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willworkforfoodjnrSILVER Member
Hunting robot foxes
1,046 posts
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England (UK)


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.

Working hard to be a wandering hippie layabout. Ten years down, five to go!


FearpigSILVER Member
member - tee hee "member"
279 posts
Location: Bethnal Green, London, England (UK)


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!

"Whats wrong with the cat?" - Mrs Schrdinger


willworkforfoodjnrSILVER Member
Hunting robot foxes
1,046 posts
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England (UK)


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

Working hard to be a wandering hippie layabout. Ten years down, five to go!


Fire_MooseSILVER Member
Elusive and Bearded
3,597 posts
Location: Scottsdale, AZ, USA


Posted:
that sounds awesome, im jealous

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daniel_bareketBRONZE Member
17 posts
Location: Israel


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.

astonSILVER Member
Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
4,061 posts
Location: South Africa


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."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland


willworkforfoodjnrSILVER Member
Hunting robot foxes
1,046 posts
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England (UK)


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.

Working hard to be a wandering hippie layabout. Ten years down, five to go!


daniel_bareketBRONZE Member
17 posts
Location: Israel


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

willworkforfoodjnrSILVER Member
Hunting robot foxes
1,046 posts
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England (UK)


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?

Working hard to be a wandering hippie layabout. Ten years down, five to go!


FlameSILVER Member
435 posts
Location: VIC, MELB, Australia


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!

*In the car while Pink is playing on the radio*
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


willworkforfoodjnrSILVER Member
Hunting robot foxes
1,046 posts
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England (UK)


Posted:
Oops, forgot to upload the vid! I'll get it edited and up in the next week or so *promise*

Working hard to be a wandering hippie layabout. Ten years down, five to go!


Fun Key Bay BeeBRONZE Member
F'shoo!
69 posts
Location: USA


Posted:
*checks watch*

FireTomStargazer
6,650 posts

Posted:
*taps foot impatiently*

the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink


willworkforfoodjnrSILVER Member
Hunting robot foxes
1,046 posts
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England (UK)


Posted:
Oops! Totally forgot - I'll get something sorted out this week

*looks sheepish*

Working hard to be a wandering hippie layabout. Ten years down, five to go!


FireTomStargazer
6,650 posts

Posted:
*starts shaking uncontrollably*

the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink


Fronkenstorm 4 posts

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

FireTomStargazer
6,650 posts

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

*cough*

*COUGH*

the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink


Mr MajestikSILVER Member
coming to a country near you
4,693 posts
Location: home of the tiney toothy bear, Australia


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

"but have you considered there is more to life than your eyelids?"

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Fire_MooseSILVER Member
Elusive and Bearded
3,597 posts
Location: Scottsdale, AZ, USA


Posted:
*Checks watch*

O.B.E.S.E.

Owned by Mynci!


ExuroThe Prodigy
82 posts

Posted:
* challenges Mr Majestik to a best of 3 thumb war match *

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


Fun Key Bay BeeBRONZE Member
F'shoo!
69 posts
Location: USA


Posted:
*karate chops thumb war match*

Fire_MooseSILVER Member
Elusive and Bearded
3,597 posts
Location: Scottsdale, AZ, USA


Posted:
*farts*

O.B.E.S.E.

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Fun Key Bay BeeBRONZE Member
F'shoo!
69 posts
Location: USA


Posted:
* *


^silent but deadly.

We should just rename this to the Official Asterisk-Action-Asterisk Topic.
EDITED_BY: Jeik (1247505690)

Fire_MooseSILVER Member
Elusive and Bearded
3,597 posts
Location: Scottsdale, AZ, USA


Posted:
/disagrees

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FireTomStargazer
6,650 posts

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

1-2-scissors!

the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink


Fun Key Bay BeeBRONZE Member
F'shoo!
69 posts
Location: USA


Posted:
*looks intensely at camera*
It wasn't a suggestion.
*shotgunned*

Fire_MooseSILVER Member
Elusive and Bearded
3,597 posts
Location: Scottsdale, AZ, USA


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 BeeBRONZE Member
F'shoo!
69 posts
Location: USA


Posted:
*HLOLOTFCMHAWMP*

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

Fire_MooseSILVER Member
Elusive and Bearded
3,597 posts
Location: Scottsdale, AZ, USA


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

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Fun Key Bay BeeBRONZE Member
F'shoo!
69 posts
Location: USA


Posted:
*gains composure*

*looks around*

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

*cries*

mcpPLATINUM Member
Flying Water Muppet
5,276 posts
Location: Edin-borrow., United Kingdom


Posted:
exploding firestaff? ur doin it wrng!!!

"the now legendary" - Kaskade
"the still legendary" - Kaskade

I spunked in my friend's aquarium and the fish ate it. I love all fish. Especially the pink ones. They are my bitches. - Anon.


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