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February 2012 Articles (42)

The First: Fedorov's Assault Rifle

Claims of the first "assault rifle" are many, but most consider the German Stg-44 the first modern select-fire infantry weapon. However, a few decades before World War II a Russian weapons designer Vladamir Fedorov successfully created a weapon that vies for the title of first, if not as refined.

The Avtomat was a mix of modern assault rifle attributes, lingering 19th…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on February 15, 2012 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Neubaufahrzeug PzKpfw VI

This is a another in my series of Tank portraits.



PzKpfw NbFz V and VI’s designs were very similar to the British Vickers "Independent" tank, Soviet T-35, French Char-2C and proved to be too complex to produce. Only two prototypes were built by Rheinmetall in 1934. In Spring of 1939, Krupp’s PzKpfw NbFz VI was shown at the International Automobile Exposition in…

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Added by Lejon Astray on February 15, 2012 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

The Art of Jean Carlu

In 1924, a young artist was commissioned a label for Château Mouton Rothschild wine:

Baron Philippe de Rothschild, an extravagant Jazz Age playboy, thought not only of car races, beautiful actresses and night clubs. Exactly like the more conservative members of the family he was very keen on promoting his "discriminated" (i.e. exluded from Grand Cru status) Mouton;…

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Added by lord_k on February 15, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Dear Valentine, bring my sweetie home

Added by Tome Wilson on February 14, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - Aboard the Steamship Amazon

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 14, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Happy Valentines from the Dirty Thirties

Added by Tome Wilson on February 14, 2012 at 11:29am — 1 Comment

China Noir

A couple of illustrations for covers of a novel in two parts. The action is set in Shangaï... the most Dieselpunk China town, like Lord K.…

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Added by Stefan on February 13, 2012 at 1:17pm — 4 Comments

Red Dieselpunk (part 3)

...and we procede.

First, a small "editorial": I want to underline my attitude towards the projects I present to the honourable public. So, few moments:

1) Most of these projects come from inexperienced people, without necessary design and construction skills, driven by enthusiasm.

2) The basis for this fruitful process is common for most countries of the period, and that is the rapid increase of educated people and their strong belief in the powers of state-of-the-art…

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Added by Komissar Hass on February 13, 2012 at 5:00am — 6 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #20: Chicago Drum Machine!

The Beat is alive in Chi-Town tonight, 'cause ol' Benny Goodman has come callin'!  But while there's no denying this King of Swing, the folks are here to see the Local Boy, drum legend Gene Krupa!

Chicago is a city of legend.  Cow Town turned Speakeasy Heaven and Mobster Hell.  Just now escaping from the shadow of years of crime-ridden violence and quickly…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on February 12, 2012 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Sunday Streamline #53: 20th Century Victorians

One of the most stylish steam locomotive designs comes from Australia. It is the Victorian Railways S class:

The S class was the final design of the VR Chief Mechanical Engineer Alfred E Smith. Being VR's first three cylinder locomotive, it was influenced by Nigel Gresley's GNR A1 class 4-6-2 with its Gresley conjugated valve gear. The S class also showed…

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Added by lord_k on February 12, 2012 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #33: Monster Multiplanes

Don't be afraid of this beast. The Saturday Air Mail will do you no harm!

Remember the WWI Caproni bombers? They looked weird with their puller-pusher twin-boom layout but their inflight stability was exceptional and performance was great at all altitudes, allowing for…

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Added by lord_k on February 11, 2012 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #125: The Greyhounds of Progress

An advertisement brought to us by Paul Malon (who else?) on his Flickr photostream:

From the Greyhound official history: "1933. Greyhound is selected as the official transportation carrier at the 1933…

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Added by lord_k on February 10, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Knights of the Air: The Unlucky Schmitt

In wartime, even of the most brilliant technical innovation can lead to a failure.

This is exactly what happened to a talented French engineer, his story told by Gary Warne (Warnepieces blog):

Variable Incidence, the mechanical…

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Added by lord_k on February 9, 2012 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Up a Sleeve: The One Shot MKII

The world of cloak and dagger has always captured the imagination. Suppressed pistols, garrotes, ice picks and Black Jacks, all the tools of silent warfare. Whether its removing a sentry or assasination, being quiet often means surviving to fight another day.

One quiet kill weapon of World War II was the Sleeve gun. Essentially a one shot weapon, the flashlight looking…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on February 8, 2012 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Cigarette Paper and Revolution

These fine examples of Hungarian poster art were quietly waiting for several weeks before being presented on Dieselpunks.

The reason is simple: in our community, pictures should tell a story. And Modiano posters printed in Hungary in 1932-1933 can tell a lot if someone cares to ask - or to research. Often erroneously attributed as "Italian", the posters promoted an…

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Added by lord_k on February 8, 2012 at 6:30am — 11 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - The White God

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 7, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Red Dieselpunk (part 2)

First part of our journey through extreme armoured warmachines projects by soviet citizens was a success, as I see it, so we continue our path through the marvels gathered by Yuri Pasholok in the depths of Defence Ministry Central Archives.

Brutal Zorbing

November 27th,1942 

This one rolled-in from the Kanash town. The basic ideas are:

A big sphere made of thick armour, with a…

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Added by Komissar Hass on February 6, 2012 at 3:30am — 6 Comments

Sunday Streamline #52: The Royal Pacific

During their visit to France in 1938, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth proceeded from Calais to Paris in Pullman car hauled by a streamline locomotive:

The loco chosen for the Royal train was the SNCF 231C78, the one and only C-class Super Pacific fitted with streamline shrouding. Initially designated Nord 3.1280, it belonged to the third batch of the 231C…

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Added by lord_k on February 5, 2012 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #32: Diesel Era Jumbo

September 27, 1929. The day when an an aircraft well ahead of its time made its maiden flight.

"The Fokker F-32 was truly the "Jumbo" of the 1930s era. " - wrote Ed Coates, a celebrated collector of aircraft images & data. -…

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Added by lord_k on February 4, 2012 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage #124: Another Hanomag

This small streamline sedan was built by Hannoversche Maschinenbau AG.

This German company was producing passenger cars (including the famous rear-engine Kommissbrot) as early as the 1920s but they struggled financially through that decade. In 1931, Hanomag had 25% of the small-car market in Germany,…

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Added by lord_k on February 3, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

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