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We work on our machines all year long. This log tracks what we are up to any given month.


Aug 11, 2018

  • Drain tank and tear down old hydraulic setup.
  • Build adapter for 5hp motor mount, prep lovejoy to fit new motor.

Jan 24, 2018
  • Rummage through some old electric hydraulic valves and get the codes off to see if we can use them to update our Hydraulic system

Jan 3, 2018
  • Dig up some used bushings and 5hp single phase motor we think will work for upgrading our hydraulics.

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Oct 15, 2017
  • Launch a pumpkin 1489 ft.
  • We win 2nd place in Torsion / Catapult division!

Oct 14, 2017
  • Launch a pumpkin 1229 ft, then 1507 ft!

Oct 13, 2017
  • Travel to Extreme Chunkin in New Hampsire.
  • Setup Mista Ballsita.

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Oct 17, 2016
  • Inspect broken bowstring.

Oct 16, 2016
  • Trevor throws a pumpkin 1232.9ft.
  • Demo shot goes slightly over 1100 ft
  • Trash the bowstring and throwing pouch durin demo shot
  • Win 3rd place in Unlimited Catapult and Torsion division!
  • Pack up and go home

Oct 15, 2016
  • Throw a pumpkin 966ft
  • Add more torque to the bundles
  • Pie the next pumpkin.

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Oct 25, 2015
  • Throw a pumpkin 936 ft.
  • No damage done. Pack up and go home

Oct 24, 2015
  • Throw a pumpkin 1031 ft!
  • Throw a pie
  • Tear the pouch. Sew it back up again.
  • Crack the lower dump-frame. Jack it up and weld it back together.

Oct 23, 2015
  • Fix up bowstring for compounding.
  • Finish sewing pouch.
  • Torque up Mr. B, bend our hydraulic support frame.

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Nov 3, 2013
  • Launched a punkin 1059ft.

Nov 2, 2013
  • Launched a punkin 840ft.

Nov 1, 2013
  • Launched a punkin 538ft.

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Nov 5, 2012

  • First Pass updating 2012 punkin chunk web pages.

Nov 4, 2012
  • Second Shot in the morning. Shot 1213 ft, and tore up the pouch.
  • Compounded the bowstring by anchoring the bowline tag ends to the winch mount.
  • Ran threaded rod through the holes in our compound pulley keepers to fix twisting problem.
  • Third shot in the afternoon. Shot 813 ft compounded. Nothing broke. Nifty!

Nov 3, 2012
  • Got ready to shoot first thing in the morning. Got to wait a few hours, then got out first shot. 991 ft.
  • Torqued up the machine for the second shot tomorrow.
  • Spliced up bowline anchor extensions. Discovered they weren't long enough! Arg!
  • Noted that pulley bowline keepers twisted during firing. Arg! That might pinch the bowline.

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Dec 10, 2011

  • Mr. B came home this week. Winterizing with snow-proof roof for the bundles and other gear.

Nov 9, 2011

  • Update web site to include 2011 punkin chunk stories.

Nov 6, 2011
  • Mista Ballista fires over 1000ft! The team is excited about finally hitting that milestone.
  • Break bowstring during that spectacular launch.
  • Pack up, drive home.

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Nov 7, 2010
  • Pie our last pumpkin.
  • Break down Mr. B and drive home.

Nov 6, 2010
  • Throw a pumpkin 803 feet!

Nov 5, 2010
  • Finish setting up Mr. B.
  • Pie our first punkin.

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Nov 8, 2009
  • Mr. B shoots 693 feet!
  • Pack up, head home.

Nov 7, 2009
  • Mr. B pies both measured shots today.
  • Get 1 good practice shot off.

Nov 6, 2009
  • Finish setting up Mr. B. Chunk line never makes it to torsion.

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Nov 2, 2008
  • Hatra Ballista shoots ~250ft
  • Mr. B is cranked up, pies its shot, and breaks its arms.
  • Pack up and go home.

Nov 1, 2008
  • Hatra Ballista shoots 269.6ft for 3rd place 10 & under catapult division.
  • Resplice Mr. B's bowstring for shorter arms with new adjustable eye splices.
  • More shim testing on Mr. B. Take cautious approach.
  • Mr. B shoots 430ft.

Oct 31, 2008
  • Assemble Hatra Ballista. Shoot ~250 ft.
  • Install new arms into Mr. B. Test twist. Discover issues. Attempt to resolve.
  • Attempt basic shimming experiments.

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Nov 4, 2007
  • Hatra Ballista shoots 330 feet with the better bowstring, and some more torsion.
  • Mr. B and Hatra are packed up for going home.
  • Hatra Ballista takes home the 2nd place trophy!

Nov 3, 2007
  • Hatra Ballista shoots 115ft into a raining wind.
  • Mr. B blows an arm, pies it's shot, and is out of the contest.
  • Re tie a new bowstring for Hatra Ballista in the afternoon.

Nov 2, 2007
  • Setup Hatra Ballista, shoot the Hatra Ballista 168ft
  • Finish adding lots of torsion to Mr. B, shoot 582 ft.

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Nov 5, 2006
  • Shoot a punkin 670 feet!
  • Pack up.

Nov 4, 2006
  • Shoot a punkin 607 feet!

Nov 3, 2006
  • Break a torsion arm as left bundle unwinds.
  • Fix the torsion arm.
  • Retighten our left bundle

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Nov 6, 2005
  • Captured 3rd place with Pumpkin Putter in Human Powered Centripetal division.

Nov 5, 2005
  • Broke both our arms on Mr. B.

Nov 4, 2005
  • Missed our first shot.
  • Tightened up our rope bundles.

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Dec 16, 2004

  • Trimmed all epizygi to 14"

Nov 26, 2004

  • Aquired old Air Force generator. Many possible futures are in store for it.

Nov 20, 2004

  • Went to 2 different scrap yards. Found steel needed to fix Mr. B.
  • Aquired a used job-box.

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Nov 3, 2003

  • Won 3rd place in the Torsion division.
  • Broke the left arm on the machine.
  • Broke our torsion twisting mechanism.

Nov 2, 2003

  • Threw a pumpkin 290.5 feet!
  • Broke our torsion twisting mechanism.
  • Fixed it.

Nov 1, 2003
  • Missed our shot because it takes so long to set things up.
  • Broke our pouch.

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Nov 3, 2002
  • Destroyed some more pumpkins.
  • Bent the arms

Nov 2, 2002
  • Finished throwing pouch
  • Assembled machine for the first time
  • Destroyed some pumpkins

Nov 1, 2002

  • Wound rope bundles
  • Loaded up trailer for trip to Chunk

To read older logs, see our Web Log.

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