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#88181 UKPS 2017 AGM!

Posted by BlackCat on 07 May 2017 - 08:22 AM

I can only echo the sentiments of those above, it was a really good day and I also feel that there were some really good ideas for taking the Society forward. It was really good to meet you all and I hope to see you again in the future, not too distant though!


The fireworks were awesome! Thanks guys!

#88177 UKPS 2017 AGM!

Posted by phildunford on 06 May 2017 - 11:46 PM

Excellent day. Special mention for Rob L for organizing the food & Karl for a great display.


Been pretty despondent about UKPS lately, but this was a great AGM - lots of enthusiasm and great ideas. Hopefully a chance for us to put recent petty squabbles behind us and start building up the society agaiin.


Was great to see new faces as well as some familiar ones...

#88178 UKPS 2017 AGM!

Posted by Karl Mitchell-Shead on 07 May 2017 - 12:20 AM

I had a great afternoon too, it wasn't a huge turnout but those that attended were just the right people and it was a real pleasure. I feel UKPS has turned a corner and the discussion about where we as a community are going to start heading was extremely productive.

Steve - the award for best explosives infovideo goes to you and Billy Bass - 10/10!!

Glad you all enjoyed the display - the triple peanuts were nice!

Here's to the future :)

#87787 A&K Application problems review...

Posted by BlackCat on 08 December 2016 - 04:12 PM

Since posting the above, I've had a further E-mail from Andi Jamieson, who is the ELO for Northants, and copied to the enquiry officer handling my application. In it, he says that having seen my E-mail responding to their E-mail copied in my previous post and having a look at the updated UKPS Good Practice Guide via the link that I sent them, he now believes that the Police are responsible for issuing licences for pyrotechnics. Consequently, he's advised my case officer to go ahead and issue me with an appropriate certificate.


It seems that re-sending them the link to the GPG has done the trick and broken the stalemate so is, perhaps, something that future applicants should include with their application covering letter.


I'm not going to celebrate until I have the piece of paper in my hand but, a big thanks to all of you that posted advice and support for my endeavours and a special thanks to Wayne.


I'll let you know when it arrives.

#87784 A&K Application problems review...

Posted by wayne on 07 December 2016 - 10:27 PM

Absolutely, it would be great to be involved.  I'll be in touch once I know more.


Also, just for every bodies reference, I've updated the good practise guidance to include UN MAN2 in explosive certificate applications:



#79848 Black powder VS Flash powder

Posted by Deano 1 on 10 May 2013 - 09:31 PM

hi m8,,why dont u make some 3/4"id rammed black powder(75/15/10) thunderflashes...i did unintentionally when i started trying to make rockets... and you dont need a ball mill.the kn03 is ground to talc in a mp,the sulphur will just need the lumps kneaded out if its pyro grade i do this on a small sheet of plastic with a teaspoon and you will need airfloat charcoal,,i think it was vine i had then...now for the tooling...lol u will need,,,a 1" thick pice of wood,,4"sq is fine,, a 6" nail and a 3/4 piece of round dowel 7"long with a hole drilled 5.5" deep thru the centre the same dia as the nail and another length with no hole....i mix my bp shaking in a coffee can untill my arms are sore,,you will want to put tape round the lid so you can do this indoors without any dramas you can then open it outside to disloge all the powder trapped in gaps without making a mess....hammer the nail thru the centre of the wood,,by the time your doing this your 3/4 id 7" long cardboard pyro tubes will have arrived,,, place 1 over the top of the nail and centre then pour a teaspoon of bp in(a paper funnel is a must) insert the hollow rammer over the nail, slide down and bed firmly in the powder now your redy to ram (if you dont have a soft mallet pad a hammer with rags untill u do) 4 or five sharp smacks will do,you will feel the bp compressing with the first few hits,repeat this process untill your above the nail then switch to the solid rammer untill ur 1/4" from the top then twist off the nail and there you have it,,,now you may want to have another nail sawn in half so you can make smaller ones..a piece of visco is inserted well into the core taped up and the other end plugged..the 7" one will have 35g+ of rammed green meal and will make a lovely thump but halfsize is more doable in the garden...to give you an idea about flash,,,3g with a light confinement will be louder than the 7" bp thunderflash but its a sharp bamg not a lovely round thump and the smell of bp...aaahhhhhhh...u can also ram foutain compositions in ur tubes

Was ya pi553d when ya typed this lot up dude :lol:

#79123 2013 AGM Announced

Posted by Guest on 26 January 2013 - 02:46 PM

Just a request but could the agm do some more hands on practical demonstrations, we have the 100g rule. let use it to our advantage.


we come to forum to learn safely a hobby we all enjoy. all could be done within 100g rule


star rolling

Comet making (using Resorcinol Resin so they dry within 10 min)

BP competition ( bring 10g of your best bp and have it tested and timed to other competitors)

Charcoal making demonstrations

Maybe vic could make a 100g rockets being made and tested.


All we would need is a small marquee.

#78170 Post your 2102 Stash

Posted by cooperman435 on 29 October 2012 - 12:34 AM

:-) 1/2 of the new stash arriving :-)

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#78135 Over inflated prices

Posted by phildunford on 25 October 2012 - 08:58 PM

As long as there is no simple way to prove your bona-fide to a retailer there will always be a premium on easy to buy fuse.

It seems that you have to be 'in the club' to buy fuse from a firework company, and it's not an easy club to join...

I've mentioned before that I would like to see UKPS membership as at least a nod in the right direction of proving good intent. Any retailers out there willing to get involved, please message me.

As to any individual providing a service it's caveat emptor (more Latin!) and if you don't like the price you dont have to buy it.

Keep calm and carry on chaps!

#88906 Proposed EU ban on Potassium Chlorate/Perchlorate for members of the public

Posted by Tinderbox on 18 September 2018 - 07:53 PM

I am very seriously looking into taking my business and life over to the USA where I can pursue my peaceful hobby of making pretty lights in the sky legally and even attend competitions and join active clubs. This country is dead to me.

#88424 16" Shell of Shells The build and the shooting.

Posted by Arthur Brown on 27 September 2017 - 01:33 AM

After several years nurturing a friendship, an invitation was made available to me privately, to go o the USA, to a site licensed by BATFE and the local authorities there,  and build a shell!


This was something special of an invitation so it had to be something special of a product. PLUS I had to travel there totally inert, and return by air totally inert too. BUT ingredients could be ordered to be delivered at the site.


Here is the video, This is what a Brit did under a BATFE licence in the USA.



This was my first attempt at a shell! But a lot of design effort went into it. Probably 100 people from the USA were making things under the licence, some were recognised as being good builders and one UK builder made his mark.


I'm in a truckstop  on the way to LAX at the moment, so may not reply for some days.


I'll continue writing up the build with a couple of pictures from home, maybe next week. 


NO I will NOT share the invitation unless I know you well. No I will not advise you what to do. A 16" shell may be above 100gNEQ -I could barely carry that shell.


To all the ELO's watching, enjoy! It's pretty and it was all lawful in the BATFE licensed place. I have the skill to do it but the wisdom to NOT do it in the UK! I have to get through US and UK border protection yet!


#87587 Rocket tool sketcher

Posted by JamesB on 12 September 2016 - 11:29 AM

All working now, thanks again Vic,


I've got some 15mm Aluminium bar stock ordered and a design for 15mm ID stinger style rockets (I've got an abundance of 15mm tubes and always fancied trying the stinger design). I'll put some photos up as this progresses.

#86171 Looking For Any Pyro Work

Posted by icarus on 11 October 2015 - 09:45 PM

Hi kali and Luke Great to see you are still around . Displays are good but they all come at the same time of year and as i am  a lazy old git averse to anything resembling hard work I have stopped assisting at them.There is all that setting up and cleaning up to do that i dont like !!. The answer is to specialise in  small weddings parties and birthdays ,Ive even done a funeral rocket. My max display size is normally 4 to 6 fireworks, Birthdays often one cake or rocket . Cat 3 although more expensive is big enough , no storage problems on small quantities I  only have 2kg of stored fireworks for events . I normally take about  1 hr max to set up and I often get a superb meal-especially at asian weddings. I wander round afterwards handing out business cards .Clearing up takes 10 mins .Also none of the larger companies out there want this work  .Insurance per event is reasonable so no big outlay . Do pm me for more info if you want to try this where you are . I turn down and pass on the requests i receive for larger displays because as stated earlier i dont do hard work!!. Also this work occurs all year round. My next job is a wedding where the bride takes a replica machine gun and destroys a large pile of fishing tackle belonging to the groom (he is giving up fishing once married ). I must admit this one has taken a lot of pre -event set up time done at home but has been  great fun to prepare.

Another route  is local amateur dramatic societies they dont pay but are great experience .

                                                                                                                                                      Very best wishes Steve

#81915 Small star rolling machine

Posted by maxman on 10 April 2014 - 02:57 PM

I made a small star roller last year but have not tried it yet P1020902.JPG


The base is a plasma TV stand and is quite heavy giving it a sturdy platform



It is driven by an old windscreen wiper motor




I added a power switch and a variable speed control which I got from ebay and mounted it all in the little plastic box you see here and thenput a knob on the potentiometer.






AlP1020904.JPGl All the wiring is buried under the plastic of the stand and between the metal seen in a picture above




and finally a video in use with some no10 lead shot as cores. Sorry about the big pictures.


http://www.pyrobin.c...ar Roller_2.wmv Not sure how to make this embedded



#80949 Happy Christmas and New Year

Posted by phildunford on 21 December 2013 - 03:49 PM

Likewise & make your New Year's Resolution to do lots more for the UKPS - could be a pivital year...

#79404 Help please - guidance needed

Posted by Vic on 17 March 2013 - 05:15 PM

Thinking about it, this would be an ideal application for the old Jetex reloadable motor!


I used Jetex motors on cars made of balsa wood, had them tethered to a fixed line to run in a circle.

Not a lot of thrust from these motors, so light car and nice smooth surface to run on. I chose the school hall to do the test run when nobody was about, started off nice and slow but after about the third lap the speed was so great it pulled over the lab support stand and went flying in to the wall, the place was full of smoke. I was never found out!

#78375 Moving up to Cat 4. Storage, cost, etc

Posted by Pyro-centric on 15 November 2012 - 09:34 PM

Many thanks Bob, a very concise answer, very helpful..thank you again to all who have taken time to answer my question. Right when is the next roll over??

#76302 3/4 inch core burner

Posted by Vic on 28 March 2012 - 08:56 PM

1lb core burners are very good work horse for lifting a multitude of effects.

I know how you are feeling right now :)

Did you use a top plug?

#75810 Who did the London NYE fireworks?

Posted by phildunford on 03 January 2012 - 04:23 PM

I echo Richard's comments & would add that as a British manufacturer we should be giving Kimbolton all the support we can.

From what I saw on the telly, it looked a great display - will get a first hand report when my son returns from seeing it live in London...

Everyone must remember that this is a public forum, think what you like, but be sure before you say it - it's your society that could get sued out of existance!!!

#73485 blackpowder wont ignite in confined space

Posted by helix on 13 June 2011 - 10:16 PM

Proceed with caution if you are blending the whole lot in a coffee grinder - you may find that some of your bp makes its way to the innards of the grinder, ignites and ruins your day.