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Royal Armouries Desktop Trebuchet kit Designed and manufactured here in Sheffield, made for The Royal Armouries Museum as part of their gift range. The Trebuchet kit is one of three Siege Engine kits currently on offer.
After working closely with the archive department at The Royal Armouries and looking at a large number of historical documents, The Trebuchet remains loyal to the recorded illustrations of these magnificent Siege Engines that were used to devastating effect throughout the Medieval period. This model is a tribute to the 'Warwolf' or 'Loup-de-guerre' which was created by King Edward I during the siege of Stirling Castle in 1304.
The following extract from Wikipedia gives some insight into it's fearsome capabilities;

When disassembled, the weapon would fill 30 wagons. When assembled, current measurements put it at about 300–400 feet tall. It took five master carpenters and forty-nine other labourers at least three months to complete. A contemporary account of the siege states, "During this business the king had carpenters construct a fearful engine called the loup-de-guerre (sic., War wolf), and this when it threw, brought down the whole wall."
Even before construction could be completed, the sight of the giant engine so intimidated the Scots that they tried to surrender. Edward sent the truce party back inside the castle, declaring, "You don't deserve any grace, but must surrender to my will." Edward decided to carry on with the siege and witness for himself the power of the masterful weapon. The Warwolf accurately hurled missiles weighing as much as three hundred pounds (~136 kg) and levelled a large section of the curtain wall.

Now we can't claim that this model will produce anything like the level of destruction described above 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 but 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 Trebuchet Kit

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A fully operational Medieval Trebuchet, 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 Trebuchet kit is one of three Siege Engine kits currently on offer.
After working closely with the archive department at The Royal Armouries and looking at a large number of historical documents, The Trebuchet remains loyal to the recorded illustrations of these magnificent Siege Engines that were used to devastating effect throughout the Medieval period. This model is a tribute to the 'Warwolf' or 'Loup-de-guerre' which was created by King Edward I during the siege of Stirling Castle in 1304.
The following extract from Wikipedia gives some insight into it's fearsome capabilities;

When disassembled, the weapon would fill 30 wagons. When assembled, current measurements put it at about 300–400 feet tall. It took five master carpenters and forty-nine other labourers at least three months to complete. A contemporary account of the siege states, "During this business the king had carpenters construct a fearful engine called the loup-de-guerre (sic., War wolf), and this when it threw, brought down the whole wall."
Even before construction could be completed, the sight of the giant engine so intimidated the Scots that they tried to surrender. Edward sent the truce party back inside the castle, declaring, "You don't deserve any grace, but must surrender to my will." Edward decided to carry on with the siege and witness for himself the power of the masterful weapon. The Warwolf accurately hurled missiles weighing as much as three hundred pounds (~136 kg) and levelled a large section of the curtain wall.

Now we can't claim that this model will produce anything like the level of destruction described above 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 but 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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