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Thursday, September 21, 2006

September 21 - Ballistic Warfare

Although not a patch on our foam nukes that we reviewed after the opening of Globa-Tech, these Wooden working constructable pre-gunpowder warfare replicas offer great fun and a real chance to show you office who's boss. ThinkGeek is selling these here. Ballistas, trebuchets and catapult kits are all available. ThinkGeek reminds us that 'Though these kits are for educational purposes, they are functional. Care should be taken when constructing and using them. Don't use anything living as a target or projectile.' But what's the fun in that? 'In the days before gunpowder (at least in the west), folks had to find new and intriguing ways to throw death and destruction at each other. They started by throwing rocks, then progressed to hurling giant stones, and then to flinging boulders. The evolution of the machines used to accomplish this hurling is as intriguing as the things hurled. Many times trash and debris were lobbed over castle walls to rain down upon unsuspecting masses or invading armies. These kits let you bring back all the fun of flinging. Each one can assemble in just a few hours, and provides a fantastic scale model of an actual war weapon of yore. The catapult is perfect for chucking balls of paper and other small objects over cubicle walls. The trebuchet is better for long range targets (like the water cooler or networked printer). The ballista is excellent at laying down some old school cover fire. And, all you need to put them together are some strong fingers (or pliers), a cutting tool, and glue (not included). All three kits are perfect for showing your love of retro weaponry.' So... If you're too old for nukes, and can still remember the good old days of capital punishment, these highly fun, yet niggly to set-up and easy to brake kits may appeal to you.

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