Spent the day dissecting the KLOB show. There were some issues and the show lacked pace through the middle stages. Some of this was down to me, and some down to technical issues.
The intro was bang on, the only thing I would do different is add another 6 to 10 metres between each of the 8 front positions and likewise with the 5 mine positions.
The finale fired bang on time to a point that the best display designers would have been proud of.
During the middle stage there was a bank of 28mm candles on the left and right positions that did not fire even though they past the continuity test. This put a heart wrenching 20 second blank spot in the show ? unfortunately there was no shell?s cued for this piece otherwise I would have got away with it. There was also another two 5 second gaps due to me allowing 7 to 10 seconds for a 10 single shot fan which I thought would fire one at a time and not all 10 at once. Only on Saturday when the stock arrived did I find out the ones that were ordered were all 10 shots fired at once? 3 seconds tops, left me with 5 seconds of nothing.
Even though we had spent a bit of extra time in the morning checking all the e-match prior to fusing, there was still issues. Only saving grace was that everything was symmetrical on the left and right of the display area and if a cake failed on the left the one on the right fired.. thank goodness otherwise there would have been more blank spots, but it did make the display appear a little thin at times.
Would I fire the same show again ?... most definitely but with a few minor alterations. I would drop a few of the 6? shells and increase the 4? and the 3? shells to keep them pumping through out the show. I would also tighten the timing up a little and make sure I had more cover on certain areas.
Was a big learning curve for me as this was the first computer fired show I have attempted, and at the end of the day a lot of valuable lessons were learnt.
To round off, all the folks From BPS that were present had a great time and it was nice to meet some of the other faces I had not had chance to meet before. Thanks to Regimental Pyro and Richard who spent most of the day digging holes in the field for the 8? and 6? mortars, Adam who did a lot of the fusing pre prep, and everyone else for all the mounting and wiring in of the firing system.
Last but not least, a special thanks To Matt from MLE for supplying some of the pyro and all the mortar tubes as well as pitching in on the day to give us a hand.
Another Special thanks to Darryl from Kimbolton for the loan of Firelite and for downloading my script into the system as well as supplying some of the pyro.
Another thanks to UK Fireworks Review for donating the 8? shells used in the finale as well as a few other bits and bobs and for chipping in on the day.
From me personally, thanks to everyone who took part and helped on the day and to those who made financial donations as well, with out you we could not have done this.
We will be back? bigger and better
Edited by The_Djinn, 26 September 2004 - 05:23 PM.