For my trebuchet project, I have finalized my design and acquired all the materials I need for my construction including some nice pieces of ghost wood which really fits my ghastly war-torn aesthetic goals. My plan is to finish the construction by next week and start working on the aesthetic as soon as possible.
The known risk with this timeline is that if I hit a design roadblock during construction, that might reduce the time I have left to spend on my aesthetic goals. In order to avoid this debacle, I’m cautious with every step of my construction and try to resolve any problems as soon as they arise so that they do not accumulate to the end. This, I believe, will also help me reduce the time required for testing as I will be testing frequently during the construction phase.