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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!
The host of Man Moment Machine, Hunter Ellis, poses in front of the freshly painted Mista Ballista. He had a great time shooting the catapult.
The first cabbage was squashed in the powerful bowline of Mr. B.
The Second cabbage sprayed bits everywhere, and the camera was lost in the field, and never found.
The Third cabbage, that one stayed together, flew across the field, and landed in the mown path I have out there. Huzzah! The footage was amazing. The cabbage really spun a lot in the air.
Our first shot, launched at 29 degrees threw about 270 some odd feet. We plugged that into a simple simulation I wrote, and predicted that we needed 19 degrees to hit the target.
That time the 14lb rock landed right at the target line, but to the left.
We raised the machine 2 degrees, and that rock flew way over the targets.
We lowered the machine 1 degree, and that rock flew way over the targets.
We went back down to 19 degrees, and that one went over the targets.
We decided things weren't that easy.
This is a view through the hole we made.
Left to right is Kevin, the PA, Camera Man B, and the host Hunter, looking for lost rocks.
On the 8th shot, we hit a structural member up high, and everything broke apart into little pieces. It was totally cool.
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