These things were AWESOME!!! Even my wife thought so and has no problems me spending some money if I find some. We have a 'DolaFloat in design stages right now for launching from the water. From what I witnessed this weekend, these particular 'dola's unpredictability is largely due to their launching platform/pin. It seems to me that if you were make your "pin" much longer (2' or so) and drill a hole completely through 'dola's frame so it will fit over the pin this would help. By being able to slide the 'dola completely over and down the guide pin we have now given the 'dola plenty of trajectory "guidance" by the time it is rotating fast enough to remain stable in it's flight path. Just a few thoughts...
I was thinking the same thing... but worried that "messing" with it would only create more problems.
I couldn't even find the base after the first one... took us almost 5 minutes to locate it. You could see a perfect black burn mark from where it had launched, but the stand was almost 3-4 feet away from that. Strange...
I tried to stomp the stand further into the ground on the second one, but that one was even more erratic.
Not sure when I'll see you again, but I'll put some aside for you if you want... just let me know.
Last edited by ddewees; April 28th, 2012 at 09:10 PM.
The "American Orbiter" is a well made girandola. The base is very sturdy. I have fired off about 2 dozen of them and never had 1 take off at an angle other then straight up. I always secure the base to a board somehow or use a piece of metal rod pushed into an adequate sized drilled hole. But I've never had one fly "outta control".
Did you see the various vids here, where the thing is taking off sideways ?
Last edited by graybeard; April 28th, 2012 at 10:50 PM.
W-T-F are you talking about Gray? I secure "Everything" i shoot to boards and E-Fire it all as many of us do when we put on shows. Not only have I shot off many American Orbiters, but I've also witnessed many others go off by others.
It's "MY" humble opinion that the AO is a good piece and not some cheesy little homemade Girandola. If you don't agree, then that's your problem. What do you want me to say, "Oh you're right Gray, The American Orbiter really does suck. No one should ever use it".
The directions for using any firework are always printed on the box and I'm sure anyone using this forum is not an "Average Seasonal Buyer".
Stop the bashing and listen to everyone else that may have a lot of experience with them. Again, they won't all fly straight...
It seems like you may have only shot off one of the versions of American Orbiters. Yes, one has a better structure/base, however that one costs more and IMO was not the one mentioned above. Perhaps a PM is all you need to send and many will be willing to show you all versions, but not when you appear "high and mighty." Lets cut the crap and focus again on the OP and other stories/vids people posted to share with others. I think this thread paints a good picture and message to many.Not only have I shot off many American Orbiters, but I've also witnessed many others go off by others. It's "MY" humble opinion that the AO is a good piece and not some cheesy little homemade Girandola.
woohoo, pyro fight!
relax boys, it's not that serious.
Last edited by coachtimmyj; April 30th, 2012 at 05:01 AM.
I did not see any around this year, and I have only shot off two, but they both went fairly straight up.
what was the one pyro predater made it had a small one in it
Who knows... I probably just made it up.