October 14th, 2001, Team Tormentum brought the Pumpkin Putter to Busti
(Pronounced Bust-Eye) New York.
We threw many various directions as we tried to tune our
trajectory, but eventually we threw about 70 feet. None of our shots
were measured, so we don't really know how far anything went.
Many of these pictures were very dark due to the rain of the day,
and were digitally altered to appear brighter, resulting in a bit of
fuzz in many of these images.
Roger's Truck arrives at the s scene. The larger beams of the 'putter
can be seen on the roof.
The putter is being put together.
The putter, with it's pouch open waiting on the line.
The line of catapults
A giant sling shot built and run by a local high school team. It had
lots of large blue rubber bands pulled back by a winch. They came in
third with throws in the 400's.
This catapult was built entirely with hand tools. The arm is a small
cherry tree cut down to reduce weight. The counter weight is made of
three train wheels totally 1125 lbs. He was throwing in the 300's.
A child's trebuchet that only stood about 6 feet high at the top of
the arm. It threw tiny pumpkins of less than a pound up to 107 feet.
The kid's dad had this FAT. It threw about 200 feet.
buy one of these.
The funky one had a thin bent arm with a web of welded rebar to
reinforce it. His counter-weight consisted of a barrel filled
with concrete and about a dozen tractor tire tubes acting as springs.
He threw about 1120 feet on his first and only throw and came in
second. This was a local machine. On the first throw he had a
catastrophic failure of the counter-weight. The barrel of concrete
had a 3/4" loop of rebar sticking out of it with some secondary
safety straps made of chain. Both the 3/4" rebar and the safety
chain sheared on the first throw.
Hypertension did his thing.
Treb on wheels
At the end of the contest, the officials asked what division we were in.
The reply; human powered centripetal. Imagine our surprise when we had
the farthest throw in our division at 70 feet.
Here is a video of the the 'Putter in action.
The putter flings 70 ft.
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