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Medieval Battering Ram - Scratchbuilt

Discussion in 'Friends of planetFigure' started by Paul, Dec 18, 2019.

  1. Paul Active Member

    Country:
    Germany
    As with the Catapult, Do I need another battering ram? No, but as with the Catapult, this is for the same upcoming Project, so ..yes, I do need another one :)
    Stuff used.
    Wheels from the chariots in the Airfix Ancient Britons set, coffee stirrers, toothpicks, and copperwire.
    Crew - Airfix Robin Hood .
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    Basing on a piece of an old CD case which had one Surface roughed up with sandpaper and scoring with a sharp blade. Base material, sand mixed with PVA.
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    Make a Frame, drill holes for the axles. The Frame alone could be laid on a flat Surface to check wether it´s Level but the holes for the axles could be slightly out of line so the axles are glued in place, the wheels added and then it´s placed on a flat Surface. If the Frame isn´t sitting flat it can still be twisted gently to level it out.
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    Roof spars added. This is a bit of a balancing act but second glue (I used Pattex gel) helps. The upright spars get added first, the supporting beam after they are fixed in place. It´s a bit longer on one end (the back) so any troops waiting for the break through or have aided in pushing the ram into place have some cover.
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    Paint. Add the ram using copperwire as Suspension ropes.
    The ram was made by slicing up a bit of vegbox Wood.
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    Removable roofing also made with coffee stirrers.
    Like the Catapult, It´s a Rough and Ready looking device but I reckon, unless the army using it had a decent road and Transport System, they would make one more or less as needed. I mean, how complicated would it be to source the timbers needed? Kick some poor serf out of his house and requisition the roofing timbers.
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