For our latest film, A Bigger Slice of British Pie, we decided to up the ante on props for the opening scene. Last year, Ratboy took a pie to the face from Phil Atwill. This year, it was Josh's turn to get some payback and I wanted to build him a highly strung, medieval weapon.
Humble beginnings on Rob's driveway. This is Rob Kennerley and his dad, Adrian. The mechanical brains behind my creative ideas. Not sure where I'd be without their hands on 'let's get it done and done properly' approach.
Bit of wood, an aluminium pipe from the scrapyard, some bolts and some massive elastic bands. Oh and a bin lid for the tray.
Flick through the slideshow to see this monster come to life. Think it came to just shy of 200 quid and an afternoon to build after some planning and research. Ie. searching 'how to build a catapult' on Youtube.
There she is, finished and about to be tested. We carried this onto Woolston Park in Warrington whilst some Football training was about to finish. We got some very strange looks carrying this onto the field. We launched a few bricks and my phone a good 70-80ft so I was more than happy with it's range capabilities seeing as in the film it launches a silver platter full of shaving foam with disc rotors strapped to it for extra weight.
To finish she got a lick of fence paint and then got stored in Josh Gleave's barn until we needed it. It was designed to be flatpack to fit inside vehicles better. It's still in his barn now so if anyone wants to borrow a catapult, let me know!