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February 2013 Articles (24)

Japan's Three Barreled Flare Gun

The Japanese Nambu Type 90 flare gun is one odd looking pistol. Weighing in at almost four pounds, the Nambu flare gun was designed for the Japanese Imperial Navy. Called the Type 90 (for the Japanese calendar year it was created) it was a 28mm flare gun.…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on February 27, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Awesome Wonder Woman fan made trailer.

Normally I'm not a big fan of fan made trailers but this is one of the most impressive one's I've ever seen.

Added by Scott on February 27, 2013 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #65: A Crooked Road in Appalachia

Hop on into the rumble seat of my Model-T, folks...we're headin' up a Crooked Road and into the mountains!

Yes, folks, the Cabaret is taking the road less travelled in search of an Old Tyme sound that's making a new appearance, and to get there it will be a long and dusty drive through the twisting back…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on February 23, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

S.A.M. #78: Liner, Trainer, Fighter, Carrier

Overshadowed by more famous and spectacular German aircraft, the Siebel Si 204 boasted a distinctive Dieselpunk appearance and played at least four different roles.

Aero C-3a

Used in substantial numbers by the Luftwaffe as a light communications aircraft and crew trainer, the Siebel Si 204 was essentially a scaled-up …

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Added by lord_k on February 23, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #172: The Alfetta

New times, new rules, smaller engines...

1938 Alfa-Romeo Tipo 158 Alfetta

Sport in general and motorsport in particular was a popular method of displaying a country's abilities without taking up the arms*. With the rise of nationalistic governments in the 1930s, the desire to prove the country's worth on the track also increased. Especially in Germany and Italy…

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Added by lord_k on February 22, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - Death in the Deep

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.

Never heard of The Shadow before?…

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Added by Tome Wilson on February 19, 2013 at 11:57am — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #64: Shuffle Along Broadway!

Broadway, New York City!  The Mecca of Musical Theater!  Shuffle Along with Tony, folks, and see what the fuss is about!

Yes, sir, it's another episode of the Record Cabaret and we're having a swell time…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on February 16, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

S.A.M. #77: Wings of Passion (II)

A glorious pair of Lockheed monoplanes is ready to deliver your Saturday Air Mail.

Lockheed Sirius

Both were a development of Northrop-designed Lockheed Vega. Developed originally to meet a requirement of Charles Lindbergh for a low-wing monoplane of high…

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Added by lord_k on February 16, 2013 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #171: Dutch Dreamcars

A little-known family of streamliners from the Netherlands - Gatford/Gatso.

1948 Gatso Roadster (Holland)

The forerunner of the postwar Gatford and Gatso sports cars was built in 1938 and called Kwik (Mercury). Two-seater, with luxurious red…

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Added by lord_k on February 15, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

One Big Gas Gun

The Manville is one heck of an angry looking gun. If you've seen the Christopher Walken classic, Dogs of War, you've seen this gun's cousin. But in the 1930s a machinist had an idea for a large capacity gas gun for use by police during riots.

The Manville essentially is a large revolver, that…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on February 13, 2013 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - Unto Death Do Us Part

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.

Never heard of The Shadow before?…

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Added by Tome Wilson on February 12, 2013 at 9:35am — No Comments

The 2013 Modernist Revival - part 2

"The 39 Steps" is currently enjoying a revival in London's West End - although I'm a bit alarmed that it's being described as a "family-comedy".…

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Added by John Paul Catton on February 11, 2013 at 1:23am — 5 Comments

Mr. Push-Button, R.I.P.

I usually don't post anything on Dieselpunks besides my monthly vintage music link, but this man, starting in the 1940's, molded much of what we think of as the modern world— and he was so shy (maybe even reclusive) that I'd never even heard of him before, even though I had an uncle who worked at Bell Labs during the same era. …



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Added by Pilsner Panther on February 10, 2013 at 3:35am — 1 Comment

Cap'n's Cabaret #63: All That Jass!

Yet another American musical innovation?  Bully!  It's Jass Music, the newest sound to emerge from the south!

Welcome again, my friendly (and growing) listenership!  Today the Record Cabaret visits the Jewel of the Delta, New Orleans, Louisiana, where a whole new sound is emerging, the sound of Jass.  My friends in Chicago may have heard this new sound from the…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on February 9, 2013 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Cars built for advertising

A comment on an earlier thread that I posted inspired me to do some internet digging for advertising cars. What I found was quite interesting. Some forms, such as bottles are easily adapted to automotive form, others need a little persuading.


Here's an English fruit vendors truck with apple shaped cab. Ford model AA (truck) chassis.…

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Added by Pico Elgin on February 9, 2013 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

S.A.M. #76: High Speed Bomber

An outstanding mid-30s flying machine which became obsolete by the start of WWII

The two ANT-40 light bomber prototypes of Andrei N. Tupolev's design bureau, designed and developed by a team led by A. A. Arkhangelski, were years ahead of their time when they first flew in October 1934: the…

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Added by lord_k on February 9, 2013 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Lord K's Garage #170: Silver Fish, Part 3

It's been a long time since we had an Auto Union racer in our garage. Today, Silver Fish are here again!

1936 Auto Union Typ C - Hans Stuck

Mercedes-Benz domination in Grand Prix ended with the Auto Union Typ C. It took a few years to get it right, but Ferdinand Porsche's daring design with a mid-mounted V16 finally won. It claimed many victories…

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Added by lord_k on February 8, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Tandem Fed Vesely Machine Carbine

When a Czech immigrant arrived in Great Britain his claim to fame would not be a successful entry to the firearms canon, but rather an intriguing footnote that showed ingenuity could be matched with reliability. 

The never ending search for larger capacity firearms, whether they were pistols or rifles, drove…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on February 6, 2013 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - Legend of the Living Swamp

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.

Never heard of The Shadow before?…

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Added by Tome Wilson on February 5, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Miskatonic Monday - Cthulhu: A Puppet Play at The Ornery Theatre

Lights out, everybody.

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


The Ornery Theatre in Houston, TX will present an original work, Cthulhu: A Puppet Play, at 14 Pews from February 14-18th. Borrowing from Lovecraft's themes and characters, Cthulhu: A Puppet Play uses puppets, film, and an original score to capture the feeling of impending doom intrinsic…

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Added by Tome Wilson on February 4, 2013 at 12:07pm — 1 Comment

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