Discussion in 'Fireworks Nostalgia, Collectables And History' started by TONYB, Jan 29, 2017.
heres some more detailed pics of the 80s display pack i found back end of last year
very nice mr t . nice batch of rockets,
Love it mate, thanks for the pics, what I would give for that lot you lucky bugger lol.
That salvo is very much like the Chinese cakes today, looking at that it's just a shame standard couldn't have made it through making stuff to match what we are getting from China only with good old UK recipes with flash powder used today, might have even been better because this crackling stuff drives me bloody mad, nearly every firework today is bloody snap crackle and pop.
would you give your right arm jamie ? lol
Certainly would Steve, that stuff is the crown jewels for me.
Fantastic collection and great photos. Thanks for posting.
Absolutely love this! What a great collection. Id love these display kits to be around these days, what fun
jamie would you give your crown jewels ? lol
Yes definitely, much more fun and excitement and not every firework doing the same thing like today or more like the exact same fireworks relabeled and rebranded under a different company, when we had UK fireworks manufacturers such as standard everything had its own characteristics and stood out, not like what we've got today.
It was in effect a six shot cake. The stake went down the centre tube. The construction was similar to Dizzle Dazzle Bang (remember those from the eighties?), which was, sort of, a three shot cake.
Thanks for that, very interesting, that what I love about this forum, I remember collecting the spent batteries up after GFN in the eighties as a youngster, never saw what they did unfortunately as I was too young and couldn't afford them and my parents wouldn't spend a lot on fireworks, same with the big rockets, never saw them but heard plenty about them on the forum from others who actually fired them, the sky rockets I had in the 80s were those size 3 and 4 dome cap ones, loved them, remember the unique swoosh they gave, not much in the way of payload but we're my favourite as a youngster. Hi
Very interesting point. Of recent times noted that the "mechanical" differences are something that made UK pyro stand out - a (Catherine) wheel, a jumping jack, a rocket, a saxon, a spinner, a set piece, a handheld...you get the point - the fact that modern pyro has all been reduced to a cube that you light - then as you say - it proceeds to produce every pyro effect - plus too much crackle - is quite sad.
They're works of art - HOW many person ( mostly ladies making I would think - here here ) hours does that beautifully pictured set of pyro. represent ? - what WOULD it cost to reproduce now !?! J.
The white piped match was made from a couple reels - one of plain paper, one of stick tape. The paper was wound on a length of steel rod which rotated. The paper arrived at an angle so there was a continuous winding in a spiral along the rod. The sticky tape was arranged to become a second layer, and it held everything together. The little machine thus produced lengths of fairly waterproof pipe continually and these were chopped off to a sensible length. AMAZINGLY, if you inspect the match pipe, it has tiny holes in a straight line all the way along. These were to slightly reduce the pressure developed to give a less violent and noisy fuse. This was one with a little wheel having a radial set of pins - it simply sat rotated against the pipe and did its work. The tops of the set piece tubes were simply blue touchpaper ( in a drum finish rather than a fuse finish ). J.
I *guess* the salvo tubes all went in one hit ?
The chap who designed many many standard fireworks labels is still about I believe
im sure someone on here has previously fired one and can shed some light
Very interesting. how do you know so much detail? Did you work at Standard? Great idea about the perforations in the quickmatch to reduce the whipping effect when it goes off.
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