emaynard wrote:I keep hearing the floating arm trebuchet is the way to go because of how far it shoots, but how acurate is it.
Yes, a well built floating arm treb (FAT) will beat a well built A-Treb but a well built A treb will beat an average FAT.
It's all about insuring your design is optimized and you have all of your data and graphs.
If you lose points for lack of data, you will lose regardless of what kind of treb you have.
If you have never built a treb before, check the WIKI and try building the "night before treb".
It is a basic T treb (like an A treb but with less parts and complexity).
I built one of these "table top" size to throw stuff around the room as a demo. Hopefully the photos will be up soon.
As far as dumbing down the event.
1) build a treb or some type of throwing device that uses a counterweight and fits in a 75cm square box
2) take data and make 5 charts for different projectiles, weights, etc
3) go to the competition and shoot whatever they give you as far as you can.