November 5 - 7, 2010 -- Medieval Postal Service Competes at the 25th World Championships of Punkin' Chunkin'
Medieval Postal Service competes for the third year at the 2010 World Championships of Punkin' Chunkin' in Bridgeville, DE. This was the 25th annual chunk! We didn't do anything different with the machine from 2009 aside from running 700 pounds of weight right off the bat. Despite some nasty winds most of the weekend, we had a terrific year!
November 6 - 8, 2009 -- Medieval Postal Service Competes in Delaware at the World Championships of Punkin' Chunkin'
Medieval Postal Service competes for the second year at the 2009 World Championships of Punkin Chunkin in Bridgeville, DE. This year was to be much smoother than 2008, as we knew better what we were doing and we knew from testing that the machine was much more stable and was not trying to destroy itself with every shot.
October 31 - November 2, 2008 -- Medieval Postal Service Debuts in Delaware at the World Championships of Punkin' Chunkin'
Medieval Postal Service debuts in Delaware at the 2008 World Championships of Punkin' Chunkin'. Despite not having any test shots with pumpkins until the morning of the first day of competition, we had a good showing, maxing out the 686.79 feet with only 400 of our planned 600 pounds of counterweight. Also, that shot was with a 9 pound pumpkin, a bit on the heavy end. Wait until 2009!
Fall 2008 -- Medieval Postal Service Testing
The various test shots that we took with Medieval Postal Service in the fall of 2008 leading up to its competitive debut in Delaware at the 2008 World Championships of Punkin' Chunkin'. We didn't get much testing done, just one weekend (one day really) due to how long construction and such took. And no shot was taken with a full weight pumpkin or anywhere near our full counterweight, we never exceeded 200 pounds of counterweight on any shot, and that was only for the last shot as it was, with a 4 pound medicine ball. The rest of the shots were taken with
roughly 1 pound gourds and from 0 to 100 pounds of counterweight.
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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!