RAP Shell Assembly Techniques

(* RAP stands for Rapid Assembly Plastic)

We have had a high degree of success using RAP Shells. Assembly times are a small fraction of what is required for Italian style construction and nicely symmetric breaks can be achieved when the proper techniques are employed. This article is a summary of successful methods used by us and reported to us by others. However, no attempt will be made to give detailed step by step instructions, nor will the information in our “Guide-lines for Assembling RAP Shells” [Copy follows.] be repeated here. While the information presented below is particularly relevant for RAP Shell assembly, much also applies to assembling other types of plastic and plastic/paper shells as well. To assist those readers who may not be familiar with RAP Shells, two figures have been included. Figure 1 shows the various RAP Shell components and how they are assembled, and Figure 2 shows a typically completed RAP Shell.

Ref: Selected Pyrotechnic Publication of K.L. and B.J Kosanke, Part 1, (1981-1989), pp 94-97

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