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March 2011 Articles (57)

Knights of the Air: Flight over Vienna

The Flight over Vienna was an epic action performed by Italian poet and nationalist Gabriele D'Annunzio on 9 August 1918.

He was planning it as early as in 1917, but his dream to fly over the enemy capital together with his friends Maurizio Pagliano and Luigi Gori (see Poetic Bombers) shattered when their Ca.3 bomber was shot by Benno Fiala von Fernbrugg on…


Added by lord_k on March 19, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Dieselpunk game; Little Wheel

Hope you have all seen this little gem;


Added by J. Fjeld Jr. on March 18, 2011 at 3:02pm — 1 Comment

Looking for a sponsor for our new iPhone app

Hi everyone,

While on hiatus, I've started developing an iPhone/iPad app for Dieselpunks.  It's been a hot request, and despite the fact that I'm an Android kind of guy, I understand that you want a better mobile solution for accessing all of the great content we post everyday on Dieselpunks.

I'm willing to offer this app for…


Added by Tome Wilson on March 18, 2011 at 12:00pm — 22 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #80. Duesenberg J Graber Cabriolet

Mighty Duesy chassis happily married to streamline Swiss body:

Duesenberg J doesn't need a lengthy presentation. This car, powered by a 419.6 cu in (6.876 liter) straight-eight, is the Diesel Era icon. And what about the Graber Cabriolet? Wouter Melissen…


Added by lord_k on March 18, 2011 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Tanks are mighty fine things!

A re-visiting of an older piece I did.

Inspired by a Spanish Civil War poster, and the industrial beauty of Soviet Tank Design, a stylized T-35 is the theme of this poster!

The Tank is roomier sir!



Added by Lejon Astray on March 17, 2011 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Transatlantic Diesels

Today, a pair of Transatlantic liners, the first diesel-powered passenger ships of respectable displacement (27,000 grt) and the last built for the famous White Star Line.

When the Cunard Line and the French Line started off with their projects of building the Queen Mary and the Normandie, the White Star Line too wanted to compete. They presented plans of a ship with a thousand feet in length, and a speed to rival the ship’s two competitors. The ship was…


Added by lord_k on March 17, 2011 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

The Gun That Inspired Uzi

By the 1980s the word Uzi became synonymous with bullet spewing death. The gangster connotation attached the Uzi submachine gun, was also the chosen weapon of the Israeli Defense Force, as well as dozens of countries, elite miliary and police agencies. The compact weapon went through three generations, each smaller than the last, before recently ending its run. The Uzi…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on March 16, 2011 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

1923 Great Kantō Earthquake

Disaster. No matter when and where, it always looks the same.

Watching news from Japan I can't help thinking about the great 1923 earthquake that destroyed Tokyo and Yokohama, killing 105 thousand (official data, 2005). About 40 thousand Japanese and foreigners were proclaimed missing, their remnants never found. Hundreds were killed in ethnic clashes that began in the aftermath of the quake, sparked by wild rumors.…


Added by lord_k on March 16, 2011 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

Italian Magazine Covers

Early 1930s, before the Abyssinian War. Magazines are packed with ads.

Of course, we've seen some spectacular examples of Italian advertising. But this set, brought to us by vespavbb1963 @ Flickr, is something…


Added by lord_k on March 15, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Happy Birthday, Lawrence Tierney!

The one and only, definitive screen John Dillinger:


Accept no substitutes.

Added by Pilsner Panther on March 15, 2011 at 6:08am — 1 Comment

The Bad Boys of Swing: An interview with Lee Presson

The following interview is what I intend to be the first in a series. As a swing artist myself, I thought it would be fun to interview some of the popular swing musicians that punk the genre in their own special way - the “Bad Boys of Swing.”

Modern swing artists have different ways of "punking" the basic sound of swing and making it their very own, blending it with everything from jump blues to ska to rockabilly. And then there's Lee Presson and the Nails.…


Added by Jonny B. Goode on March 15, 2011 at 2:36am — 2 Comments



Maybe Mister Pilsner Panther (or somebody else) will come up with some nice caption in the Noir style for this one, too... ?

Added by Stefan on March 14, 2011 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Sunday Streamline #23: Henschel-Wegmann Train

Today, a steam competitor of diesel streamliners:

The Henschel-Wegmann Train was a unique passenger express train operated by the Deutsche Reichsbahn in Germany, which ran non-stop express services between Berlin and Dresden from June 1936 to August 1939. Both the DRG Class 61 steam locomotive at its head as well as the coaches were streamlined.

At the beginning of the 1930s, the Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft was increasingly striving to…


Added by lord_k on March 13, 2011 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Knights of the Air: Sopwith Triplane

Today, the first operational triplane fighter of the Great War:

Less famous than German Fokker Dr.I (the last mount of Manfred 'Red Baron' von Richthofen), the Sopwith Triplane was used in combat by the Royal Naval Air Service. The stack of three wings reduced wingspan and increased wing area making it handle and climb better than biplanes. Visibility from the cockpit was outstanding but it was slower and less heavily armed than it's German opponents.…


Added by lord_k on March 12, 2011 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Gangsters

Greetings from the Athena Expo! The Hall of Gangsters is now open for your viewing pleasure. We've got some lovely art pieces for your enjoyment, and you can browse with the assurance that no actual gangsters were harmed in the making of this exhibit.


Come see our community talent here. The only coin we take is the coin of feedback, so be generous! :)

Added by Athenaprime on March 11, 2011 at 11:43am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #79. Impéria Strikes Back

Today, a brand-new car, techlogically advanced, environment-friendly - and heavily influenced by the Diesel Era aesthetics.

It's called Impéria GP, reviving a well-respected name (see below). The concept, announced in 2008, was finally presented in Bruxelles last February. The exterior styling of the car is based on classic British sports cars, similar to what Wiesmann and Morgan are doing; under the classic shell is all-new state of the art…


Added by lord_k on March 11, 2011 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

Today Is Bix's Birthday

Someone had to remind me, which proves that I'm getting old. Anyway—




Added by Pilsner Panther on March 10, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

California Dreamin'


... on such a Winter's day !

A little sunlight, fresh air and color is welcome, after all this latest noir, isn'it ?


Added by Stefan on March 10, 2011 at 9:57am — 3 Comments

Great Lakes Aircraft Carriers

1943. Two flattop paddlewheelers are steaming across Lake Michigan...

... Isn't it the perfect steampunk fantasy? Probably it is. But they were real. USS Wolverine and Sable, converted from excursion paddle wheel steamships (one of them with coal-firing boilers!), served on the Great Lakes during WWII. Here is their story, told by…


Added by lord_k on March 10, 2011 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Carl Gustav's Never Ending Battlefield Reign

Stand clear of the backblast area! A shout heard by many soldiers, in many services over the past 60 plus years. The command, commonly made when a man-portable anti-tank weapon is brought to bare, is still being uttered by soldiers who wield the latest generation of the Carl Gustav recoilless rifle.


In 1946 Swedish engineers developed the next generation…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on March 9, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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