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French Flies?
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Author:  pebbles [ Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:07 am ]
Post subject:  French Flies?

Has anyone figured out how to launch a "luminary" spund? Maybe a lit sparkler in a spud? A tracer spud? I have in mind a nighttime display that would benefit from some sort of glowing, burning, or even expoding spud. Any ideas?

Author:  Kilroy [ Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: French Flies?

Cut spud to fit gun then core a hole down though the middle (lengthwise) to fit a glo stick then core though the sides to let the light shine though. Never tired it but I don't see why it wouldn't work.

Author:  pebbles [ Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: French Flies?

I like the glow stick concept - I'll experiment with it!

Author:  rangerpine [ Wed May 16, 2012 4:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: French Flies?

I have heard that you can take a glow stick and activate it in the usual manner then cut open the stick and pour the glowing fluid into a precut core in the tater prior to ramming down the barrel. Have not done this myself and it may be an urban myth of sorts but with a rifled barrel it is supposed to leave a tracer like glow behind as it spins out and away.

Author:  spuzi14 [ Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: French Flies?

Be careful. Rounds that do this kind of stuff are often illegal in the US.

But, I knew a guy ;) and he stuck some fire crackers in the back of a potato by drilling a hole in the tater. It didn't really work because the fuse wouldn't light consistently. There probably is a clever way to consistently light them but then the firecracker won't really blow a potato apart and he wasn't ballsy enough to try anything bigger than a firecracker just in case something went wrong it went off real close to the launch pad.

Author:  hamilgs [ Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: French Flies?

I suggest a bit of 4 ought (0000) steel wool, pierced with a wooden golf tee, then pushed into the base of a spud before punching the spud on the barrel knife. Any coarser that 0000 does not burn well, and the wooden golf tee is more "green" and less likely to puncture a tire or an animal foot when it ends up in a field, than say a galvanized roofing nail (which I started out using).

Note that you have to work the pointy end of the tee through the steel wool - not difficult, but takes a few seconds longer that you first expect.

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