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Medieval Postal Service is Ready for the Chunk!





Well, Medieval Postal Service is done with testing for 2009. We had a fairly successful testing period, despite the constant rain which washed out several days that could have been used to test even further. Nevertheless, the machine is firing at full capacity, and so far is not trying to destroy itself on each shot like last year. This in itself is good news. This weekend we will be packing up the machine for transportation to Delaware. The plan is to leave early Wednesday morning so that we get down to the field around 3 or 4 PM, and get our pit assignment and a few other little details sorted out before we begin to set up on Thursday. This year we ought to be able to shoot some test shots on Thursday, which will be good since we will be able to make sure we are in shape to compete starting Friday.

We are still fully intending to break the 1000-foot barrier, and feel pretty good about our chances in that regard. As far as the other goal, that being to take 4th place or higher, well who knows. Shenanigans II, a machine that is also a Floating Axle King Arthur style on our scale, is having major problems and is currently undergoing frantic rebuilding. Still, don't count them out, they could certainly give us a run for our money. Hokie Hurler has also undergone some serious upgrades, and may well spoil our attempts. And there are others floating out there. There is talk of Morganna rebuilding, and First in Fright has the potential to threaten and even exceed the 1000-foot mark as well. It should be a great battle among the mid-tier teams!

Stay tuned for more information!




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Use "common sense" when operating trebuchets and catapults. Even little ones can be dangerous. Do not place anything you are not willing to lose in the plane of the arm rotation (this includes yourself, body parts, car windshields, cameras, etc). These catapults and trebuchets are capable of throwing just as far backwards as forwards, and the use of a backstop of some sort is recommended, though the use of one does not make the region behind it safe.

Also, just because the throw got away safely downrange does not mean the end of the danger. The arm is likely still swinging wildly along with the counterweight, and there is a sling whipping around. One thing many people fail to take into account is this sling; some people put a metal ring on the slip end of the sling and this ring can HURT when whipping around!

Have fun hurling, but please KEEP IT SAFE!!!