Saturday, 22 October 2011

Trebuchet - Mini History

Made from resin, produced by Mini history and it came with the problems that large resin kits can bring..more later. 
The machine, when finally built is an impressive beast....large and being made from resin..heavy. 
I´m not too sure wether it would actually, if it were real, be able to fire. The winding gear appears to be in a bit of an odd position. It  looks as though it would be smashed by the stone being  launched.!!
I created the "firingpin" myself..wether it´s correct..??..  I´ve added a bit of mattgloss  to represent oil that was used to reduce friction as the sack with the stone slid along the running board
 And now the problems
The wheel for the winding gear had very thin pins one of which broke off straight away so i replaced the whole thing with a section of pen, which I filled with green stuff and then pushed a copper rod through the middle. One side of the device was quite  bent and when I used hot water to try and straighten it up, the support holding the winding gear axle..snapped!!
The axle supplied was way too weak and I didn´t even attempt to use went in the bin with the winding gear.
Hello to Fromhold from Jak to na wojence blog.   Jak to na wojence has no 100% translation into english but it basicall means "how nice it is in war"..(with a touch of cynicism). Fromhold does Turkish/russian wars in 1/72nd
Hello to Coneforce from Tough answer blog, a reviews and look at blog. The post about the 10 most expensive cars...the Bugatti venyon super sport, a snip at 2.400.000 dollars. How did he know it´s what I´m driving these days? :-D 


  1. Looks great Paul! A model that big should be able to sling small objects at your buddy's minis. ;-)

  2. Man what a beast.

  3. Nice rock chukka! - sad you had to do so much to make it functional.
    I have seen several pics of trebuchets shooting, and it does look right - but you have the precise measurements on the model!
    Perhaps you should have done another Bodkin and Bodger 'disaster' tableau, withe the trebuchet shooting and demolishing itself!

  4. I'd like a REAL trebuchet! They have been showing up in movies like Ironclad,The Messenger, and Kingdom of Heaven. Somehow they have more "shock and awe" visual value than the usual engines. Yours looks great!

  5. Very nice Paul. Good work on the repairs too.

  6. I love it! The treb is my favorite siege machine. I have built several working ones, the largest having a frame about 2 feet high, so about 4 feet high when loaded and cocked. It can fling a golf ball about 100 yards :-)

  7. Big and troublesome, just like the real thing I fear. Nice recovery.

    Well done.

  8. That's a great looking piece of kit!!!

  9. An impressive piece sir. Thanks for sharing

  10. You did it again Paul! You made a masterpiece of it! And you managed to solve the problems!


  11. Impressive beast indeed. Great modelling once again...Cheers, Michael

  12. Wonderful looking model and ingenious problem solving. Great stuff.

  13. That's a huge fighting machine, and should put "the fear" into those who are across the battlefield watching it wind-up for the toss.

  14. Beware of the trebuchet!
    Your touch on the model made it a unique piece!