This is the assembled prototype of the Onager Kitset I’m flogging this Christmas as part of my “Help prevent Murray from stavation this festive season” campaign. Assuming it get my turkey so large you’d think its mother had been rogered by an omnibus the excess is going towards reparing, refurbishing and rebuilding my catapults.
A video of the model firing is here. You’ll be able to see that the model jumps when fired which is where the name onager comes from, being Latin for “kicking mule”. The shot landed by the dark brown chair thats side on. About 20′. With a throwing arm of only 100mm (4″) thats a pretty impressive effort. If you use 5 minute araldite (epoxy glue) then you can have the kit made and firing within an hour.
The kit comes with all the bits you need for the model including pre-shaped wire parts for the trigger and release mechanism and parts for making the ammunition. An instruction booklet is included with step by step photo instructions and a project to keep the kids amused while they accidently learn about ballistic plotting and ranging. the kit is $20 + $5 P&P US$ for outside New Zealand and NZ$ locals. I have three left at the moment that can probably make it before Christmas and I’ll be doing another run after Christmas as well. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to order one.
UPDATE: All current kits in production have been accounted for. If you do want one It probably wont arrive untill after Christmas at this point but drop me a line if you’re interested in case I suddenly found more time laying about the place.