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If Lenard had been just a little bit madder & thought of
a windmill powered repeating catapult with flywheel auxiliary
power for if the wind drops it might have looked like this.
With a windmill beside it.
And a really big flywheel beside that.
Rather than a fixed
armature that has to be pulled back
between shots it has a sliding one that passes through the
with a bucket on both ends.
Further design specifications may be needed.
May not work as advertised.
May not work.
The armature slides through the centre axis so that the short
end passes under the body of the machine (scooping up the
payload as it does) while the long end sweeps majestically
overhead to send its payload hurtling through the sky.
For demonstration purposes we'll be using custard pies but a
range of unsuitably dangerous payloads are available from the
gift shop at very reasonable rates.
But with a windmill & more complicated ... so not like this. [Skewed, Jul 30 2020]
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||"a full range of unsuitably dangerous payloads are available"
||Perhaps an alley-cat-apult?
||R.I.P. Bent Fabricius-Bjerre (Bent Farbic), 1924-2020
||Yes we do have a feline payload, two very annoyed cats
strapped back to back so whichever way up they hit the
it's with a full set of claws.
||There is a small problem with that particular ordinance
||Whichever way you hold them at least one can always get
its claws into you & It's devilishly difficult to make them let
||We've lost two hands & one whole loader so far.
||Too slow getting out the way after loading.
up & shot out with the cats.
||Another problem there - strapped back-to-back they'd
never come to ground, spinning endlessly as both try to
make sure they landed on their own feet. Dual-cat levitation
is well documented.
||You might have to settle for single loads.
||We solved that one with a single slice of toast buttered on one
side only wedged
||Brilliant. I'll have to remember that trick the next time I'm
faced with a similar situation.