MAURICE AND STEVE'S

VIRTUAL FIREWORK MUSEUM

GALLERY THREE

wrap of head of Standard size 5 Sky Rocket early to mid 1980`s

I am indebted to John Pitfield , a postal friend of mine for many, many years for many of the photographs and material on this page. Others too many to mention - I thank you.

THE 1980's

Pains flight rockets

Standard Sky rockets, ...more still, look at the throbbing colour of these wraps.

Standard Sky rockets from little to large up to largest size 20, and a different view here. These are Standard size 4 sky rockets here.

Standard size 5 Sky rockets nestle in a box , do they not glow, look at the colour...and resplendent laid out, the boxes for these magnificent rockets were drab, seen here in a puke yellow, later to be a dirty white. Just look at the boxes,(the blue box is for small bottle rockets and a little more eye catching) sticks were packed and lost and broken separately, for the larger rockets of size 5 and over, these rocket sticks had the size of the rocket they were for branded on to them and burnt into the wood. Download a 1:1 wrap of a Standard sky rocket head. 62k, max width is 100mm. That one was the pink one, this is the yellow one, same size, or better still, download the pink head, then this pink body, and using the photos of size 5 Standard rockets..and e-mail help from me..make your own replica. Body diameter is 22mm and length is 90mm.

These two Standard sky rockets size 20 just look good enough to eat, one is a Snowflake rocket of white falling glittering stars, the other is a parachute chain of stars rocket.

Download a 1:1 wrap of a Standard chain of stars rocket: PART 1, - PART 2. this wrap came in many colours, this one is yellow and black, one was pink and white. Part 1 is 166mm wide, Part 2 is 126mm wide by 165mm high. Print these out and by referring to the photos you should be able to reconstruct your own dummy rocket. Stick sizes are printed on label. Black cone on rocket is 40mm high , rocket head is 40mm wide and 100mm long, motor is 30mm wide and 160mm long. Motor fits into base of head by being held in by bottom of head wrap as is wrapped around top of motor....probably with an inner ring of card....do it any way that works. Overall length of rocket is 305mm. Stick is held by a small tube held to motor body by wrap, this tube is 130mm long and about 12mm in diameter...mine is a little squashed. I really must calm myself down as all this handling of that rocket is a little.......too sensual for me!

Black and white copies of Standard rocket labels: size 15.... - .size 9 - .size 4 - various...

Brock`s fireworks drum, not a box, a drum,..hhmmm..let`s look inside...jummy....and now empty the goodies out..WOW!

MINES, yes, mine, not yours..look at these beauties. Standard, ...Benwell, ....Brock`s

Standard boxes from 1980`s..lets look in the box.

Standard size 20 and a look inside

Standard size 25 and a look inside

Standard size 40 and a look inside

Standard size 50 and a look inside

Aerial box and a look inside

Standard 3-2-1-zero banger box

Standard Diamond box

Now some various Standard items, Screech Battery, Double Parachute Floating Light, Devil among the Tailors, and close up, Air Bomb Battery...Standard King Size sparklers

Let`s have a look at Brock`s now.

Brock`s boxes...and a drum

Brock`s box size 2 and a look inside

Brock`s box size 3 and a look inside

Brock`s box size 4 and a look inside

Brock`s box size 5 and a look inside

Brock`s size 8 and a look inside

Brock`s rockets in bag and close up. Here we see a fine bundle of small Brock`s garden rockets and this is a Brock banger box. This is a black and white copy of a Brock`s Jupiter rocket. head wrap.

What about Astra ?...here goes....

Astra boxes and sparkler bags

Astra size A box and a look inside

Astra size B box and a look inside

Astra size F box and a look inside

Astra size T box and a look inside

Astra GIANT sparklers and Medium and a collection of three Astra Catherine Wheels

How are you today? Well Ben is well...BENWELL FIREWORKS

Benwell boxes

Inside a Benwell size 1 box

Benwell size 2 and a look inside

Benwell size 3 and a look inside

Small Benwell rockets, made by Haley and Weller who now make military pyrotechnics. I believe these to be Benwell also, but I may be wrong. Mini rockets from Benwell...or rather China...these were absolutely identical to the mini rockets from Brock`s at this time, the only difference being the bag they were sold in. Black and white copies of mini rocket bag labels....virtually identical for both Benwell and Brock.

Indeed around this time we saw the first advance expedition of the soon to come eastern invasion. ESCO was a leader in this respect. this is an Esco box of fireworks, and of course a look inside. Plastic bags held all sorts and here is a mixture of various Esco rockets; these three are also siren rockets from I believe to be Esco too. However as it turned out there were made by Benwell, that is Haley and Weller!!!! How great it would be if there were still so many manufacturers today that you`d get mixed up...no way...hozey!!

Black and white copies of Esco siren and shrieking rockets.

This card and plastic pack of Weco rockets has an artwork of a Saturn V moon rocket on it. Weco, from Germany, rockets in a assorted pack are seen here, the two on the left are devastatingly loud Shrieking and siren rockets.

A lot of folks would mix up "Esco" with "Weco"..me too! I believe the reason for this is that Esco imported and distributed Weco rockets....and of course they both end in "co!!"

NEW PHOTOS !

All these images are from the early 1980's, starting with Pain`s.

Small Pain`s flight rockets in pretty colours, and different colours, and these thunderflash rockets, although small they were very loud. A selection of Pain`s flight rockets here...look at the ones on the right...whistle on ascent, then air bomb at top....have never seen one of those...with the device tied up in a little bit of brown paper at the head of the rocket. Look at the names of these rockets..proper rocket names. Thankfully most of these are still in production, unlike most of what is on this page. Here are their labels:...1.....2...... These measure 55mm by 28mm if you want to print them out at 1:1.Pains also sold some rather tasty looking shells, almost looking edible to me, but then I am a firework fondler. Here we have chocolate, strawberry and vanilla!! Have a look...1....2.... here is a label off one..look at the deliciously oldie type feathered arrow on it.

Now on to Standard Fireworks

While on rockets, look at these beautiful Standard brutes. size 9,.....size 12...size 15..Please, please can`t someone send us one! They felt so good to touch, positively sensual. Here is the label off a size 9 and is 64mm by 46mm if you want to replicate it full size, this is a size 12 at 65mm by 50mm, lastly two size 15 labels, one Snakes and Whistles and the other Tadpoles. The size was 60mm by 44mm. These rockets are size 3 and 4. These are small "bottle" or "garden" rockets in old terminology. This wrapper is from the Standard size 4 rocket., and this one is from the smaller bottle or garden rockets.

Look at these Standard mines and this Jack in the box, download its label...sorry it is black and white..but if you have an art application you may be able to colour it in, it is 96mm high, by 45mm wide. This Jack looks almost the same and had similar effects. Some fine looking..and feeling Standard fireworks are seen in close up here: Bangers,....Jack among the Tailors,......Air Bomb battery,....Double Parachute floating Light,...Star Shell Battery,..(label here is 85mm by 80mm)...Screecher Battery,.....St. Andrews Cross set piece...and folded. This is it`s label..it is 77mm by 90mm.

Lets see some older Brock`s goodies. SILVER PALM.....MARS ROCKET.......STARBURST ROCKET......and same rocket, different wrap,....THE TOPPER....TRACER STREAMER.....TRIANGLE WHEEL.....TROPICAL STORM.....WHIRLING DERVISH....AURORA.....BANGERS......ROYAL BATTERY.....BAZOOKA.....ERUPTING VESUVIUS.....EMPIRE ROMAN CANDLE.....GOLDEN SPLENDOUR.......LASER JET ROCKET (and label)....SERPENT MINE.....MINI ROCKETS.......BOMB SHELL

Over now to Astra: BOX ART OF MINI ROCKETS (204mm long)......FIRE FOUNTAIN.....JACK IN THE BOX.....MINI ROCKET....ORIOLE ROCKET (and label)...FLEUR DE LYS set piece label in black and white(40mm wide)

Here come Benwell from Haley and Weller: WHISTLE ROCKETS.......DANCING LIGHTS........FESTIVAL SPRAY.......SUPER COMET......BANGERS.......TRIPLE AIRBOMB...and perhaps these SUPER BANG ROCKETS....sometimes different firms imported the same rockets...very confusing.

MISTER SPARKLE...from Octavius Hunt..or Esco? RED LANTERN

ESCO: ROCKET.....DIFFERENT ROCKET.......GLITTER ROCKET.....SCATTERING FLOWERS ROCKET.....VENUS ROCKET....PHANTOM-SIRENE.........

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TECHNICAL SECTION

NOTE: IT IS ILLEGAL UNDER THE EXPLOSIVES ACT OF 1875 TO TAMPER WITH OR DISMANTLE SHOP BOUGHT FIREWORKS. IT IS ALSO DANGEROUS. THE IMAGES HERE OF DISSECTED FIREWORKS COME FROM AN EXPLOSIVES PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE EMPLOYED TO TEST CONSUMER FIREWORKS IN THE UK AND ELSEWHERE TO CHECK ON THEIR COMPOSITION AND ADHERENCE TO CONSTRUCTION AND COMPOSITION CONFORMITY AS WELL AS RELIABILITY IN FUNCTION.

DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS YOURSELF...IF LIKE ME YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED, MAKE IT YOUR BUSINESS TO FIND SUCH A PERSON AND I HAVE FOUND THAT IF YOU CAN CONVINCE THEM OF YOUR BONA-FIDE INTEREST, THEY WILL HELP YOU AND PROVIDE THE DATA BE IT TECHNICAL OR ILLUSTRATIVE YOU SEEK.

FIREWORKS ARE NOT TOYS...EVEN IF THEY LOOK LIKE THEM...RESPECT FIREWORKS AND YOU WILL HAVE SAFE FUN

Flight Rocket: note stars in head and how the rocket motor resembles an Estes model rocket motor.

A Standard firework mine: top removed, packing paper removed...aids compression and you can now see stars and loose devices, fountain type fuse with devices attached to it`s base, devices and stars all laid out...gunpowder lifting charge is visible in base container at left.

A simpler Standard mine: top removed shows packing material..brown paper, fountain fuze and stars laid out.

A Standard box mine: is really an ordinary mine...in a a box!!

Double Parachute Floating Light: showing parachute unit and parachute and attached flare unit.

Standard Sky Rocket size 20, chain of stars parachute rocket: nose cone removed to show parachute, parachute and small attached flare units on length of cord. This makes the "chain" of lights.

4in Aerial Shell: showing air bomb units and muslin bag, (normally hidden by paper cover) that contains the lifting charge.

Mini rockets from China, very crude; also a very small parachute with very fine cords attached from a Chinese novelty.

Weco rocket: showing noise units, whistles, air bombs, or tadpoles.

Moog 5000 rocket: showing similar units.Of interest is the fact that the same noise units are used in totally different fireworks. This air bomb from Feistal and Benwell,(early 1990`s) having the same unit as the large rocket.

The metal item in both of these two above rockets is a motor unit....bring out the hard hats! I question this! Taking 2mm off the maximum bore of Roman Candles here in the UK...but this is ok? Not that either is dangerous when fireworks are treated with the respect they demand.

Weco Flash Bomb Rocket called a Salut-Rakete: note the noise units, much as in the other examples on this page BUT just look at that FLASH unit...what a beast!! It is about 40mm wide by 60mm long and made of plastic, the other noise units are 60mm long but only 13mm wide. I feel that these large flash units have also been used in large bore Roman Candles too. Also I feel that they must have been manufactured originally for marine rocket maroons.

UN-NAMED ROCKETS: to protect the innocent, or rather in this case the guilty. These large rockets when in their pretty shop goods wrap must have appealed to many customers..yet...looking a little deeper you can see that the large head is just a cosmetic fairing, and that the effects unit is really an awful lot smaller...NO COMMENT.

TECHNICAL DRAWINGS MADE FOR A REPORT ON FIREWORK ROCKETS IN 1983

Weco Meteor-Rakete: had a small string of 49 "mini-thunderflashes." max height 800ft, weight 32.8g, black powder 9.8g, thrust 1261g, duration 0.7sec, total burn 2.2sec. motor aluminium cased.

Weco Teufels-Rakete: has a pyrotechnic whistle 15mm by 50mm. 8g black powder, thrust 800g, duration 0.6sec, total burn time 3.95sec.weight 22.9g. max height 360ft. motor aluminium cased.

Standard size 20 sky rocket-Chain of Stars: this is only a rough sketch and shows flare canisters on cord with parachute attached.

Standard size 15 sky rocket: could reach 900ft. motor 4oz calibre, overall length 174mm, weight 127g, 60g black powder, boost thrust 5,090g, boost duration 0.9 sec, total burn time 7.05 sec, devices were "Tadpoles" or "Snakes and Whistles", or "Shrapnel"...the 15 tadpoles would burn for 3.0sec, the whistles would wheeeeeeeee...for 7.0sec. The shrapnel devices had a 2sec fuse before exploding.There were about 13-15 devices carried. cost in 1983 was 2.70

Standard size 12 sky rocket: 174mm long, 25 streamer stars,or 37 electric stars, or 28 animated stars, or 35 coloured stars....depending on the version.Weight was 254g of which 57g was stick, 4oz motor, max height 1.050ft. cost in 1983 2.16

Standard size 9 sky rocket: weight 176g, max height 900ft, noise devices in head, stick is 42in long, black powder 40g, thrust 3,830g, duration 0.9sec, total burn 6.6sec, the exhaust plume was measured at 30mm diameter and 445mm long.cost in 1983 was 1.62

Standard size 5 sky rocket: 9 large, or 6 smaller stars, max height 850ft gave a down range distance of 124m, length 117.7mm, black powder 25.1g, thrust 4,615g, duration 0.7sec, total burn 5.65sec, weight 84.3g, cost in 1983 0.90

Standard size 4 sky rocket: 4-5 large stars,weight 55-60g, length 108mm, weight 32g, black powder 18.4g, thrust 2,435g, duration 0.7sec, total burn 6.7sec, max height at 1150ft, and 157m downrange, cost in 1983 was 0.72

Standard size 3 sky rocket: weight 41g, of which stars make 9g, motor is odd size, between .5 and 1oz, possibly .75oz, length 91.65mm, black powder 10.8g, thrust 1,670g, duration 0.8sec, total burn 5.5sec, cost in 1983 was 0.54.

Brock`s Space Rocket, Moon,Space or Venus: height 950ft, weight 106g, the head alone accounting for 81.6g, length 138.6mm, plasticised propellent, not black powder, 31.8g, thrust 2,327g, duration 1.3sec, total burn 4.95g, cost in 1983 was 2.35.

Brock`s Space Rocket, Jupiter: weight 38g, max height 480ft, length 116mm, propellent (resinous/plasticised, yellowish) weighs 11g, makes lots of sparks in flight, thrust 3,294g, duration,0.8sec, total burn 2,7sec, cost was in 1983, 10 for 7.10.

Benwell Moon rocket: a size 7 Benwell rocket, 3 large stars weight 36g, height 650-1,150ft, length 125mm, black powder 17g, thrust 2,500g, duration 0.65sec, total burn 4.5sec.

Standard 0.5oz rocket: single star, max height 800ft, weight 23g, length 88.6mm, weight 14.95g, black powder 8.46g, thrust 663g, duration 0.42sec, total burn 3.6sec.

Astra Mars rocket: size K, weight 33g, max height 820ft, length 108mm, black powder 10g, thrust 1000g, duration 0.45sec, total burn 5sec, two large stars, cost 0.45.

Benwell Lunar-Meteor rocket: a passive rocket, no star payload, size 5, weighs 15.3g,the wood stick accounting for 4g of this, length 87.3mm, black powder 8g, thrust 500g, duration 0.45sec, total burn 3.8sec, cost was 0.45.

Mini rocket, Brock-Benwell: a Malaysian whistle rocket, weight 3.375g, max height about 30ft, length 53mm, propellent ?black powder? 1.83g, thrust 36g, total burn 1.8sec. cost was 8.7p each in a packet of 6.

Esco Shrieking rocket: pulsation peeks eleven at 250th sec each, giving a frequency of 2,750 hertz, this equals E-sharp, or 3 octaves above middle C, length 129mm, weight 19.5g, propellent weight ?black powder? 4.5g, thrust 155g, total burn 1.7g, this was an extremely loud whistle rocket which has a carefully contoured consumable choke. The front is streamlined by a red plastic, ribbed nose cone.

Esco Siren rocket: red plastic nose cone, motor case was yellow plastic, there is a report in the head, weight is 7.2g, max height is 150ft, length 70.5mm, propellent ?black powder? 1g, thrust 75g, total burn 2sec.

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