Discussion in 'Firework Events And Displays' started by Locky Smith, Mar 28, 2018.
53" shell being fired in Valletta on 7th June.
Made by St Catherine's firework factory.
Is this genuine?
The inside of that tube doesn't exactly look smooth!
I think somebody might have a better idea at about 13.00 gmt tomorrow
I noticed that but wondered about the tube's bung....... All our mortar tubes have bungs at the bottom. Those I've seen in a 16" tube is quite substantial. So I wondered if those internal plates had to to with the bung - maybe the marker for filling with clay or something similar once the tube has been put in the ground? With the shell sitting on its lift charge comfortably above those plates.
Not sure if they have made two, or one is a sleeve?. I hope somebody posts some better pictures tomorrow
Interesting..... Those spiral lines suggest the tube's made of spiral wound material. If they're the same width on both tubes, then that upright one is longer than the length of the horizontal one from the white line to the end near the ladder. So maybe the sleeve idea is right..... the outer tube is filled with bung material to the plates & inner tube sits on plates.... the lower part of the mortar has double wall thickness where the lift gas pressure is highest... as the shell lifts, the gases fill the tube and the pressure reduces, so the top portion of the mortar is OK with just the single wall thickness.
The tube was a chimney at a power station when finished it will be about 20 ft. Tall. Due to the firing site being solid rock it will be above ground and anchored down with straps.
As for what's being fired from it wait and see.
One tube certainly has it's dimensions stencilled inside. 1400mm x 25mm wall thickness.
Sorry, I should of arranged your visit for today, the Hamex factory were there on a visit also
Met the Hamex contingent at the factory tour yesterday moved to Valletta today ready for tomorrow night preparations well underway
Anybody else going out to see it?
Probably having met the man the built it.
Being weighed this week estimated 600kg.
Is the intention to claim a world record with this shell?
Here's hoping that one or more videos will be available from youtube linked here.
MMmm. Might have to make a trip.
The 19" shell in the forefront is for Zejtun in June.
As to what's behind.......
What dates all this Locky?
The big one is 7th June as part of V18 (city of culture celebrations), Thursday.
The 19" is for the feast in Zejtun, I think on the 14th June
Ted is exited
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