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Plumtart
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Catapults

Post by Plumtart » Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:14 pm

To save me from ruining yet another piece of leather (I have resorted to thick paper, now) does anyone have a proven or plausible pattern for a catapult pouch. I should have disassembled the old one before throwing it away. So silly.

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Re: Catapults

Post by Tonkin Wand » Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:34 pm

Hi Plumbtart, You don't say what the catapult is to be used for. Lets assume its for ground bait. Conical [pouches with a tag at the pointed end work well and don't crush the baits or the maggots drop out. The size of the pouch is dependant upon the width of the forks or if to large a facefull of maggots results. Know from experience . Tony

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Re: Catapults

Post by Plumtart » Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:33 am

Hi Tony:

It'll be a maggots job, mainly. But if my catapult making improves (no sign of that so far) I may make a few of different sizes.

My problem is that I seem to be incapable of cutting out a flat shape in leather that then sews up to form a proper shaped pouch.

It occurred to me that others must have been this way before, but if no-one has such a pattern I'll just keep experimenting with paper until something plausible emerges. In fact, since my first mail I've cut out one or two that might serve OK.

Worst case, I'll buy a plastic catapult from a tackle shop, deconstruct the pouch to get the shape, then re-make in leather and give the (mended) shop-bought thing to a lad at the pond who looks as though he might be pleased with it.

Thanks. Will.
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Re: Catapults

Post by DaceAce » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:36 am

When I first made my own catapults in the mid 70s - I use shop-bought ones now - I used to bend a cheap steel rod rest into shape for the frame and just use an old leather shoe tongue as the pouch which was basically a flat piece of leather. I would shape the ends of the tongue and bind the elastic to it. Although some of the catapults I use have shaped pouches I also use ones with flat mesh pouches which work just as well.
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