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Old 06-11-2004, 12:35 PM   #1
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Sparklers

I spent yesterday with John Kennett on one of his Displays, gave a hand here and there, but was probably more of a hinderence than a help, but enjoyed it immensely all the same.

Big 'J' had to run the 18 minute display manually (via the electronic control system) as the pre-programmed script failed to run when asked, but other than the initial few seconds delay as he took over command, I had no idea it wasn't running as planned! A very spectacular and impressive display it was too!

I have to say, next time I walk away from a large firework display, I'll be thinking of the poor buggers that have to go round clearing up the unbelievable mess that a display of this size leaves behind! And walking round a dark, cold Rugby pitch picking up scraps of cardboard n paper can be pretty tedious.

Thanks very much to JK for showing me behind the scenes of a major firework display.



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Old 06-11-2004, 12:54 PM   #2
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Big 'J' had to run the 18 minute display manually (via the electronic control system) as the pre-programmed script failed to run when asked,

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MMmmnnnn! guess I shouldn't have played with that box wiv all dem buttons on
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Big 'J' had to run the 18 minute display manually (via the electronic control system) as the pre-programmed script failed to run... I had no idea it wasn't running as planned!
Johnny Rocket practising for when his Steyr electronic engine management fails?
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Old 06-11-2004, 02:50 PM   #5
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He'll have to work his fingers pretty quick to operate the injectors @4000rpm!
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Of course of he was out with David B at the time he'd be OK with such a brilliant mechanic on board!

Good to hear you had such an excellent night out - we were treated to an amateur version with our next door neighbour who's a bit of a sparkler prefect. 45minute display with a shadow figure leaping around in the smoke with a lit taper setting fire to things (himself at on point last year ) One of the spent rockets landed on the booze table, smashing a bottle and glasses, but no casualties We reckon it was from another neighbour trying to out-do us!

Great stuff, not a public liability insurance policy in sight.
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JF I guess it was a bit more spectacular than the last time you spilt a diet coke on your Barco
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Thanks very much to JK for showing me behind the scenes of a major firework display.
No probs. Thanks for the help!

BTW the system ran flawlessly last night without you there
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Johnny Rocket lets one go!

As I've explained earlier in this thread, I went to see how it's done at a big pyrotechnic display last week with JK. I also mentioned that JK had to run the thing manually, when at the last minute the electronics let him down.

I managed to get some video on the night, which I've digitised, and posted here so you can appreciate the dedication Mr K puts in to his work!

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Stu's having a bit of a display next sat, mebbe you could pop down and let one (or two) go!







PS. this is not Mrs F by the way, it's the FGT
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what ? where ? when?
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Don't tell me that's the first you've heard of it?
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No I knew about it yesterday I'll get the scrap cars from the front of the house before the weekend. Manning is threatening to come down with his tribe so I wont be drinking much!


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Old 13-11-2004, 10:08 PM   #16
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Manning is threatening to come down
Yeah, and how many times has the tosser said that!


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