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March 2012 Articles (52)

April Pilsner's Picks!

The old April Fool is back, with another stack of shellac... and this month happens to be my page's tenth anniversary on the web; having gone through several hosts, design changes, and other various types of hoo-hah. Where did the time go?

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Added by Pilsner Panther on March 31, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

S.A.M. #39: Little Red Fighter

Probably world's most advanced fighter in 1933, this diminutive monoplane still was a formidable opponent in 1941.

The Polikarpov I-16 is one of the most unsung aircraft in history, almost the Rodney Dangerfield of fighters, getting no respect from anyone - except its opponents. Created by designer Nikolai Nikolayevich Polikarpov, this classic airplane was a…

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Added by lord_k on March 31, 2012 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Lord K's Garage #132: Springtime for Maserati

A great little car for a lovely sunny day:

4CS was Maserati's first sports car intended for the 1100cc class at the Mille Miglia. These little endurance racers were designed from the successful straight-eight grand prix cars which the Maserati brothers used to…

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Added by lord_k on March 30, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Knights of the Air: The pilots of the Lafayette Escadrille and their pet lions

Welcome to Knights of the Air, a weekly series on Dieselpunks spotlighting the aces and pioneering aerial technology of World War I.

Every once in a while, I run across an image so weird I would swear it was Photoshopped (even if the photo pre-dated Photoshop by about 85 years).  Knowing that the early days of photography were full of pranksters, I looked into the…

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Added by Tome Wilson on March 29, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Show Review: “Big Daddy Cool” Johnny Dellarocca at Grasso’s Magic Theatre in Philadelphia

Joe Grasso of Grasso’s Magic Theatre in Philadelphia

Joe Grasso of Grasso’s Magic Theatre
Johnny Dellarocca and Tome Wilson

Big Daddy Cool and Tome Wilson
I've driven by Grasso’s Magic Theatre in Philadelphia a dozen times. It’s hidden among unsuspecting buildings in an unexpected part of town, so it…

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Added by Tome Wilson on March 29, 2012 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Pistol of Swiss Guard and Kaiser

If you looked at their mustard yellow and vibrant blue pants and chest covered by polished steel breast plate, you would not think the Pontifical Swiss Guard were real soldiers tasked with protecting the Pope. In fact the Swiss Guard are members of the Swiss military, trained not only in ceremonial duties, but…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on March 28, 2012 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - Caverns of Death

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 March 27, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Miskatonic Monday - Book review of "Black Wings of Cthulhu"

Lights out, everybody.

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

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) heavily influenced a generation of horror authors including Stephen King and Robert Bloch, but today's genre fans are far less acquainted with his work. (Which is understandable––Lovecraft's fiction has always seemed like something you study rather than something you read.) Hitting American…

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Added by Tome Wilson on March 26, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Red Dieselpunk (part 8)

Getting back on track, I am happy to announce 8th part of dieselpunkish warmachines from the 40s.  

To have a good start, we begin with an awesome project of...

Land Navy 

December 31st, 1942 

This great project of "Super-powered Land Armoured Army" came from the NKVD engineer, who served in a Far-eastern factory. It comprised 13 pages of descriptions and two schemes (the drawings are rather amateurish, and lack quality, but you will…

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Added by Komissar Hass on March 26, 2012 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #24: Waking Up in N'Awlins...what the Hell Happened?

W...wait, where are we? New Orleans?  Who are you?  No...we didn't, did we?  Oh hell.  How did we...oh Lord.  Last I recall we were floating down the Mighty Miss on board the SS Admiral having a hell of a time.  Could someone turn off the sun for me?

Heaven on Earth?

 

Well, I guess the Cabaret is back in New Orleans.  On (in)famous Basin…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on March 25, 2012 at 9:20pm — No Comments

What's become of the Ziegfeld Girls?

From 1907 to 1931 Florenz Ziegfeld collected the best looking girls from around the Western world to perform in his theatrical spectaculars known as the "Ziegfeld Follies."  These beauties, decked out in Erté designs, gained the attention of the entire US becoming objects of popular adoration.

This pictorial from LOOK Magazine (circa 1938) shows the 'then' and 'now' of Ziegfeld Girls Hazel…

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Added by Tome Wilson on March 25, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Sunday Streamline #59: Power Games

The Union Pacific history is surely the best showcase for diesel trains development.

Its high-speed trains have been already featured in our Flying Americans articles (v.1.0 and…

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Added by lord_k on March 25, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

S.A.M. #38: The Bomber Killer

The Saturday Air Mail is never short of weird aircraft, civil and military. Meet the Vickers 161.

"This plane is not actually weird, if it was 1916! But in 1931, it was plenty strange, " - wrote Mysterious Bill.…

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Added by lord_k on March 24, 2012 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

The End Times Spasm Band

THE END TIMES SPASM BAND

http://endtimesspasmband.com/

The North Texas Dieselpunks were extremely lucky to see the End Times Spasm Band during their recent tour when they came to Dallas. Since then they were kind enough to provide this interview for Dieselpunks.org.…

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Added by Larry on March 23, 2012 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #131: 1936 Stout Scarab

The Stout Scarab was an aerodynamic masterpiece that featured a rear-engine layout, flow through ventilation, concealed running boards, and modular seating.

Not only did it have a unit construction body made out of light aluminum, it featured the famous Ford flathead V8 engine placed at the rear driving the rear wheels via a Stout-built three-speed manual transaxle. It has a…

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Added by lord_k on March 23, 2012 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

MoraneSaulnier MS406 C1

The M.S.406 was a French Armée de l'Air fighter aircraft built by Morane-Saulnier starting in 1938. Numerically it was France's most important fighter during the opening stages of World War II.



Although sturdy and highly maneuverable, it was under-powered and weakly armed when compared to its…

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Added by Lejon Astray on March 22, 2012 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Knights of the Air: WWI Pilot Certificate from France

Welcome to Knights of the Air, a weekly series on Dieselpunks spotlighting the aces and pioneering aerial technology of World War I.  This week, we're showcasing a piece from my personal collection.

This French pilot's certificate, typical of the credentials…

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Added by Tome Wilson on March 22, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

100th Weapon of War Post: Steyr M1912

This will be my 100th weapons related post here at Dieselpunks, enjoying every minute of it since starting way back in 2010. And judging by the ideas rattling around my head and the stack of reference in my home, there will be many, many more posts to come.

So, to mark my 100th post I wanted…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on March 21, 2012 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Catalog Thermos in Dieselpunk Style.

LIN-ART design studio (Moscow, Russia) published Thermos catalog in dieselpunk style:…

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Added by Realbigant on March 21, 2012 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - Death Under the Chapel

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 March 20, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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