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willworkforfoodjnr
willworkforfoodjnr

Hunting robot foxes
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Member Since: 8th Aug 2007
Total posts: 1046
Posted:Tests were completed last night and I now have the BEST TOY EVER.

Its a firestaff fitted with electric detonators in the wicks, a rechargable battery and a switch. Push a packet of flash powder into each end and when you push the button BOOM! Big flash which lights the wicks grin

Got a couple of adjustments to make, mostly to do with making the wicks light faster but it works!

I'll upload the video when I can get online somewhere thats not work.


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Fearpig
Fearpig

member - tee hee "member"
Location: Bethnal Green, London
Member Since: 6th Sep 2003
Total posts: 279
Posted:Wow! I had been thinking about that one but was struggling with what to use as the ignition source... flash paper is a great idea!

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willworkforfoodjnr
willworkforfoodjnr

Hunting robot foxes
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Member Since: 8th Aug 2007
Total posts: 1046
Posted:The flash powder packets do work really well. You have to replace the electric detonators after each detonation so it works out costing about 3 each time (1 each per detonator + flash powder + paper) Just built in a little cover at the ends to make this easy.

Choice of fuel is important too, we're using white meths so it will light easily.

The main issue at the moment is getting it to light quickly, idealy I'd like it to be *BOOM* and the staff to be fully lit. At the moment its only the ends of the wick which light so you have to wait a few seconds before starting to spin. Think the solution to that is having the wick extend out past the end of the staff tubing so that more of it will be contacted by the explosion.

If anyone has a go at anything like this BE VERY VERY CAREFUL!!! The guy that did the actual construction has a lot of experience in doing explosive stage effects. Flash powder burns very hot and will damage you if you're not careful!

With any luck we'll have a version for sale in the not too distant future anyway smile


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Fire_Moose
Fire_Moose

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Total posts: 3597
Posted:that sounds awesome, im jealous

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daniel_bareket
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Member Since: 10th Mar 2009
Total posts: 17
Posted:sound very cool. what do use for ignition? where do u buy it? do u think it will work without powder? i dont need explosion just ignition of the wick. if u can upload some photos it will be great.

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aston
aston

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Location: South Africa
Member Since: 2nd Dec 2007
Total posts: 4061
Posted:Built-in flint on the ends. Hit a concrete floor and it may light. wink

'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
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willworkforfoodjnr
willworkforfoodjnr

Hunting robot foxes
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Member Since: 8th Aug 2007
Total posts: 1046
Posted:Theres no way it would work as-is without the powder. Something we did play with was extending the switch from a bush-button lighter so the flame part was inside the wick. Our plan was to have lit the wicks then extinguished so they were still warm and that way when you clicked the button the wick would ignite. Could never get it working though.

I'll have a video up asap (maybe tonight actually smile ) bear in mind that the only one I've got so far isn't amazing quality, but it will show it working.


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daniel_bareket
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Posted:what about flash cotton or paper? will it work?

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willworkforfoodjnr
willworkforfoodjnr

Hunting robot foxes
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Member Since: 8th Aug 2007
Total posts: 1046
Posted:Not sure to be honest, I'm not the pyrotechnics expert! I'll ask John when I see him tomorrow. I assume flash cotton/paper just burn really fast and hot without the big flash?

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Flame
Flame

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Location: VIC, MELB
Member Since: 12th Jan 2004
Total posts: 435
Posted:Congratulations, I know a few people who have toyed with this very idea for awhile but never managed to get thier head around it. Cant wait to see footage and again well done smile!

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Tristan aged 4 : "Mum is this Pink?"
Flame:"Yes mate this is Pink?"
Tristan:"Are you going to Pink?"
Flame:"Yes i am"
Tristan:"Cool well I'm going to BLUE" smile

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willworkforfoodjnr
willworkforfoodjnr

Hunting robot foxes
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Member Since: 8th Aug 2007
Total posts: 1046
Posted:Oops, forgot to upload the vid! I'll get it edited and up in the next week or so *promise*

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Fun Key Bay Bee
Fun Key Bay Bee

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Member Since: 22nd Mar 2009
Total posts: 69
Posted:*checks watch*

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FireTom
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Member Since: 20th Sep 2003
Total posts: 6650
Posted:*taps foot impatiently*

the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink

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willworkforfoodjnr
willworkforfoodjnr

Hunting robot foxes
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Member Since: 8th Aug 2007
Total posts: 1046
Posted:Oops! Totally forgot - I'll get something sorted out this week

*looks sheepish*


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FireTom
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Posted:*starts shaking uncontrollably*

the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink

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Fronkenstorm
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Posted:*loudly clears throat*........ *takes deep sigh*

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FireTom
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Posted:[sides that] *wwffjr*... wink

*cough*

*COUGH*


the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink

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Mr Majestik
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Posted:*suggests thumbwars for those others who are also waiting* grin

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Fire_Moose
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Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Total posts: 3597
Posted:*Checks watch*

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Exuro
Exuro

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Member Since: 5th Dec 2008
Total posts: 82
Posted:* challenges Mr Majestik to a best of 3 thumb war match *

You play with fire,
You're going to get burned.

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Fun Key Bay Bee
Fun Key Bay Bee

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Member Since: 22nd Mar 2009
Total posts: 69
Posted:*karate chops thumb war match*

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Fire_Moose
Fire_Moose

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Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Total posts: 3597
Posted:*farts*

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Fun Key Bay Bee
Fun Key Bay Bee

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Member Since: 22nd Mar 2009
Total posts: 69
Posted:* *


^^^silent but deadly.

We should just rename this to the Official Asterisk-Action-Asterisk Topic.

EDITED_BY: Jeik (1247505690)


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Fire_Moose
Fire_Moose

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Posted:/disagrees

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FireTom
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Posted:or move it to the "dead end" forum

1-2-scissors!


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Fun Key Bay Bee
Fun Key Bay Bee

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Member Since: 22nd Mar 2009
Total posts: 69
Posted:*looks intensely at camera*
It wasn't a suggestion.
*shotgunned*


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Fire_Moose
Fire_Moose

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Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Posted:ever hear of a company called CRKT? they have this...trademark i suppose, it's 1* hahah get it?

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Fun Key Bay Bee
Fun Key Bay Bee

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Posted:*HLOLOTFCMHAWMP*

^^^hysterically-laughing-out-loud-on-the-floor-clapping-my-hands and-wetting-my-pants


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Fire_Moose
Fire_Moose

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Posted:/gives a weird look to jeik and backs outta the thread slowly

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Fun Key Bay Bee
Fun Key Bay Bee

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Member Since: 22nd Mar 2009
Total posts: 69
Posted:*gains composure*

*looks around*

............

*cries*


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mcp
mcp

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Location: Edin-borrow.
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Total posts: 5276
Posted:exploding firestaff? ur doin it wrng!!!

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"the still legendary" - Kaskade

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