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March 2011 Articles (57)

Pilsner's Picks... April Foolishness!

I stopped fooling around just long enough to put a new song list together:


Added by Pilsner Panther on March 31, 2011 at 11:37pm — No Comments

It Happened Here

1944. Wehrmacht soldiers marching through London, German police band playing "Horst Wessel" in Trafalgar Square...

Of all 'what if?'s, the fuel for alternate history, the most important is 'what if Germany has won the war?' Imagine the United Kingdom sharing the fate of France and other Nazi-occupied countries. More than half a century ago, two young Englishmen started to imagine. Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo were their names. It took them eight years to…


Added by lord_k on March 31, 2011 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

The Birthday of the Legendary M1911

On March 29, 1911 the John Browning-designed pistol went from contender to arguably the greatest service pistol ever fielded. One hundred years ago the Department of the Army officially adopted the .45 Automatic Colt Pistol as the M1911. The .45 ACP caliber gun would serve as the handgun of the United States armed forces until the mid-1980s.


Yet, it's…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on March 30, 2011 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Dutch Modernism: Willem Marinus Dudok

Today, a few works of an architect whose name is seldom mentioned outside his home country, the Netherlands.

Willem Marinus Dudok was born on 6 July 1884, in Amsterdam. In 1905 he began his military service with the Engineering Regiment in Utrecht as a Second Lieutenant and later served in Amsterdam supervising the fortification works. In 1913 he retired from the Army and was…


Added by lord_k on March 30, 2011 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

The Smallest Dreadnoughts

Here is a story of an unusual and unlucky battleship class that failed to revive the Great Armada glory.

Of course the term "pocket battleship" was invented to label the German Deutschland class. But two lesser sea powers can claim the copyright: one of them is Greece with its ill-fated…


Added by lord_k on March 29, 2011 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Arsene Lupin


More top hats and black capes...

Added by Stefan on March 28, 2011 at 6:02pm — 6 Comments

The Art of A.M. Cassandre

It's time to present the most influential European graphic artist of the Diesel Era, a man who created scores of iconic images.

Cassandre is Dieselpunk. Just start to explore the Interbellum, and you'll be immediately welcomed by his travel posters. Just start to search an appropriate font for your latest Dieselpunk artwork, and you'll come across his typefaces. You may never heard of Adolphe Jean Marie Mouron aka Cassandre but you certainly recognize his…


Added by lord_k on March 28, 2011 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Mandrake & The Dr Fu Manchu


Celebrating the heroes from the past...

Added by Stefan on March 27, 2011 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Sunday Streamline #25: Polish Medalist

In August 1936, Polish government commissioned an experimental class of two Pacific (4-6-2) locomotives.

The decision to build a locomotive of the future was made by Polish authorities to celebrate 20 years of independent Polish State Railways (PKP), created right after the Armistice from parts of Austro-Hungarian, Prussian, Saxonian and Russian railways, - and also to prove the domestic industry's capability to supply world-class quality products.

To prove the capacity…


Added by lord_k on March 27, 2011 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

Knights of the Air: Davis Gun

Speaking of Death from Above, we cannot ignore a recoilless gun developed by Commander Cleland Davis, USN, between 1910 and 1914.

Here I feel like invading Redfezwriter's realm but hope we won't fight about a gun. Let's open an old but still excellent book, "The Machine Gun" by…


Added by lord_k on March 26, 2011 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

SuckerPunch a Review

Hello my Grease Stained Allies,

Last night I went to the midnight viewing of SuckerPunch.  Now don't worry no spoilers here.  The visual style in which it was film was beautiful.  There were two different filming looks and both compliment the story excellently.  The acting was not outstanding, but strong and conveyed the message for the most part.  The special effects were nicely done and not completely over the top. The soundtrack and score were one of the best parts of the…


Added by Post Apocalyptic Nietzsche on March 25, 2011 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #81. Gals on Bikes

Don't you think our Garage is too serious lately? Relax:

Here are 14 photographs of beautiful ladies and their magnificent two-wheel machines, borrowed from steampunkvehicles @ tumblr. Usually I select pictures of much higher quality for this weekly column, but here quality is definitely not the reason to hide the beauty from your eyes, dear friends.

Three examples:…


Added by lord_k on March 25, 2011 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

Arming Tank Crews to Special Operations: The Stechkin

When Soviet Spetsnaz stormed the Afghan presidential palace in 1979, the weapon brought to bear on the overwhelmed defenders, the Stechkin automatic pistol.


The Stechkin curried favor in the modern age of special operations and counter-terrorism was designed in the late 1940s as a vehicle crew weapon; and for a time was mothballed before returning to the fists…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on March 23, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Palais de Chaillot, Paris

The palace was built in 1937 as a centerpiece of the Exposition Internationale (Paris World Fair).

Nearly sixty years before, the Palais du Trocadéro was built here for the 1878 World Fair. The palace's form was that of a large concert hall with two wings and two towers; its style was a mixture of exotic and historical references, generally called "Moorish" but with some Byzantine elements. The architect was Gabriel Davioud:…


Added by lord_k on March 23, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Teddy Roosevelt vs 50 Cent

Added by Tome Wilson on March 22, 2011 at 5:43pm — 7 Comments

Still Plenty of Time to Get Your Swing On!

There's still plenty of time to get your swing on for March's Expo theme!


 It's Swingtime, baby! By the time March rolls around, we've all got cabin fever here in the Northern hemisphere, and if that puts ants in yer pants, the only thing you can do is dance. Music and dance are creative expressions, yet they're mathematics and mechanics…


Added by Athenaprime on March 21, 2011 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Flat Tops and Cone Tops

No aircraft carriers and missiles today, just beer & soda cans.

If canned food is the Steam Era child, canned beverages were introduced in the Diesel Era. Technicians at the American Can Company, even before prohibition, began toying with the idea of putting beer in a can. As early as 1929, Anheuser-Busch and Pabst experimented with the canning process. Schlitz even proposed a can design that looked like a small barrel. The major problem the early researchers were…


Added by lord_k on March 21, 2011 at 7:00am — 11 Comments

Sunday Streamline #24: Manchurian Candidates

Today, the streamliners arrive from the most unexpected place: Manchuria.

A bit of history: in 1932, Japan created a puppet Manchu State, formally separating Manchuria (occupied by the Japanese forces a year before) from China. In 1934, the Great Manchu Empire was proclaimed, with Puyi of the Qing Dynasty (remember Bertolucci's The Last Emperor?) as a…


Added by lord_k on March 20, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Shangai Express


Chinese Noir, in the shadow of Marlene...

Added by Stefan on March 19, 2011 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

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