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January 2011 Articles (61)

Killer Serials - Les Vampires #7 - Satanas

Welcome to the Killer Serials on Dieselpunks.

Killer Serials is our segment on Dieselpunks for showcasing cliffhangers and serial thrillers from Hollywood's golden age.

Les Vampires In November 1915, the walls of Paris were plastered with street posters that depicted three masked faces with a question mark as a noose, and the questions "who, what, when, where?". The morning newspapers printed the following poem:

Of the moonless nights…

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Added by Tome Wilson on January 8, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Dieselpunk Film Posters

Here are some posters for past and future episodes of my dieselpunk pulp cliffhanger serial "constitutionens Voktere".

Thought you might enjoy them.

 

DVD cover:

http://www.dieselpunks.org/photo/dvd-cover-collectors-box-set?context=album&albumId=3366493%3AAlbum%3A57699

 

Poster for episode 3:…

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Added by J. Fjeld Jr. on January 8, 2011 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Gas

 

It is hard to imagine, on some days, that there was a time, not so long ago, when we could stop in some service station without any second thought or this vague feeling of guiltiness about pollution, global warming, oil shortage, etc...

A time when oil meant only progress and hope and faith in constantly brighter tomorrows, not war and threats of all…

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Added by Stefan on January 8, 2011 at 9:28am — 4 Comments

Knights of the Air: Yuri Gilsher

I'm sure many of you heard about Sir Douglas Bader and Alexey Maresyev - two WWII aces who continued to fly and fight after losing their legs. But they were not the first amputees to score air victories. In search of their gallant…

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Added by lord_k on January 8, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #71. Bergholt Streamline

One-off car, ignored for decades, has recently earned a somewhat inflated reputation:

"It was designed by Fred Bergholt who had a life-long interest in mechanical devices. " - writes an anonymous author @ conceptcarz.com. "Along with his brother, he made his living in aeronautics…

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Added by lord_k on January 7, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Surcouf

The French submarine Surcouf, launched in 1929, was 361 feet long, and at 3,304 tons was, at that time, the world's largest pre WW2 submarine. Two Sulze diesel engines and two electric motors were used for her propulsion, she could cover 10,000 miles at 10 knots, submerged speed was 8.5 knots, but on the surface she was capable of reaching 18 knots.



This huge submarine… Continue

Added by Lejon Astray on January 6, 2011 at 1:02pm — 4 Comments

Knights of the Air - Death from Above (Part 1)

The weapons of ground warfare quickly found their way into the air.  At first, pilots exchanged potshots - usually wildly inaccurate - with one another, using sidearms, rifles, and shotguns.  From above, an enemy they sometimes dropped grenades, and on occasion a flier trailed a long, weighted cable in the hope that it would tangle the other fellow's propeller.

For…

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Added by Tome Wilson on January 6, 2011 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

The Great Conversion

Three cruisers / aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy were probably the most Dieselpunk ships ever built, although powered by steam turbines.

Together with the M-class submarine monitors they belong to "Fisher follies", invented by Admiral John "Jacky" Fisher, the First Sea Lord. With the start of the Great War he found a way to to obtain another three fast, lightly armoured ships which…

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Added by lord_k on January 6, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Battlefield Swarm of Bees: Williams Machine Gun

The M-1 Carbine was a mainstay in American armories through World War II and into the 1950s. The .30 caliber round, not quite a pistol caliber and definitely not a rifle, provided U.S. troops a light, easy to handle and reliable magazine fed weapon. Its designer, David Williams, is considered the father of the light carbine. Elements such as the short stroke piston were…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on January 5, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Bulgarian Air Force, 1930s - 1940s

Meet Lieutenant Bubi Marmaladov, the live Mascot of one of His Majesty's Air Troops flying squadrons.

Bulgaria's role in the First Balkan War and WWI has been already covered here. Today, let us proceed further to the Interbellum and WWII.…

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Added by lord_k on January 5, 2011 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Gee Bee Pursuit Ship

Granville Gee Bee R-2 racer taken from storage and converted for interceptor work in the days after Pearl Harbor.

It was deployed in the Aleutian Islands and the Panama Canal Zone with some success against the IJN "Claude" fighters.

Added by Lejon Astray on January 5, 2011 at 4:00am — 9 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - Angry Eagle

Welcome to Two Fisted Tuesdays, Dieselpunks' weekly beat on the mean streets.

Starring Gerald Mohr and starting with the famous lines, "Get this and get it straight! Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave." The Adventures of Philip Marlowe runs about 25 minutes without commercials. You can listen to this blast from the past in MP3 format for free at the link below.…

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Added by Tome Wilson on January 4, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Towers of Utopia

Majestic domes... Heavy arches... Dozens of vertical lines making the enormous structure taller and taller...

And tall it was. Or rather, was supposed to be - the tallest building on Earth. Eternal Littorian Tower, proposed not for New York or Chicago but for Rome, the Eternal City, not so long before the plans for 40 Wall Street, Chrysler Building and Empire State…

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Added by lord_k on January 4, 2011 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Restored Mk1 Spitfire

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/world-war-2/battle-of-britain/7908245/Forgotten-Spitfire-will-fly-again-after-major-restoration.html

 

Nice piece in the Telegraph online today about the restoration project of an original Supermarine Mk1 Spitfire found in 1976!

 

Chocks away!

Added by Doc Spencer on January 3, 2011 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Mala Vida

 

Then, on one very special night, at the Stonewall...

Added by Stefan on January 3, 2011 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Fantastic Art of Frank R. Paul

The Father of Science Fiction Illustration was also a Wizard of Extra-Terrestrial Imagery.

Here is a quote from David Szondy's article: "In the late '30s, Paul had a chance to let his imagination run for a bit with a series of back-cover pieces depicting cities on other…

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Added by lord_k on January 3, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Miskatonic Monday - La Herencia Valdemar II: La Sombra Prohibida

Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays, we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror that it spawned.

AbandoMovies tipped us off to the Spanish trailer for La Herencia Valdemar II: La Sombra Prohibida (Inheritance Valdemar II: The Shadow Prohibited), José Luis Alemán's sequel to his own Spanish horror flick La herencia Valdemar.  I'm not expecting good things from this one, as the trailer looks terribad,…

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Added by Tome Wilson on January 3, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Battle Of Britain Anniversery

A poster commemorating 70th Anniversary of Britain's finest hour.

 

http://www.mercenarygraphics.com/aviation/splash_aircraft.html

 

Added by Lejon Astray on January 2, 2011 at 3:40pm — 1 Comment

Sunday Streamline #16: Union Pacific Forty-Niners

Union Pacific's Omaha Shops shrouded two locomotives in 1937.

The 7002 4-8-2 Mountain locomotive was built to pull heavy passenger trains over the Rocky Mountains, with massive 6-foot wheels driven by 4,000 horsepower.

The 2906…

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Added by lord_k on January 2, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Killer Serials - Les Vampires #6 - The Hypnotic Gaze

Welcome to the Killer Serials on Dieselpunks.

Killer Serials is our segment on Dieselpunks for showcasing cliffhangers and serial thrillers from Hollywood's golden age.

Les Vampires In November 1915, the walls of Paris were plastered with street posters that depicted three masked faces with a question mark as a noose, and the questions "who, what, when, where?". The morning newspapers printed the following poem:

Of the moonless nights…

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Added by Tome Wilson on January 1, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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