|Some assembly required prior to beginning the seige|
I had some of the girls assemble the trebuchet. I think they enjoyed hitting things with the rubber mallet the most.
After some practice they were able to get some good distance out of the water balloons with the trebuchet. I had initially tried some small balloons (sold as "water bombs"), but they were too fragile. I used some full size balloons filled to the size of a softball with water.
|Target's Eye View|
The water bottle rockets were a big hit, particularly the overhead launcher. Here are some pics.
|Custom design takes flight|
The Art Applewhite rockets flew surprisingly fast and high (A10-3T motor)! The girls didn't do a great job gluing the tops (as the instructions stated), so the parachute charge blew through the top. However, they had a great time with the first flight. I will definitely use these again.
|Launching a qBit|
|Great shot of the Estes Oracle on launch|
We launched Big Bertha and the BLU using B6-4 motors. Both were good launches. The kids enjoyed trying to catch the bomblets that came out of the BLU.
While I was picking up the motors from the hobby shop I impulse purchased an Estes ready-to-fly kit, the "Summit". The rocket is surprisingly tall, given it comes in a box ready-to-fly. The body is two equal length tubes, and it flew nicely. If I had been more on top of things we would have set up to measure height of launch, but things were moving too quick for me to keep up.
Overall I received good reviews from the party. A few technical glitches we were able to overcome. The birthday girl seemed to enjoy herself, which is what it was all about, right? (no, not about me at all...)