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First review of Spolettina Delays from the UK Fireworks Review!

Spolettina Fuse Delays

First Press review now online

 
Below is the first press review of our new professional fireworks delay fuse system. As the official UK agent for Spolettina  in the UK we are very greatful to the UKFR for carrying out a review for us and producing some fantastic pictures and videos of our fusing system in action! Here’s the article from Pyro Pete:
 
Written May 17th, 2012 by  See the full aricle and video’s here

Spolettina (or Spolett.ina to give its original Italian name) is a time delayed fuse intended to join fireworks such as shells by their quickmatch fuses and provide a reliable and accurate delay between each one. We tested out some samples from Komodo Fireworks, the authorised UK dealer.

Spolettina in detail

Users of Pyroclock will be familiar with the concept of using fuse delays. The Spolettina system at first look is slightly simpler, having just one in and one out connection. The various delay times available range from 1 to 5 seconds and are colour coded for easy recognition.

Various Spolettina delays, colour coded.
Various Spolettina delays, colour coded.

 

The principle use of timed delays is to allow one single cue on the firing system (or one external fuse) to fire a whole sequence of timed shells or other fireworks one after the other. Where accuracy or consistency is required this type of delay has many advantages to manually cutting slower fuse such as green visco or PIC for those lucky enough to still be hoarding some.

According to the Spolettina website, the internal delay fuse is the “Portugese” type and it goes on to say that it is “well known and appreciated in the fireworks industry for its accuracy and reliability.”

 

Spolettina Pyro DelaysA view down the end of a Spolettina fuse delay

 Pyroclock users will also note the lack of a vent hole. This is intentional, as Rob Sosbe, Director of Komodo Fireworks explains: “These delays do not need a vent hole to work and create sealed joints. Hot gases escape through the sheath during firing and this in turn eliminates the problem of leader whip from the firing shell breaking the chain.”

The sheath itself is waterproof and flexible even down to -55C which will please those of you lucky enough to be displaying over the wonderful British bonfire night season with every sort of bad weather it can throw at you.

The delays vary in price depending on quantity ordered and the time delay, but expect to pay in the region of 30p per delay.

Spolettina in action

Connecting quickmatch to the Spolettina delays is very simple as Rob explains: “As you can imagine we have done a considerable amount of field testing – over 12 months – on this new product to find the best techniques for fusing.

“We have found that the simplest and 100% reliable (so far) way of linking pipematch leaders is to bare approximately 5mm of blackmatch on each leader before inserting into the delay, crimping the pipematch in place with a hog ring tool and aluminium rings.

“Cable ties are equally effective although a little more time consuming and costly. The ring tool however takes literally seconds to secure the fuse into the delay.

“We have successfully managed to link up to four leaders from a single delay and the crimping tool holds everything nicely.

A hog ring tool is commonly used in fencing and is like a staple gun that crimps a metal staple around into a tight ring (these are available from Komodo along with the Spolettina).

“Our initial experiments with the delays demonstrated how simply a chain of shells can be put together and obviously as it creates a flexible chain there are no issues with casing up your finished shell chains for shipping out to site. No more lengthy plastic strings as you get with Pyroclock!” Rob added.

We conducted two tests with some Spolettina delays. It should be pointed out these are not exhaustive tests and in particular are not long term experiences over a number of shows. Our busy Fireworks Forum remains the best place for professional firers to discuss their experiences of this product going forwards.

For the first test a number of delays were given to a professional crew who kindly allowed me access to film them in action. From these set up shots you can see a total of three shells were fired using two delays (between shells 1 and 2, then between 2 and 3).

Spolettina Delays Tested
Two Spolettina delays between shells 1 and 2, and shells 2 and 3

 

No particular instruction was given to the crew on how to insert the fuse and as you can see they have all been secured with cable ties.

Spolettina delays being reviewed in the fieldSpolettina delays and the fuse held in place with cable ties

 

Both delays performed well as you can see in these photos . Note the initial shell was fired at the same time as the delay was instigated to shell 2, which makes assessing the timing difficult, but I have included a slow motion replay so you can study it in more detail.

Spolettina delays being firedThe first shell (not on a delay) fires and the first Spolettina delay linking to the second shell is ignited

 Spolletina delays firing shells The second shell has fired and the last delay has just burned through to ignite the final shell

For the second test I simply attached various lengths of quickmatch in series to simulate a chain of shells. Fusing was intentionally lax in some cases to test whether having a gap between the blackmatch and the internal delay fuse mattered. I also stripped the outer paper off some quickmatch joints where it was doubled over and inserted, but others just had a cut along the bend. All of them worked fine.

Spolettina in a controlled test with quickmatch
Five Spolettina delays connected by quickmatch for a controlled daylight test

Creating a chain is quite simple once you have some practice. You take the shell’s quickmatch leader and bend it over a little way from the end. Making a cut in the bend (or stripping off some outer paper), this bend goes in the “out” end of the previous delay. Then, the free end of quickmatch is inserted in the “in” end of the next delay. No extra lengths of quickmatch are required unless your shell leaders are short! When each delay burns through it ignites both the shell and the next delay at the same time.

As you can see in this video the delays once again worked fine. The last one is edited off this clip however because I had secured the quickmatch ends on the back of the wood – when the second to last one fired it cross-ignited the quickmatch coming out of the final delay. It’s easy to explain this here but once the clip gets posted around this fact would be lost and people would wrongly think the last delay fired right through immediately. I studied the slow motion of this clip in detail and the flash from behind the wood confirms a cross ignition from the exposed ends of the quickmatch which can be followed through to the final end of the last delay. But to avoid confusion, this part is edited out of the clip.

Conclusion and further information

Based on limited testing of samples this product shows huge potential and not surprisingly has been a popular topic of discussion in the Professional section of our Fireworks Forum.

Komodo Fireworks, the authorised UK distributor, is happy to send sample packs out if you have an interest in trying them for yourself. You can view their website here for more information about them and their contact details.

You can view more of our Spolettina photos in our Flickr gallery.

New Delay Fuse now available from Komodo Fireworks

Spolettina Delays now available direct from the UK

Komodo Fireworks are delighted to announce that we are now the authorised UK distributor of Spolettina Pyrotechnic delays. This patented firework fusing system for professional Fireworks allows the joining of  products usually fired from a mortar rack quickly and easily into a flexible product chain that is simple to rig and transport, highly reliable and a cost effective way of producing accurate delay strings for professional fireworks displays

At the heart of the new delay system is the well known and highly regarded Portugese type of time delay fuse held within a flexible plastic sheath. The range of Spolettina delays  (Between 1 and 5 seconds) is available in the following time delay increments and is colour coded to provide simple recognition:

 Below is an example of a completed Spolettina time delay string ready for firing:

The complete range of Spolettina products and tooling are available from us direct.

Contact us at: enquiries@komodofireworks.com to find out more about this exciting new product!

 

 

 

 

Diamond Jubilee Fireworks

The Countdown is on!

With only a few weeks to go untill the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations, things are hotting up at our year round Fireworks shop in Southampton and at our Professional Fireworks display bases up and down the UK. We have a big number of professional displays out over the Jubilee weekend and we can’t wait to see the end results of many hours of hard work behind the scenes in preparation for our Jubilee Firework displays.

 

 If you are looking for fireworks for your Jubilee celebrations, its not too late to make a booking or order your very own DIY pack of fabulous fireworks from our retail selection. We are offering some great deals at the moment to make your party a real cracker!

Our shop is open throughout the year, with mail order delivery available right now and facilities for online sales planned very soon. We have a huge selection of hand picked fireworks just perfect for your very own Jubilee celebrations and of course our award winning professional fireworks displays should you be planning something a little bigger!

Drop us a line at: enquiries@komodofireworks.com

Or give Steve and the team a call on 0844 2252669 to find out more     

                         Spectacular Jubilee Fireworks Displays

 

 

 

 

Wedding Fireworks In Leicestershire

Keythorpe Manor :- An exciting new Wedding venue in Leicestershire

The Komodo team are delighted to announce that we have partnered up with one of Leicestershires hottest new wedding venues, the spectacular Keythorpe Manor . Nestled in over 60 acres of rural Leicestershire, Krish and Naya are developing a truly amazing bespoke wedding venue, complete with its own permanent Marquee that boasts beautiful views across the Leicestershire countryside.

In April We will be on hand at Keythorpe for their open day on Sunday the 15th April to welcome visitors to this truly amazing wedding venue and naturally discuss those all important Wedding fireworks  Doors open at 11:00 am and we hope to see you there!

For more information on Keythorpe Manor tel: 0116 2598100 or E-mail: info@keythorpemanor.com

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Fireworks at Normanton Park Hotel

Visit us at the Normanton Park Wedding Fayre – 11th March 2012

On the 11th March the Komodo Fireworks team will be exhibiting at the Fabulous Normanton Park Hotel in Rutland. We have been providing spectacular wedding fireworks displays for the manager Stuart and his clients at Normanton for quite a few seasons now and the venue affords spectacular views over Rutland Water.

Normanton Park Hotel

Here’s a picture I took of  the Normanton Church on the shores of Rutland water last year while waiting to fire a display. It was a spectacular sunset for the happy couple and a perfect evening for some fantastic wedding fireworks!

 

 This seasons wedding fayre looks to be more popular than ever and will surely be a must visit show for couples getting married from Leicestershire and the surrounding area.

Why not pop in and see us and have a chat about your wedding fireworks with the Komodo team.

Best Western Normanton Park Hotel

Rutland Water, South Shore, Rutland LE15 8RP.

Tel: 01780-720315 Fax: 01780-721086 Email: info@normantonpark.co.uk