1M40.95 - Trebuchet

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Energy Conservation
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  • Eric Constans and Aileen Constans, "Treb-Bot: Development and Use of a Trebuchet Simulator", TPT, Vol. 53, #6, Sept. 2015, p. 347.
  • James O'Connell, "Dynamics of a Medieval Missile Launcher: The Trebuchet", TPT, Vol. 39, #8, Nov. 2001, p. 471.
  • William S. Porter and Robert E. Tremblay, "A Medieval Example of Energy Conservation", TPT, Vol. 32, #8, Nov. 1994, p. 476.
  • William Gurstelle, "Build Your Own Mini Medieval Siege Weapon", Popular Science, Vol. 288, #5, Sept/Oct. 2016, p. 82.
  • William Gurstelle, "How To Build A Roman Catapult In Your Backyard", Popular Science, Vol. 287, #3, Mar. 2015, p. 68.
  • Arbor Scientific, "Trebuchet Kit", www.arborsci.com
  • Kelvin instructions, "Kelvin Trebuchet", http://kelvin.com/, 2006.

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