Pumpkin Chunkin Trebuchet

Pumpkin Chunkin Trebuchet

PostBy: mr1precision On: Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:24 pm

Recently I got involved in helping my old trade school with building a trebuchet for Pumkin Chunkin. I will be trailering it down to Deleware for the weekend of Nov 4th for the competion with the kids. The kids were here at the shop yesterday to at some finishing touches. We had to fire it off before they had to go back to school.
It did pretty well considering the weights havent been added yet. The counter weights should be about 1200lbs and should throw a 5lb pumpkin 1200-1400 ft!
Check out the video.
Thanks,
Steve
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Re: Pumpkin Chunkin Trebuchet

PostBy: jim d On: Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:37 pm

well steve that is pretty impressive i must say !! great for the kids also, keep up the good work , jim
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Re: Pumpkin Chunkin Trebuchet

PostBy: SMITTY On: Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:21 pm

Yeah that thing is mint! 8-) Good luck on the 4th. Bring back a big trophy! :up: :cheers:
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Re: Pumpkin Chunkin Trebuchet

PostBy: freetown fred On: Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:50 pm

Outstanding Steve--good luck to the kids--
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Re: Pumpkin Chunkin Trebuchet

PostBy: jpete On: Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:00 pm

I'm nervous about teaching my kids to make a potato gun, never mind a siege engine! :D

Nice work!
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Re: Pumpkin Chunkin Trebuchet

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:16 pm

Steve,

I'm impressed. But..........................

First off it is PUNKIN CHUNKIN. Get the nname right or those Delaware rednecks will eat you alive !!! Our summer place is 20 miles from there by the water.

I have been there many times. My first piece of advice is you need to take Smitty as a chaperone. That place will be like "Mecca" to him.

The entire weekend is tailor made as a Smitty event. :beer: :cheers: :shots: :smoke: :wine:


Second, you need to start practicing to speak slower and with a slight drawl. You will be staying in lower slower Delaware or LSD as some call it. They do get it but sometimes it takes a while.

Third. Bring boots. It has been pretty wet down there the past month or so. The location is a huge farmer's field. With all the rain they have had, it could become quite muddy by the end of the weekend.

And finally, make sure the camera card is cleared and you have plenty of batteries. There will be many sights (people) to see and record.

I wish I could make it this year to cheer you on. But as of now, it won't be happening. Send me a PM and I will give you my contact info in case you run into any problems and need some help.




Rick
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Re: Pumpkin Chunkin Trebuchet

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:20 pm

I have seen this on tv and would be neat to go to one. As a young teen, I didn't do the smashing, but was witness to a few pumpkin smashings. I remember a BIG group from high school rolling a pumpkin down hill to a teachers house :( and inside was a 1/4 stick. :blowup: Looking back, not a very nice thing to do, I wasn't that bad, I would just throw corn at windows,(scares the heck out of them) :oops: at halloween, but I NEVER did anything that was distructive.
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Re: Pumpkin Chunkin Trebuchet

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:34 pm

AA130FIREMAN wrote:I have seen this on tv and would be neat to go to one.



Yes it definitely is a sight to see. Everyone gets all hyped about the air cannons but in reality, you hear them go off but it is hard as hell to see them fly.

Years ago, they used to hold this event right along Rt. 1, the main north/south route through the area. At the end of the field was a church sitting broadside to the air cannons. As a joke, the church used to hang a giant target painted on a sheet on the roof. We were headed down there to close up our place for the winter and happened to be driving by the church when they were firing them. I pulled the truck into the church parking lot to see if we could watch them land in front of us.

The State Police would close the highway as they were firing in case of stray shots. Anyhow we are sitting there and holy crap a pumpkin landed about 15 ft over the top and behind my truck. Had the aim been better it would have landed on the sidewalk by the church. Needless to say, we figured if that pumpkin had hit the windshield, we would have been pretty messed up. So we left before the popo came to chase us. And that Sunday, the church cancelled services.

That was the last year they had it there. The following year they moved to another location. They needed a field over 5000' long.

More details here: http://www.punkinchunkin.com/




Rick
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Re: Pumpkin Chunkin Trebuchet

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:47 pm

My daughter had an invite to go to the chunk'in last year by a friends family, but they forgot to invite me :(
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Re: Pumpkin Chunkin Trebuchet

PostBy: mr1precision On: Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:20 am

Rick 386 wrote:Steve,

I'm impressed. But..........................

First off it is PUNKIN CHUNKIN. Get the nname right or those Delaware rednecks will eat you alive !!! Our summer place is 20 miles from there by the water.

I have been there many times. My first piece of advice is you need to take Smitty as a chaperone. That place will be like "Mecca" to him.

The entire weekend is tailor made as a Smitty event.

Second, you need to start practicing to speak slower and with a slight drawl. You will be staying in lower slower Delaware or LSD as some call it. They do get it but sometimes it takes a while.

Third. Bring boots. It has been pretty wet down there the past month or so. The location is a huge farmer's field. With all the rain they have had, it could become quite muddy by the end of the weekend.

And finally, make sure the camera card is cleared and you have plenty of batteries. There will be many sights (people) to see and record.

I wish I could make it this year to cheer you on. But as of now, it won't be happening. Send me a PM and I will give you my contact info in case you run into any problems and need some help.




Rick

Thaaaaaanks Riiiiiiiiccccck!!!!!!!
That slow enough? :)
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Re: Pumpkin Chunkin Trebuchet

PostBy: mr1precision On: Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:38 am

Also Smitty is more than welcome to come after all we're cousins! :shock:
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Re: Pumpkin Chunkin Trebuchet

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:27 pm

mr1precision wrote:................
Thaaaaaanks Riiiiiiiiccccck!!!!!!!
That slow enough? :)



Weeeeeeelllllllllllllllllllllll juuuuuuuuuuuusssssssssssssttttttttttttttttt abbbbbbbbooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuttttttttttttttttt.

y'allllllllllllllllllllll just have a good time.


BTW PBR, Red, White, and Blue, and all other cheap brands of beer sell well down there. We used to have some really fun offshore fishing contests. Fish all day then come the next weekend was the party to award the trophies. Big cookout and drink fest.

And I have personally witnessed them take to cap off a 1/2 gal of V.O. and never put it back on. They just like to pass the bottle amongst themselves chasing it with the beer. Of course I was only a witness................... :yearight: :stfu:



Rick
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Re: Pumpkin Chunkin Trebuchet

PostBy: mr1precision On: Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:19 pm

Well it's almost "GO TIME". We tested the trebuchet one last time and loaded up the trailer. The plan is to leave for Delaware Wednesday night and get to Pa. I'm hoping to avoid traffic going through NY. So, I was wondering if I should go over the GW (I usually avoid) or just go the way of the Tappan zee bridge. It will be 9pm or so. Advice anyone?

See the link to Punkin Chunkin! http://www.punkinchunkin.com/
Thanks,
Steve
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Re: Pumpkin Chunkin Trebuchet

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:06 pm

You can go over the GW as long as your going to arrive there at 05:00 or earlier. Any later & you'll add 3 hours to you trip.

Then again, if your pulling a trailer it'll definitely be cheaper to hit the Tapp.
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Re: Pumpkin Chunkin Trebuchet

PostBy: mr1precision On: Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:51 am

SMITTY wrote:You can go over the GW as long as your going to arrive there at 05:00 or earlier. Any later & you'll add 3 hours to you trip.

Then again, if your pulling a trailer it'll definitely be cheaper to hit the Tapp.

So If I get to the GW at 9pm it still bad? I will probably will leave after supper.
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