TK3 Model Trebuchet, Hobbyist Version
Perfect for your next science project!
Designed and made in the USA for
better quality, better performance!
The TK3 Trebuchet Model Kit is an ideal science project machine! Use the hanging counterweight bucket for variable weights, or convert it to a fixed counterweight machine, wheels, or no wheels. The choice is yours!
The TK3 model trebuchet can demonstrate all the principles of the trebuchet as either a hanging counterweight machine, or quickly convert it to a wheeled fixed counterweight machine (and back again!) Which is better? Which one is more efficient? More accurate? More fun? Now you can be the judge!
This professionally engineered model requires only two or three hours and a little glue to assemble. The only tools you'll need are a pair of scissors and (optionally) a utility knife. It has a 15 inch throwing arm, is 18 inches from front to back, 9 inches wide and 13 inches tall at the axle. This is a working model capable of tossing the included wooden missiles over 40 feet!
Precision cut from high quality solid hardwood, the kit includes everything you need to build a working model!*
The detailed instructions are complete with diagrams, photos, tuning tips, and even efficiency equations for calculating your maximum theoretical range! All parts are pre-cut, pre-drilled and can be assembled to a finished model in one evening (plus glue drying time).
The trebuchet is a fantastic demonstration in physics and dynamics. One of the big debates in recent years among historians is whether trebuchets in history used wheels to increase their efficiency and make them more portable, or if they were built on-site without wheels and with counterweights hanging from the end of the arm. This debate was even explored in a TV documentary (NOVA, Secrets of Lost Empires: Medieval Siege).
We've put a lot of time and effort into making this kit as easy and complete as possible. It's a fun way to learn about science and history!
* The counterweight box is supplied, but you'll need to supply the counterweight material to fill the box. For best performance, we recommend using 360 pennies for counterweight and/or two 1.25 lb. barbell weights (barbell mounting inserts also included). These barbell weights can be found at sporting goods stores or on our website.
Scissors, Glue, Ruler, and a utility knife. Sandpaper is optional.
For a Master carpenter doing a sloppy job: about 2 hours.
A person with no kit building experience being extremely meticulous: about six hours.
The model in these photos was built by Ron Toms in about three hours.
- Height: 13" at the main axle, 24" to the tip of the arm.
- Length: 18"
- Width: 9"
Additional Counterweight Required: 360 pennies recommended
(Or loose nuts and bolts, other coins, rocks, anything that
can fit into the 2" x 2" x 3" counterweight box.) and/or two 1.25 barbell weights (barbell weight mounting inserts are included, but not the weights.)
- 20 to 40 feet with the included wooden ball projectiles.
(Optimal range assumes a well tuned machine)
Shipping weight: 2.5 lbs.
Box dimensions: 20" x 12" x 4"
Quantity pricing info:
0 to 4 kits, standard price.
5 to 9 kits, 10% off
10 or more kits, 15% off
Orders of $200 or more qualify for FREE ground shipping!
For more discount pricing info, please visit www.RLT.com/wholesale
WARNING! This is a functional model intended for display and/or educational demonstrations of physics. It contains a fast moving arm and projectile that can cause injury if you make contact when firing. Use only under strict, competent adult supervision.
* The counterweight box is supplied, but you'll need to supply the counterweight material to fill the box. For best performance, we recommend using 360 pennies for counterweight and/or two 1.25 lb. barbel weights (barbel mounting inserts are included).
* Can throw 40 feet when properly constructed and tuned with sufficient counterweights. Your performance may vary.
* TK3 Trebuchet is a trademark of RLT Industries.