Method of Construction

Constructed by: Kristen Lindberg '98 and Eliana Sugarman '98

We obtained our original picture from the guidebook to the Mechanical Marvels Exhibition. The diagram proved to be illogical (it wouldn't have worked as drawn!), so we had to make many modifications. These modifications include a set of parallel linkages, which allowed the platform to stay horizontal as opposed to tipping the men off to their deaths! Because of these various changes, our final model varies in many ways from the diagram. Greg served as a fine guide in the machine shop as we worked mainly with woods and some metals. Each step brought on different questions concerning the original diagram, and many times we had to stop and redraw the illustration. Lessons were learned on the manipulation of mechanical devices as well as how to find our way around the machine shop.


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3) Koch, H.W. (1978) Medieval Warfare. DorsetPress.


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