04 August 2005

Medieval weaponry for kids?

So here's the deal. Got a 9 year old 4th grader who is very into medieval contraptions and weaponry. Loves LOTR, etc. Even Monty Python's Holy Grail. He wants to build a trebuchet or onager or some such, a la:

The question is about safety. Just how big and strong can these things get, and is building a working model something that is safe enough for a 9-year-old? Yeah, I know all kids are different. But it's kinda bugging me...