Storm the Castle B

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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby starpug » April 22nd, 2011, 4:50 pm

I would use a cup because I have had bad experiences with the projectile getting caught in the sling and being released too late. My partner and I switched to a cup for States after shooting the projectile with a sling and getting around 3 meters.
A sling WILL get you more distance, if you can get it to release right.
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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby MurphBoy37 » April 22nd, 2011, 7:55 pm

How far are your teams launching projectiles?
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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby Tramsarran » April 23rd, 2011, 4:18 pm

I know the sling will get the projectile further but my team and I used a cheap fabric sling. I really have a hard time getting it to release right thus I didn't want to take the risk. Making a mistake with positioning the sling was possible
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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby Liv » April 23rd, 2011, 4:25 pm

I know the sling will get the projectile further but my team and I used a cheap fabric sling and we really have a hard time getting it to release right so we didn't want to take the risk.

Try using a leather sling, it grasps the projectile a lot better.



Btw, what team are you from?

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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby Tramsarran » April 23rd, 2011, 4:47 pm

Pasteur, from NYC. My teammate who basically did all the building of it thought of using leather and asked me for some but we didn't find any that we could have used.
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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby Liv » April 23rd, 2011, 4:56 pm

Pasteur, from NYC. My teammate who basically did all the building of it thought of using leather and asked me for some but we didn't find any that we could have used.


oh hai, I think I saw some of your teammates during the competition.


yeah, leather is ideal. But if you can, go with a thin leather, not thick.

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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby Tramsarran » April 23rd, 2011, 5:17 pm

We were one of the teams that didn't have team T-shirts there too. What event did you like watching better? Bottle Rocket or Storn The Castle?
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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby Liv » April 23rd, 2011, 5:19 pm

We were one of the teams that didn't have team T-shirts there too. What event did you like watching better? Bottle Rocket or Storn The Castle?
Oh definitely, Storm The Castle, I have tons of pictures of the event..


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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby Tramsarran » April 23rd, 2011, 5:21 pm

It's also nice to know that the crowd sitting on the bleachers left when my partner and I were setting up our trebuchet. Didn't get embarrased too much. I'm using my EDGE cell phone to make these posts.
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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby Liv » April 23rd, 2011, 5:26 pm

It's also nice to know that the crowd sitting on the bleachers left when my partner and I were setting up our trebuchet. Didn't get embarrased too much.


Bahahahaha xD, the proctor was hilarious, it made my day. And (unfortunately) we had a large crowd... and also more than half of my team was there... it was quite embarrassing.

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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby Tramsarran » April 23rd, 2011, 6:33 pm

The proctor asked me who Louis Pasteur was. I told him that Pastuer was the father of bacteriology. The proctor thought I said the father if all BACTERIA. Thus, he breeded all the bacteria in the world.
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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby Singh1997 » April 25th, 2011, 4:53 pm

Hey guys, quick question. We wasted a lot of time between regionals and states, and now we have one week left. We are in Ohio, so I realized a traditional trebuchet won't cut it. As of now, I have about 60% of a FAT done, and I can definitely finish by Wednesday. How important is a FAT? Also, what wheels did you guys use? Sorry if that question has been asked before.

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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby JSGandora » April 25th, 2011, 5:31 pm

Any kind of wheels would work. I used skateboard wheels. The FAT is pretty important, it usually comes out on top.

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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby wlsguy » April 26th, 2011, 5:18 am

.... How important is a FAT? ......
In Ohio many of the State Bound teams use FATs. This is quite a bit of change from 2006 when only about 25% of the teams did and the 2nd place team used a traditional treb (with some extra special tricks). Without a FAT, you will not likely place top 6.

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Re: Storm the Castle B

Postby Tramsarran » April 26th, 2011, 9:13 am

Nice.
I didn't get to build the trebuchet and my partner who built it with the help of his dad built some lazy traditional (c-word). Shot tennis balls, hand balls, and a golf ball about 4.5m, 6m and 7m with a 2.5kg counterweight. We shot the projectile at States 5m while other teams were getting around 20. I only learned what a FAT was after the competition. Next year I better use that, especially in New York. It was embarrasing because I impounded and talked to the proctor about it.
Good luck, and I'm sorry I don't have enough experience to help you. BTW, what distances are you expecting to get from it? I can help you make the graph if you think you'll need it to impress the judges or you just wanna look smart and prepared.
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