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Skipping our meds, are we?

Good days, bad days, ugly days

Flying model airplanes isn’t for everyone.?It can go really well…

Or, not well at all? 🙂


Pumpkin in flight…


Here is a video of Tammy R. launching a pumpkin on Holloween. The pumpkin travels out of sight and into the woods, on a high curving arc. There’s about 400 lbs. of total counterweight in the descending boxes.

The Trebuchet has since been relocated to our new home, which we should move into in about 2-3 weeks. Anything we don’t want to keep after the move, is going airborne into the neighbor’s field.?This may include pets.?


Trebuchet adventures

the-great-pumpkin-chucker-001.jpgShortly before October 31st of 2006, some of us RC types attended a birthday celebration for the son of a club member. His wife challenges the men?to build something to throw small pumpkins, and bring it to the Holloween Party. She said the rule was that is had to be?made only of materials available in the early 1800s.

Well, we have never been too big on following rules. We ended up building a Trebuchet, actually a modernized floating arm trebuchet. WIth 500 lbs of counterweight, it heaves a reasonably sized pumpkin a good long ways. it is built on a 5 X 10 trailer. If you ever get down to our place, bring something to heave. Maybe it will even show up at a family reunion. You never know.

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