laptop screwed up & I had to start over. It worked well, other than the mortars (and the new battle scars on the Chevy from the low breaks). You really can't go wrong with fireworks, the more the better. I just needed to make the show long enough not to suck with a limited # of fireworks (I really wanted all 12 channels to fire at once )
This year i was more focused on the electronic ignition part of things, but that turned out to be very easy (I thought i need high voltage, 12V worked fine, etc). The hard & tedious part was hooking multiple "shots" together. I've learned a lot about the setup & "show" part of things now, so hopefully it will get easier (& the I won't have to nickle & dime myself so much buying minor supplies) the guy i bought the stuff from is my pyro hero: he has all his good stuff on tape so i can get timing & pair stuff together. He also make's 16" (406mm in canuck ) mortars & his own rockets. I showed up during a BATFE inspection, so they gave me the tour. I have some of the stuff to make some smaller rockets & cakes, so hopefully i can run some trials with that stuff. Money is really the limiting factor. There is an opportunity to turn this into a paid hobby, but then it kinda looses the hobby status.
Advice for any other idiot out there that wants to try this: 1 Brain isn't enough channels. It much easier to have 1 channel : 1 Pyro item as fusing them together makes things complicated. At the very least, use 1 output to double up (15 x 2, using 1 to control). I may go away from the computer control altogether (although it added a lot to the wow factor), but if i were to do it again, 3+ brains & a quick connection system (the screw terminals turned into a major PITA when it was 95* while i was hooking up the e-matches).