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Team Urban Siege Reaches Delaware

Team Urban Siege has made it down to Delaware and is beginning to set up Medieval Postal Service. We were able to move right in to our pit as soon as we arrived around 3:20 after leaving Rochester at 7:20AM. This is despite the large amount of rain that had fallen on the field over the last week or so, prompting remarking of the pit locations at least once. Still, all was fairly dry once we got on-site today. Tomorrow we plan to finish setup, as we were only able to get the base put together before we ran out of light. Plus, we were tired after almost 7.5 hours of driving and an early morning to boot.

Hopefully we will be ready to do some test shooting sometime around noon and throughout the afternoon. This year's modifications mean that the machine takes even longer than last year to set up. We have 200 5" bolts to install, along with plenty of others. This will take some time. Still, the worst part is really the clearing of the pit where we put the machine and the associated leveling of the frame. At least for tonight, the frame is almost perfectly level, which is more than can be said for the state it was in during our testing this fall. The flat cornfields of Delaware are a dream to level stuff on. That's all for today, we will try to keep the updates coming as the competition progresses.

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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!!!