About the Trabuco
The Trabuco was an early weapon of war employed during battles in the middle age period to cause havoc. The ancient machine worked by firing missiles in the form of large stones to harm the enemy and crush their protective walls. The Trabuco was first introduced to the battlefield in the 400 BC where it was first used by the Chinese armies and was later used in Europe in 600 AD. The ancient war machine was easy to construct and required five parts to assemble. The components included the beam, sling, chute, guide, and the counterweight.
How the Old War Machine was Utilized
The Trabuco war weapon used the sling or catapult method to shoot projectiles. The weapon was developed as a modification of the sling since it would accommodate large missiles, unlike the sling. Further, its mechanism worked by incorporating physics whereby the potential energy in the sling converts to kinetic energy to fire loads. Moreover, for the Trabuco to effectively launch the projectiles, the Chinese engineers had to have accurate calculations otherwise they would miss the target. What’s more, the missiles used were not only large stones but also included fireballs, human skulls, and even animal carcasses.
Furthermore, the Trabuco was initially made using a mechanism that comprised of human use as the counterweight employed to launch projectiles. The war machine was referred to as the balancing Trabuco, and at some point, it became too difficult to operate it as it was not easy to coordinate people. The war weapon was then upgraded to the traction Trabuco which was easier to use as it used a counterweight to shoot instead of human activity.
Equally important, the Trabuco machines were made in different sizes which in turn determined the extent of the destructions they caused. Some of the large Trabuco war machines would shoot projectiles which were up to 140 pounds while covering distances of up to 800 meters away. However, during the launch, some of the energy would get wasted due to gravity and friction. The war machine was later abandoned in the 13th century when gunpowder was discovered.