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February 2012 Articles (42)

Big Gun of Japan

Twenty millimeter rounds have traditionally been the ammunition fired from mounted weapons, like aircraft cannons and anti-aircraft guns. Occasionally, they can be found in semi-automatic shoulder fired weapons in the anit-tank role. Those weapons are particulalrly heavy and punishing to the firer.

Imagine a 20mm shoulder fired weapon on fully automatic.

That…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on February 29, 2012 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Leaping Into The Grooves Of The Past!

This is of course the famous Leap Day; and as everyone knows, people born on February 29th have only one birthday every four years, which is why they live four times longer than the rest of us (?!). In any case, I've stopped leaping just long enough to post the March edition of Pilsner's Picks:

http://pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/

Added by Pilsner Panther on February 29, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - Message from the Hills

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!

Since hitting the airwaves in August 1930 as part of the "Detective Story" radio show, The Shadow has become one of the most beloved heroes in pulp history.  On Two-Fisted Tuesdays, we'll follow the adventures of The Shadow as he battles a rogues gallery of crooks and villains from around the world.

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Added by Tome Wilson on February 28, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Service of Your Choice

Another set of WWII posters:

This time they come from the United States (preserved by Jackson Library, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro), and their target audience are women. Ladies eager to perform their patriotic duties with US Army WAC…

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Added by lord_k on February 28, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Miskatonic Monday - Lovecraft near the Windy City

Lights out, everybody.

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

If you're a fan of eldritch horror and live in the Chicago area, you're probably already insane. This is a good thing. DreamLogic, a live entertainment performance group, is presenting an interactive "promenade-style" perfomance of Elder Gods, a tale inspired by Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness through…

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Added by Tome Wilson on February 27, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Hemerapolis

Hello everyone!

I am new to this community that I've discovered quite recently - thanks to Stefan. I am currently working with him on a short-film that is heavily inspired and tinted of the Dieselpunk movement :…

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Added by Jean Dellac on February 26, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Sunday Streamline #55: Flying Turks

There are two trains on a photograph taken at the old Ankara depot and published in 1955: one (left) has got a distinctive postwar look, the other (right) is more rounded, surely coming from Diesel Era.

Looks are deceptive. The "postwar" train was designed and built during WWII, and its streamlined brother was introduced in early 1950s. Both were based on prewar concepts, as we…

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Added by lord_k on February 26, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

S.A.M. #35: Need for Speed

This is the story of a German aircraft design - hastily built, too small for its primary role, a failure in its new emploi... - but it was fast and had a long life, almost two decades.

The Heinkel He 70 Blitz (Lightning) was designed as a high-speed four seat passenger aircraft, and with its streamlined fuselage and elliptical wings was a forerunner…

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Added by lord_k on February 25, 2012 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Lord K's Garage #127: Front Wheel Drive

One of the most important Interbellum car designs, the Citroën Traction Avant was both innovative and trend-setting.

Making it a habit to be at the forefront of the newest technological inventions, Automobiles Citroën has always tried to be the leader in this arena. Citroën needed a totally new revolutionary model in 1933, despite all of its financial problems. The desired features…

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Added by lord_k on February 24, 2012 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Knights of the Air: The Winner

The guy at the controls was a businessman, a writer and a socialite. First and foremost, he was an aviator.

 But a WWI ace he wasn't - although his contribution to war effort cannot be overlooked.

"Owned one of the first petrol-driven cars in England; toured South Africa; established motor engineering business in Albemarle Street; became…

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Added by lord_k on February 23, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Explosive Eel

Minefields are war's lingering, deadly echoes. Decades after hostilities cease, the mines sowed by nations will remain behind, waiting to be found by men, women and children returning to the one-time battlefield. Removing the mines, sowed by the millions during the frenzy of war will never happen. But during combat, how do soldiers advance through these deadly fields of…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on February 22, 2012 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Red Dieselpunk (part 4)

Here we go again, comrades. I must apologize for the delay in the publishing of this part, and possible publishing of unprepared article.

So, Without unnecessary warm-up, I present you one of the most brutal projects I've ever seen. Space Orkz from WH40k would love one...

"The Un-tracked Tank"

August 4th, 1941

The authors came to a conclusion, that tracks were the most vulnerable part of the tanks, so they proposed a trackless…

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Added by Komissar Hass on February 22, 2012 at 2:30am — 6 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - Murders in Wax

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!

Since hitting the airwaves in August 1930 as part of the "Detective Story" radio show, The Shadow has become one of the most beloved heroes in pulp history.  On Two-Fisted Tuesdays, we'll follow the adventures of The Shadow as he battles a rogues gallery of crooks and villains from around the world.

Click on the link below to download…

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Added by Tome Wilson on February 21, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Miskatonic Monday - The Music of Erich Zann by Jard Skolnick

Lights out, everybody.

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

Filmmaker Jard Skolnick’s new short film, The Earth Rejects Him, premiered Saturday at the Tribeca Grand in NYC.  In it a young boy discovers a corpse while biking in the woods, then faces unexpected and macabre consequences when he tries to bury it.”

It was screened with his previous film, an adaptation of H.P.…

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Added by Tome Wilson on February 20, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Sunday Streamline #54: Who Cries For You, Argentina?

Where do I begin?..  Should we take a narrow gauge or a broad 'Indian' one? There are five main gauges in Argentina, you know.

At least two of these gauges - 1000mm and 1676mm (5 ft. 8 in.) once had streamliners running on them. In 1934, Buenos Aires Western Railway received one British-built diesel electric 48-seat railbus, powered by an Armstrong-Saurer 6BXD 122hp engine. The…

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Added by lord_k on February 19, 2012 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

S.A.M. #34: Farman Goliath

Want to fly over Paris? A mere hundred francs will buy you a seat onboard the Goliath, the Jazz Age flying streetcar.

The two FF.60 bomber prototypes of 1918 heralded the start of a great family of passenger airliners and night bombers which dominated European aviation for the next decade. However the design formula remained fairly constant with equal-span…

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Added by lord_k on February 18, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Movie Review: The Artist

         Change is a constant force in our lives. Technologies change. Tastes change. One minute, people appreciate your talent, the next, you're outdated, an instant anachronism. But that doesn't mean you don't have talent anymore. This is the theme of The Artist, a film by French director Michel Hazanavicius that is itself…

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Added by Clinton on February 18, 2012 at 2:30am — 6 Comments

Lord K's Garage #126: Morris Eight

In the second half of 1930s, streamline design started to conquer the lower segment of the automotive market.

This small British car can serve a good example of the streamline expansion. The streamlined Morris 8 Series E was launched in 1938 and continued production after the War until replaced by the Morris Minor Series MM in 1948. The Morris 8 Series E had a…

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Added by lord_k on February 17, 2012 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

What if Facebook was available in WWII ?

This one was sent to me by a buddy. I don't kow who made it but he/she did a brilliant job in creating it.

Thought I'd post it here since a lot of dieselpunks within the community (me included) are all about "what if..." scenarios.

Enjoy!…

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Added by Bryan D. Amage on February 16, 2012 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Knights of the Air: Mercedes Inside!

Among all WWI bomber designs, German DFW biplanes earn a special mention, thanks to their unusual powertrain.

The first was the R.I (don't forget that "R" index is for Riesenflugzeug, i.e. giant airplane). Developed as a private venture by DFW, it was a…

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Added by lord_k on February 16, 2012 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

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