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Desktop Warfare Kits

That's not a catapult. THIS is a catapult!

Desktop Warfare Kits

That's not a catapult. THIS is a catapult!

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Desktop Trebuchet


Those ancient types sure knew a thing or two about nasty weaponry. Battering rams, flails, walloping great battle axes; even today the thought of squaring up to one of these deadly bits of hardware is enough to make you wince. But for real ouch-that-hurts flinging power, history tells us that the mighty Trebuchet, Ballista and Catapult were in a class of their own.

Desktop Trebuchet


So thank goodness these awesome projectile-chuckers are making a comeback in the form of our delightfully vindictive Desktop Warfare Kits. As you may have surmised, these build-em-yourself wooden weapons are not quite as devastating as their full-sized counterparts, but they're considerably more amusing as they can be used to fling soggy bits of squished-up tissue and other office detritus at annoying colleagues. Also, each smart masterpiece looks totally innocuous sitting by your computer - perfect for sneak attacks.

Desktop Trebuchet

NEW Catapult

Best of all you get to assemble your weapon of mass distraction, which makes scoring a direct hit even more satisfying. Consisting of various pre-cut, pre-drilled wooden components, slings, strings and other quality things, Desktop Warfare Kits are beautifully engineered scale models of genuine weapons used by ancient thugs in times gone by. Not that you'll be worrying about historical accuracy when you're preparing to unleash hell (well a few bits of chewing gum) on an unsuspecting workmate.

Desktop Warfare

Desktop Trebuchet

If you build it, they will run

Although they are blasts from the past, Desktop Warfare Kits are infinitely more effective than flipping gum with a ruler or boinging rubber bands at the boss. And in the infantile but never-ending intra-office arms race, effective weaponry is everything. So what are you waiting for? At our signal, hit Buy. Thou knoweth it maketh sense!
Desktop Trebuchet

Some assembly required

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Please Note:
  • For ages 8+
  • Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts
  • Assembly required
  • Glue is not included with the Ballista or Catapult
Trebuchet Contents:
  • Over 40 pre-cut & pre-drilled wooden components
  • Glue
  • Fabric catapult
  • Ammunition (plasticene)
  • Detailed instruction manual
Ballista Contents:
  • Over 30 pre-cut & pre-drilled wooden components
  • Tendons and bow-string
  • 2 Wooden missiles with safety tip
  • Detailed instruction manual
Catapult Contents:
  • Over 15 pre-cut & pre-drilled wooden components
  • Catapult launcher
  • Ammunition (plasticene)
  • Detailed instruction manual
  • Trebuchet approximately 34cm(W) x 19cm(H) x 14cm(D) when assembled
  • Ballista approximately 30cm(W) x 23cm(H) x 30cm(D) when assembled
  • Catapult approximately 25cm(W) x 19cm(H) x 14cm(D) when assembled

Customer Reviews

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I bought one of these awhile back and while I can greatly recommend buying these from Firebox if you buy them. The company that supplies them is very bad, my one came with half the parts missing and despite 6 months of emails asking where I could buy replacements no replies. Not Fireboxes fault but I recommend checking for all the parts before beginning construction so that it may be returned.
James, Essex - 13th July 2011
I want the Ballista plzzzzz tell me you will stock them well before Christmas!
Jack, Newcastle - 22nd November 2010
Firebox says: Unfortunately we don't have any coming in in the near future.
My mum got all three of these sets for my birthday and I have only praise for these. They are the most intertaining toy I have recived in a long time and you get a pang of sheer delight as you hit you target of jenga blocks from 10 yards away. Fantastic value for money and a great little gift !! Firebox rules ! (I intend to make a video soon !).
Steven E, Wymondham - 24th April 2008
The catapult is great. I needed it for a physics project (trying to make coursework more interesting), and it is perfect. The range is great for indoor work, and it is easily adjustable.
Helen, Birmingham - 31st December 2007
I have now bought both of these kits and they are both really good fun.
Richard Nelson, Somerset - 29th October 2007
I bought both of these kits to keep me occupied during the bank holiday weekend, and they certainly succeeded. Firstly the Ballista, this kit is of the slot together variety and so will go together in about 30 mins or so. Stringing the thing took a while though and a third hand would have been useful. The first test firing was a bit of a damp squib but with a bit of tweaking I had the supplied ammo soaring across the garden at invading gnomes. The Trebuchet is a glue together and so takes a bit of drying time, I found that you could put together lots of the sections simultaneously and then wait for them to dry so it's worth reading ahead in the instructions. I found that some of the plans that were supplied were a little out on the measurements so I would suggest dry fitting where possible so that you can make adjustments before the final gluing. And so it was into action, a couple of miss fires and then the now usual adjusting time later I was out in the garden eyeing the gnomes again. The Trebuchet instead cleared the fence and tried to repel the neighbours. Smashing kits.
Chris Jones, Cambridge - 29th August 2007

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