Repaired (replaced) my catapult and what a difference! So crisp and snappy now when shots go in. The broken welds gave up 20-30% of the energy of the shots going in, it seems.
Overall the job wasn’t bad but I snapped one of the long hex posts that hold on the upper field.
FYI if this happens to anyone, you can use a simple screw in its place and it works perfectly fine.
Also IMPORTANT, check under plastic # 33 on the left side of the upper field. Likely you are missing a securing screw for the upper field like I was. Add another screw in there and it really tightens down the upper field.
Pics of Sir Charles and I rocking out to my fixed up game, along with my broken catapult.5F57C039-9E2C-4F74-B283-421AA1601942 (resized).jpeg678EFD95-2D51-48D0-A89B-19C177EAB13F (resized).jpeg7037DE42-1FB1-4644-88B2-5124A77A625C (resized).jpeg