Registered Abuser
 
dmr's Avatar
 
dmr is offline
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Somewhere in Middle America
Posts: 4,520
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jon Claremont
Send a fish two to three streets away with your new toy. Wait for people to start talking about how a fish ended up in their yard.
LOL! Kind of like the Yard-A-Pult from SNL!

A few years ago I remember seeing a web page of somebody who actually made one of these. I just tried Googling it and it's not obvious or not up anymore.
__________________
My (NEW) Gallery
My Blog
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #23
biomed
Registered User
 
biomed's Avatar
 
biomed is offline
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Seattle Area (North)
Posts: 3,400
I have a paperback book with plans for a trebuchet. I will try to find it -- this is also a project I thought about doing a while back. Check this out if you haven't already done so: http://www.trebuchet.com/books.html
__________________
biomed
Things are more like they are now than they’ve ever been before.

2019 Photos

rff Gallery

Blog
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #24
AndersG
Registered User
 
AndersG's Avatar
 
AndersG is offline
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Göteborg, Sweden
Age: 41
Posts: 235
Here's one I saw last summer at the Fortress of Varberg, Sweden. It fired oranges and melons about a 100 meters (which was quite scary since some of the stuff landed outside the fortress and an unexpected orange to the head is no joke).

(Sorry, these are DSLR photos from my old trusty D30.)

/Anders
Attached Images
File Type: jpg crw_1828.small.jpg (174.2 KB, 28 views)
File Type: jpg crw_1822.small.jpg (162.7 KB, 14 views)
__________________
My Gallery

Last edited by AndersG : 09-11-2006 at 09:23.
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #25
RdEoSg
Registered User
 
RdEoSg's Avatar
 
RdEoSg is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Southern California
Age: 40
Posts: 765
Wheels! another good tip.. It does shake a bit.. unfortunatly I didn't get everything quite true and lined up. as I was assembling and such I seem to have made it off a bit.. Nothing I can do to it though. Trebuchet II will be better

On another note. I have successfuly layed siege to my neighbors fence
__________________
-Chris-

www.cubanpolaroid.com

Sold the Leica. Sold the Hassey. Bought the Rollei.

Just Kidding.

Bought the Rollei. Bought the Leica. Bought the Speed Graphic. Bought the 8x10.

Living in a cardboard box.

Instagram: christennyson, cubanpolaroid
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #26
lushd
Donald
 
lushd's Avatar
 
lushd is offline
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: St. Albans, UK
Posts: 657
So - that's what happened ...

I put it down to a freak wind.
__________________
Donald



My Blog
My gallery
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #27
RdEoSg
Registered User
 
RdEoSg's Avatar
 
RdEoSg is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Southern California
Age: 40
Posts: 765
I said neighbor.. not neighbour...
__________________
-Chris-

www.cubanpolaroid.com

Sold the Leica. Sold the Hassey. Bought the Rollei.

Just Kidding.

Bought the Rollei. Bought the Leica. Bought the Speed Graphic. Bought the 8x10.

Living in a cardboard box.

Instagram: christennyson, cubanpolaroid
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #28
MelanieC
Registered User
 
MelanieC's Avatar
 
MelanieC is offline
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Oregon
Posts: 651
Northern Exposure fans will recall the trebuchet with which Chris flung Maggie's piano in episode 3.14, "Burning Down the House."

http://home.comcast.net/~mcnotes/314.html

http://www.eskimo.com/%7Everne/treb.htm

"It's not the thing you fling, it's the fling itself." -- Chris Stevens

May the Moose be with you.
__________________
Melanie C
My Flickr
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #29
kbg32
neo-romanticist
 
kbg32's Avatar
 
kbg32 is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: New York, New York
Posts: 5,586
Don't forget to set the self timer.
__________________
Keith

http://keithgoldstein.me/
Keith’s Gallery
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #30
flashover
John K
 
flashover's Avatar
 
flashover is offline
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: North West of Toronto Ontario Canada
Posts: 894
I am building a minature medieval casstle for my daughter so keep that thing away from here.
__________________
John

Yashica Professional (the camera not the guy behind it)

Canon QL17 GIII / Nikon F3 / Pair of Yashica-Ds


Camera Junkie Flickr Group
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #31
Keith
On leave from Gallifrey
 
Keith's Avatar
 
Keith is offline
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Australia
Posts: 18,579
There is a tv ad for alcohol running in Australia at the moment that features an enterprising group of people on the top of a city building with a very large trebuchet. They are flinging all the necessary ingredients, hops malt etc and some other rather odd things, into the clouds in an attempt to get it to rain beer.

The ad, of course, does end with it raining beer indeed and everyone is suitably blissfull. At one stage they fling a couple of rather attractive females into the clouds for ......... well who knows what, but I suspect the feminists had an issue with that and rightly so!

We take our drinking very seriously in this country. Strangely enough I can't remember what the brand of beer is that's being peddled but the trebuchet sure impressed me!
__________________
---------------------------
flickr

Last edited by Keith : 09-11-2006 at 13:48.
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #32
Peter Klein
Registered User
 
Peter Klein's Avatar
 
Peter Klein is offline
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Seattle
Age: 65
Posts: 373
Quote:
Originally Posted by rvaubel
I love the word too. In fact if I was to be reincarnated as a famous photographer, I would prefer to be named Henri Cartier-Trebuchet.

Rex Trebuchet
Ah oui! Better ze sree butchers zen ze one baker, n'est-ce que pas?

(My nickname for HCB is Henri-Boulanger-Croissant).

Seriously, I saw two "siege engines" at Les-Baux-de-Provence a few years ago. They were full-sized models built from the original plans. Pretty scary-looking. I have the negs somewhere, but it was a dull day, so the pictures didn't say "scan me."

Here's a picture of the Trebuchet at Les Baux:
http://www.tedsimages.com/text/trebuch.htm

There was also some kind of giant crossbow machine, about 4 pictures down on this page:
http://www.provenceweb.fr/e/bouches/baux/baux.htm

--Peter
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #33
Keith
On leave from Gallifrey
 
Keith's Avatar
 
Keith is offline
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Australia
Posts: 18,579
I have just found a link to the brewing company's web site with a feature on the ad with the trebuchet!

http://www.fortheloveofbeer.com.au/
__________________
---------------------------
flickr
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #34
Scarpia
Registered User
 
Scarpia's Avatar
 
Scarpia is offline
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: NYC and Warrensburg, NY USA
Posts: 713
Trebuchet! Tres bon.
Kurt M.
__________________
<a href='http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=153'>My Gallery</a>
  Reply With Quote

Old 09-11-2006   #35
RdEoSg
Registered User
 
RdEoSg's Avatar
 
RdEoSg is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Southern California
Age: 40
Posts: 765
That commercial is great!!!

Well. I have managed to launch baseballs about 30-20 feet. Not so great but I think its the limit of my off balanced trebuchet! Unfortunatly I don't have a good drill press so getting everything lined up exact is a bit hard. There is just too much vibration in it and I think it is losing a lot of the power as it swings...

Still. It was great fun to build!!!! I'll post a photo of the complete trebuchet in a bit
__________________
-Chris-

www.cubanpolaroid.com

Sold the Leica. Sold the Hassey. Bought the Rollei.

Just Kidding.

Bought the Rollei. Bought the Leica. Bought the Speed Graphic. Bought the 8x10.

Living in a cardboard box.

Instagram: christennyson, cubanpolaroid
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Building a Light box? Does anyone have plans? flipflop Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12 01-07-2006 03:16
Darkroom Building 101 Stephanie Brim Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 25 08-26-2005 13:18
Building a light standard ZORKI1 Rangefinder Photography Discussion 3 04-09-2005 19:52
Goodbye Chicago Sun-Times Building Ken Tanaka Leica M Film Cameras 1 02-19-2005 21:21



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 00:23.


vBulletin skin developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All content on this site is Copyright Protected and owned by its respective owner. You may link to content on this site but you may not reproduce any of it in whole or part without written consent from its owner.