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In the early spring of 2006 we got a call from producers of a show called Man Moment Machine (or M3). They were doing a show on Alexander the Great and his great torsion engines... or Ballista. They were interested if we could shoot some stuff for them to see how a real ballista works.

At the time, the team was trying to solve the problem of the Broken Arms from the 2005 Punkin Chunk, so our machine was non-functional. Naturally, I said we could shoot for them, except for that pesky broken arm problem. Fortunately everything worked out with the help of Custom Composite Technologies Inc.

The show was first broadcast on Oct 31st, 2006.

If you missed the show, you can buy a copy online from the history channel store. Unfortunately, Siege-engine.com does not get a kickback from that sale.

Mista Ballista shoots a water jug on a Rainy Day. Despite the rain, we carried on, and tried to capture on tape what it was like to operate a modern day ballista.


The host of Man Moment Machine "Hunter" poses in front of the newly painted Mista Ballista. We had fun shooting stuff all day on our second try on a Sunny Day.
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In the early spring of 2006 we got a call from producers of a show called Man Moment Machine (or M3). They were doing a show on Alexander the Great and his great torsion engines... or Ballista. They were interested if we could shoot some stuff for them to see how a real ballista works.
History Channel Chunk 2006: Rainy Day On June 7th 2006, on a miserable rainy day, the History Channel came to Massachusetts to film Mr Ballista for a show called "Man Moment Machine". The topic of the show was large torsion catapults, and most specifically ballista.
History Channel Chunk 2006: Sunny Day After the Rainy Day Shoot the producers decided that they liked what they got on camera, but the rain just wouldn't do. As such, they decided to come back for a second try. This time we tried shooting video cameras out of the ballista again, and we got to launch rocks at targets downrange. Huzzah!


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