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Royal Armouries Desktop Ballista kit Designed and manufactured here in Sheffield, made for The Royal Armouries Museum as part of their gift range. The Ballista kit is one of three Siege Engine kits currently on offer.

After working closely with the archive department at The Royal Armouries the Ballista remains loyal to the illustrations of these magnificent Siege Engines that were used to devastating effect by Roman Legions.

The following extract from Wikipedia gives some insight into how the Romans took a weapon they inherited from the Greeks as spoils of war and transformed it into a key piece of their arsenal;

The early Roman ballistae were made of wood, and held together with iron plates around the frames and iron nails in the stand. The main stand had a slider on the top, into which were loaded the bolts or stone shot. The slider passed through the field frames of the weapon, in which were located the torsion springs (rope made of animal sinew), which were twisted around the bow arms, which in turn, were attached to the bowstring.
Drawing the bowstring back twisted the already taut springs, storing the energy to fire the projectiles. The bronze or iron caps, which secured the torsion-bundles were adjustable which allowed the weapon to be tuned for symmetrical power and for changing weather conditions.
The ballista was a highly accurate weapon (there are many accounts of single soldiers being picked off by ballista operators), but some design aspects meant it could compromise its accuracy for range. The maximum range was over 500 yards (460 m), but effective combat range for many targets was far shorter.

The Romans continued the development of the ballista, and it became a highly prized and valued weapon in the army of the Roman Empire.

Now we can't claim that this model will have an effective range of 460m but we can say with complete confidence that once it is built it will provide hours of fun-filled imaginative play. Each kit comes with 4 paper balls to hurl about the room and know that nothing will get broken! The building process is a great way to spend an afternoon focused on the creation of something new and who knows, maybe learn a little bit about engineering and mechanics along the way. You won't need any additional tools or equipment to construct it, just a clear workspace.

All of our kits are produced from 100% FSC approved commercial timber and the material itself is a sourced from a by-product of the logging industry. Our packaging is unbleached and fully recyclable.
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Royal Armouries Desktop Ballista Kit

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A fully operational Ballista, scaled down to fit onto a desktop. This kit was developed for The Royal Armouries Museum after they asked us to design and manufacture a range of toys for them.

Designed and manufactured here in Sheffield, made for The Royal Armouries Museum as part of their gift range. The Ballista kit is one of three Siege Engine kits currently on offer.

After working closely with the archive department at The Royal Armouries the Ballista remains loyal to the illustrations of these magnificent Siege Engines that were used to devastating effect by Roman Legions.

The following extract from Wikipedia gives some insight into how the Romans took a weapon they inherited from the Greeks as spoils of war and transformed it into a key piece of their arsenal;

The early Roman ballistae were made of wood, and held together with iron plates around the frames and iron nails in the stand. The main stand had a slider on the top, into which were loaded the bolts or stone shot. The slider passed through the field frames of the weapon, in which were located the torsion springs (rope made of animal sinew), which were twisted around the bow arms, which in turn, were attached to the bowstring.
Drawing the bowstring back twisted the already taut springs, storing the energy to fire the projectiles. The bronze or iron caps, which secured the torsion-bundles were adjustable which allowed the weapon to be tuned for symmetrical power and for changing weather conditions.
The ballista was a highly accurate weapon (there are many accounts of single soldiers being picked off by ballista operators), but some design aspects meant it could compromise its accuracy for range. The maximum range was over 500 yards (460 m), but effective combat range for many targets was far shorter.

The Romans continued the development of the ballista, and it became a highly prized and valued weapon in the army of the Roman Empire.

Now we can't claim that this model will have an effective range of 460m but we can say with complete confidence that once it is built it will provide hours of fun-filled imaginative play. Each kit comes with 4 paper balls to hurl about the room and know that nothing will get broken! The building process is a great way to spend an afternoon focused on the creation of something new and who knows, maybe learn a little bit about engineering and mechanics along the way. You won't need any additional tools or equipment to construct it, just a clear workspace.

All of our kits are produced from 100% FSC approved commercial timber and the material itself is a sourced from a by-product of the logging industry. Our packaging is unbleached and fully recyclable.
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