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The Trebuchet Workshop PDF Print
Wednesday, 08 June 2005
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Here is my step-to-step project of building two Trebuchets for the use in my Bretonnian Army. One is going to be loaded, the other one has just fired. The results are available in the Gallery.

I don't like the original from GW much, being not even bigger than a cavalry model! The first inspiration came from this picture, I am trying to stay as close to that as possible. More background information about the functionality of a Trebuchet and many pictures can be found on Wikipedia.



My first step was some planning, with a result on the right. The drawed "man" Wink is a standard infantry miniature for size comparison, one square is 5mm on the paper. I designed the base structure to be about the same size of the original GW Trebuchet, while being overall higher and longer. I calculated the lengths of wood I needed, the next step is buying these lengths of Balsa or harder Wood.


parts.jpgNow I have all the basic materials, mainly consisting of wood: 3 x 1m of 4x4mm square wood, 1m of 6mm dia. round wood, 1m of 8x8mm Balsa wood + Greenstuff for details and some thread for the ropes. I already marked and numbered the sections for the basic scaffold, and added 1 extra mm to each measured length which will come off when sawing. I bought some balsa plates later, 3 mm thick for most of the planks. 2 x 10 mm would have been perfect, but I only found 3 x 100. So I had some more cutting to do before having the right sizes.
I was able to buy all materials for less than 10 Euro (+ Greenstuff), with lots of leftovers for other projects.

Assembly - Scaffold 


You can see how the basic parts interlock here ...we want a realistic structure, don't we? The sections where the beams crossed were sawed to the middle on both parts, and glued using wood glue (PVA). This also fills some smaller gaps. It helps alot if you mark the positions correctly before sawing.


The finished basic wood structure, with a Balsa base can be seen on the left. Because some supporting beams didn't fit well (I should have measured more carefully), I filled the gaps with small Balsa pieces and glue.

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