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So, it seems that burning flags are a popular thing here on
HB. Ever heedful of market demand, we at MaxCo. have
developed a range of flags made entirely of flame.
The most basic product is the French flag. It consists of a
flagpole concealing several gas lines, and a horizontal bar
sticking out from the top, to create an inverted L. The
horizontal bar carries a series of nozzles along its length,
directed upwards. A small igniter sits at the mouth of each
Using volatile metal-containing additives in the various gas
streams, the FFMEOF creates vertical jets of flame in red,
white and blue that resemble closely, look a bit like, or are
vaguely reminiscent of (depending on how close you are) the
The Union Jack version (henceforth known as the UJMEOF) is
somewhat trickier piece of engineering, requiring as it does
complex series of red, white and blue flames that emerge
from a central hub and radiate outwards to achieve the
Sadly, development of the USFMEOF is proving technically
challenging. And plans for a WFMEOF have been put on
[doctorremulac3, Jan 16 2019]
American flag [xenzag, Jan 16 2019]
3d fireworks "sculptures"
[doctorremulac3, Jan 16 2019]
[bs0u0155, Jan 16 2019]
||However it's done flaming flags should be a thing.
||Explody flags are already popular. (link)
||You may like John Gerrard's artwork - link. (his
sister Joy Gerrard is also a very good artist -
||Hmm. The John Gerrard video looks like it's been
manipulated - the smoke is dense up to a point, then it just
sort of vanishes.
||Time to do it with my "sculptured fireworks idea" where
everything is shooting out attached to a pre-measured
tether that triggers the explosion when it's at the end of the
||That's the one where you can actually get 3d fireworks
||//The John Gerrard video looks like it's been
manipulated// The entire image is virtual. It's a
stunning work, acheived in ultra high resolution
like all of his pieces. You should look him up if you
want to know more.
||//somewhat trickier piece of engineering//
[MaxwellBuchanan], I thought you would be cleverer than
You simply need a set of high-speed additive dosing units at
each flame, to change the colour as it goes up. Spatial
resolution will be approximate, but you should be able to
get it good enough for most flags (some annoying places
have extremely detailed flags, so, sucks for them...).
||I've spotted a mistake within the idea. The FFMEOF seems
overcomplicated. I feel the international community
would more readily associate France with full-width
titanium/magnesium, perhaps with a vague sodium streak
||For the UJMEOF* getting the shades exactly right might
be tricky but within our grasp, I think.
||The various colors produced by burning metals show that
reds whites and blues are all possible. Sadly, I often see
red Lithium/Strontium burning in blueish butane flames
which gives a purpley hue, obviously unacceptable.
Alcohol would seem the solution since it burns almost
invisibly. Within that is an opportunity, the alcohol in
question could be a mix of fine English gins, outstanding
Scotch and Norn Iron whiskeys and something Welsh**.
This should be mandatory at all flag displays so that
winning a medal in the 2112 Nanjing Olympics forces the
hosts to shell out on expensively acquired*** imported
||To catch counterfeiters, careful spectral analysis of the
UJMEOF should be routinely performed. Attention
should be paid to both the visible and invisible light
spectra, in fact, a further opportunity exists, you could
encode the UJMEOF in infrared by tweaking the C/H
ratios and flame temperatures.
||Once you have your UJMEOF encoded in the invisible
region of the EM spectrum, you can omit the visible. This
might be useful for military purposes where thermal
imaging makes traditional flags tough to discern. The
FFMEOF would likely not require such features since
invisibility is its defining characteristic within the combat
||I was happy to see that the Union Jack constitutes a
whole CATEGORY of flag types [link].
* A nickname of course, more correctly it's the UFMEOF.
** leek and daffodil liquor? Distilled sheep pressings?
Whatever represents the best alcohol/price ratio?
*** Supply/demand might lead to price surges
during/between Olympic years.
||//The FFMEOF ...full-width titanium/magnesium, perhaps
with a vague sodium streak running through.//
||I was sort of counting on [8th] to make that particular
||//I thought you would be cleverer than that// That's odd - I
thought I'd be cleverer too. Funny old world.
||Flame throwers should be incorporated somehow.