Category Archives: Pyrotechnics

Paper Tube Rolling Machine

An important item to build black powder rocket motors is strong parallel rolled paper tubes. Paper tubes have an number of advantages for rocket motors. They are inexpensive especially if you make them yourself. They are biodegradable and if the … Continue reading

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Making Magnalium

One thing that I like to do is make things from scratch. Particularly things that not everyone makes or can make. Magnalium is a 50 50 alloy of aluminum and magnesium that is used primarily in pyrotechnics. It is quite … Continue reading

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KaBoom II

This year at the Memorial day weekend pyro get together we had a class on making 5 inch spherical shells. In my KaBoom post last year I described making canister shells which are cylindrical rather than spherical. Each of the … Continue reading

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KaBoom

One of the advantages of being a member of a pyrotechnic organization is that you get to legally make things that go boom. At a recent meeting I attended a class on making 4 inch canister shells. Each person in … Continue reading

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Whoosh

A while back I joined the local pyrotechnic organization. The meetings have been quite interesting. The speaker at one meeting operates a company that makes custom rocket motors, mostly for the military. His talk was on the design of composite … Continue reading

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