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#91 iggy

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Posted 12 November 2005 - 11:41 PM

Date 4th november
location sevenoaks kent
budget ?2500
dsiplay operators 4


we arived at about 9.30 am to be greeted by a little hitler groundsman that had decided we could not take the landrovers onto the set up site as aparently the ground was damp :unsure: well after some taking and showing him the size of our kit :blush: he relented and we pooteld off to our fireing positions. we were fireing the main part of the display from behind a 9 ft hedge this was about 200 meters from the crowed the smaller bits set peices and wheels/waterfalls etc were on the other side.
by 11 all the racks were nailed into the ground and made secure.
then came the task of setting up the candle frames stakeing them in and wireing them up to the remote control fieing units. once they were in place water proofing of the candles got underway same with the cakes stakeing and ematching and water proofing.
the weather was relitively kind on this day nice 10mph wind away from the crowd few showers and dam cold!!

by now it was getting on for 1 pm and shells time. a quick brew and then it was shells time, we were fireing a selection of sunny, icon, an ping, lidu and soverign brand shells we each took a shell size i landed the bread and butter 4" shells so took my fireing plan and off i went reams of iggy cord red wazzag,delyas and quick match later and they were done.the lads were also in full fuzeing flow so i went and dug the trenches for the big tubes. now it was getting towards last light and the fireing time had been changed by the event organizers they wanted to fire at 6.30 :huh:. by 5 pm all shells were in the respective tubes and 90% were wired up.
3 of us went on foil tape duty to make sure of no prematur ejaculations during the show :o . continuity on all the chanels checked out so at 6 we got a quick tidy up in and final checks in.

6.30 came round and we doned our fireing hats and turned the little remotes on, portfires lit and boom of we go we can hear the crowd ooooing and ahhhing and the ocasional scream of kids as we send shell after shell up lots of mines as well.
after 18 mins the build up to the finale starts where we are the ground shakes nicely as the big guns start kicking in finale was 30x 4" 18x 5" 10 x6" then 5x 5" gold to blue crackle mines followed by 10 maroons 4 5" gold willow + gold tails then boom 6x 6" gold brocade to red 2x 8" gold crysanthemum to red palms core + 1 x 10 " gold brocade.

the noise from the crowd is amazing and the feeling of a good days work comes over us a quick check on the fireing site and all looks good so we head off for a bite to eat while we leave the area to cool down and have a chat with the clients.

then the clear up starts and it dons on you that all that foil tape is shredded all the bits from cakes candels etc shell cases man what a mess.

1 am we have the trucks loaded the ground has been swept for any live units and as much debry as possible is cleaned up.
we arrive back at base at 2.40 am straight in shower then bed and up at 6ish for the next days precedings 3 more days like this prety much follow

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the life of a pyrotechnition is a hard but rewarding path.
we make pictures in the sky amaze adults and childern alike and ocasionaly ourselfs.
we learn on a daily basis and if a day goes by that we dont learn something on the job then it is a day wasted.

Edited by iggy, 12 November 2005 - 11:53 PM.


#92 The_Djinn

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Posted 02 December 2005 - 09:38 PM

St Ives
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Sunday 4th December 2005
11am -6pm Dickensian Market

Fireworks display to end of the day by.. umm.. what they called again...
oh yeh !.. Kimbolton

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#93 karlfoxman

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Posted 02 December 2005 - 09:44 PM

St Ives
Cambridgeshire
Sunday 4th December 2005
11am -6pm Dickensian Market

Fireworks display to end of the day by.. umm.. what they called again...
oh yeh !.. Kimbolton

See ya there :)


Hmm yeah might have to pop down, its a few miles away in my old home town. Hope to see ya there Mark

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Posted 02 December 2005 - 11:05 PM

you lads have my number so if you do pop down give me a call.

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 09:35 PM

Nice to run into the Wazi and Karl again,
Unfortunately there was not much of a show as they stopped firing about 14 shells and one cake into the show due to the amount of debri heading in the crowds direction... good call by the crew and safety first as always.

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 10:08 PM

Nice to run into the Wazi and Karl again,
Unfortunately there was not much of a show as they stopped firing about 14 shells and one cake into the show due to the amount of debri heading in the crowds direction... good call by the crew and safety first as always.

Mark


Top shout to the crew, the shells and the cake were fantastic I loved the purple peony with silver palm core, it was the last one to be lofted. Was nice to see you again Mark and i hope the helter skelter was not too high :D

It was nice to see an old steam powered merry-go-round there, dont see them much.

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 05:32 PM

Shame to see no one has been doing and show listings recently (myself included).

Anyway, special thanks to BigG as well as karlfoxman and chemicalwazi for crewing for me on Saturday. Nice work lads and hope you enjoyed it. I expect you will be doing a few more in the not so distant future.

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 08:40 PM

Was a pleasure Mark, was great experience and cant wait till the next one. Well it will be Shugborough soon and Plymouth!

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Posted 10 August 2006 - 10:45 PM

I took a load of pics at Stanford Hall last Saturday. Check them out at:

http://flickr.com/ph...57594226856515/

We had a really good show and the new sequencers worked a dream. Next stop is Plymouth next week! Should be an awesome couple of days. Shall be taking lots of photos of the displays and our rig I should imagine...

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 07:05 AM

Those sequencers do look very tidy indeed! Good pictures Richard, is that with your nice shiny new Camera?? Shame we couldnt make it as from the pictures it looked a great show! Plymouth sounds like it will be a good show, will try to make it if possible!

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 05:32 PM

Just mentioned trying to get to Plymouth to my brother... his immediate response was 'I doubt they would let you enter!'.

But OMG, what a great idea. An amateur entry section at Plymouth, safety regulated by the BPS... Perhaps this could be a society aim for a few years time (given a friendly insurer on side...) :)

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Posted 14 August 2006 - 05:39 AM

Damn, that's some nice pictures there Richard! Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 05:09 PM

Hey just wondering what displays ppl are helping with or going to on Nov 4th/5th. I will be helping to fire a display for one of the bonfire societys down in Lewes on the 4th :D shud be fun!




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