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The Desktop Ballista: A working model of the Roman seige weapon. Shoots toothpicks. Proceeds go to historical research and education.
The Desktop Ballista: A working model of the Roman seige weapon. Shoots toothpicks. Proceeds go to historical research and education.
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    Backing at this level will go toward funding for historical education programs. Donations will be project kits like the ballista and monetary for books, etc.

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    10 pack of soft tipped darts. These are wooden darts tipped with a soft foam head for safe firing. This item was added for those that want to add more darts to their kit order. Add $9 to any reward below to get the 10 pack of darts.

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    You will receive the "I kickstarted a desktop ballista" tee shirt (see photo in the project description).

    If you'd like a tee shirt AND a ballista kit, just add $15 to any of the reward levels below. We'll get your order exactly by form if we are funded.

    Please add $7 shipping/handling for any location outside of USA for the shirt only.

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    You will receive one basic ballista kit that includes everything you need to build, and two foam tipped darts. You can fire your own toothpicks, so you won't have to worry about losing the darts.

    Please add $10 shipping/handling for any location outside of USA.

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    The ballista marksman (or woman) kit. This includes a basic ballista and a foam target complete with red bullseye.

    You can add $5 to any of the rewards to get a target.

    Please add $10 shipping/handling for any location outside of USA.

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    Pledge US$ 40 or more About US$ 40

    You will receive a basic ballista kit WITH laser engraving. We will laser engrave the side piece of the ballista with your name or whatever text you like and any font that we can engrave (many available). Recommended engravable area is 2.5 inches (~1 cm) wide by 3/8" (9.5 mm) high. Please add $10 for shipping to locations outside of the USA.

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    The Battle Pack: Two standard model ballistas (the plural form is actually spelled "ballistae"), 10 foam tipped darts, and a practice target with stand. Please add $12 for shipping/handling outside of USA.

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    Pledge US$ 60 or more About US$ 60

    The Gift: An assembled basic ballista kit, including engraving. If you'd like to buy the ballista as a gift for someone pre-assembled, go with this model. We will assemble it for you, with engraving. Please add $15 for shipping to locations outside of USA.

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    3 pack: With this reward you are purchasing 3 basic ballistas. This reward was added in response to requests for 3 or more ballista packs. People are thinking of Christmas gifts already? Okay, so this is for those uber organized folk. Please note that shipping of all units must be to one location. Please add $15 for shipping to locations outside of US.

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    The Deluxe Kit: You will receive the deluxe model which includes genuine horsehair twisted rope instead of modern string, and brass metal parts (ratchet gear, pawl, and washers) and engraving on the side (if desired). The brass parts are decorative, but also historically accurate. The Romans used brass and steel parts on their ballistae. Please add $12 for shipping/handling outside the USA.

    The $75 price for deluxe was an "early backer" offering at limited quantity.

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    The Deluxe Gift: You get a pre-assembled deluxe model. This model includes engraving and we'll polish the brasswork, so that the ballista is ready for use and attractive display out of the box. Please add $15 shipping for locations outside of the USA.

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    Deluxe ballista and a story: You get a deluxe ballista, and if you're in the Denver area, we'll give a tour of our shop and take you to dinner. And during dinner, I'll share outline and some sample writing from an historical novel in the works that is about the Roman general Scipio Africanus.

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    Exotic Wood Deluxe Model - Only 5 of these will be made. It will be a fully assembled ballista made with the deluxe materials (brass and horsehair parts) but also made in your choice of exotic hardwood (Purpleheart, Zebrawood, Rosewood, Bubinga, Padauk, Wenge, Cherry, or Curly Maple). See photo in description for the wood appearance. Price includes shipping anywhere. Includes engraving if you would like it.

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    The Deluxe Kit: You will receive the deluxe model which includes genuine horsehair twisted rope instead of modern string, and brass metal parts (ratchet gear, pawl, and washers) and engraving on the side (if desired). The brass parts are decorative, but also historically accurate. The Romans used brass and steel parts on their ballistae. Please add $12 for shipping/handling outside the USA.

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    One basic ballista kit and one deluxe kit, two targets, and 10 soft tipped darts.

    Please add $15 for shipping to locations outside the USA.

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