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Matchbox Salute

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Hi

Last time a bought a couple of matches to light my devices.

I collected a empty matchbox and I thought of making a very good salute with it.

Anyway, they are very good for massproduction, require minimal equipment and are fun to make.

You are going to need:

A match box
Tape
Fuse
KClO4/Al flashpowder
Rope
Nail
Sodiumsilicate

1:

Get a match box, poke a hole in the cover of the box open it and fill flashpowder in it ( 10g fits in them usualy).
If you use a chlorate based flash powder, it is VERY important to cover the strike ends totally with tape.
stick a match into the hole.
Then start covering the box with rope.
Do it very slowly to get a even confinement.
Then add the fuse.
Then dip it in sodiumsilicate, let it dry, then do the same process again for 2-3 times.

The result will be a very good looking salute, it is very loud and very fast to make.
For one salute you need 3-5 minutes, not more, but the drying time of the sodiumsilicate is
annoying.

Place on ground, light it, then step well back.


I hope you all like my tutorial,

Pyrostar

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Hi


Tubes are also good but matchboxes can carry a bigger amount of flash, because I can´t roll big tubes
my self.

Also, they are very good looking :rolleyes:
Much like a cubic firecracker but you dont need to make a cube yourself, that saves time, thats important if you are in hurry ( 31th decembre is new years eve here)



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I saw the same device on the website of Chaz, an APC forum member.

Poke a hole in hole in the cover of the box. Fill it ¾ with BP, glue the sides and the front en back. Add fuse. A little drop of glue around the fuse. And add one layer of tape

I used rope once for a cubic salute. It was a german design. It was called a Korderboller, it contained for almost 40 gram of flash powder.

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Hi


These german cubic firecracker contain roughly 6g of stretched crappy meal powder,
KClO4/Al is forbidden in crackers, but you can get birdbangers illegal in weaponshops
in germany.
These cubic salutes are very expensive and produce a bang from just 75 decibel, whereas a birdbanger reaches 130 decibel in a distance of 8 metres.

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Kees you are right.. but there are also perchlorate-based crackers, so it ain't fully forbidden.
If I would make the rules, I should forbid the chlorate-based ones (because of the reaction with the acid of sulfur), makes more sense to me.. :rolleyes: what do you think ?

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Why should you, it works perfectly allright as long as you don't induce it with to much friction as would never happen inside a shell. Shock resistance is okay on the other hand. They're solde for years and years and you never hear of vlinders and other chlorate based fireworks that explode without reason.

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