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August 2012 Articles (36)

"El Investigador" magazine N°19 another Dieselpunk issue [UPDATED]

Well, it is almost September and we already released in the web this magazine with a dieselpunk theme.

It has 46 pages this time with many articles like Zoot Suit in the popular culture, México in the WW2, a review from the movie Zoot Suit from Luis Valdes, "Tin-Tan" a mexican comedian from the 40´s, Zoot Suit fashion, mexican radio & more!

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Added by N. Inmunsapá on August 31, 2012 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

Lord K's Garage #154: The Blue Bird Saga

The Garage is proud to present the legendary Blue Birds of Sir Malcolm Campbell.

1935 Campbell-Railton Blue Bird Bluedird at Brooklands

A family (or rather, a dynasty) of land speed record cars, named after a fairy play, never failed to inspire kids and…

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Added by lord_k on August 31, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - Can the Dead Talk

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 August 28, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Miskatonic Monday - The Whisperer in Darkness and The Call of Cthulhu double-feature in Philadelphia

Lights out, everybody.

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

A few weeks ago, I posted about a double-feature in Seattle with more indescribable than you could shake a tentacle at.  Well, it looks like the fine people of the HP Lovecraft…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 27, 2012 at 10:13am — No Comments

Sunday Streamline #68: Blue and Crimson

I'm sure you're familiar with this beauty:

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Yes, she's famous. But it's no reason for her exclusion from our streamline line-up.

The Princess Coronation Class, or as more commonly known Duchess class (or 'Big Lizzies'), is considered to be Sir William Stanier’s ‘Opus Magnum’ for the former London Midland and…

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Added by lord_k on August 26, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

The Japanese Jazz Age

One hundred years ago this month (almost), the reign of the Emperor Taisho began in Japan and ushered in a new wave of Modernism. The gates to the West had been cautiously opened during the Meiji era, leading to rapid industrialization; now, with a new, Liberal-minded Emperor, there came  a flood of new ideas, fashions, artists, and writers. It lasted for 14 years until the Showa era and the military government - and I hope to write more about it in the weeks to…

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Added by John Paul Catton on August 26, 2012 at 3:00am — 3 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #40: The Cabaret Goes to War!!

WAR!!!

 

Horror of horrors, War has come to the Cabaret!  That dastardly Tojo hit us with our pants down and sucked us into this second World War.  I told you that neutrality thing was a bad idea and that we'd eventually be pulled into this war, right?  But…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on August 25, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

S.A.M. #59: The First Clipper

Yours truly strongly suspects he's not the only flying boat aficionado here. Hope the Sikorsky S-40 will be most welcome.

Sikorsky S-40b Boarding in Miami

"The first Pan American plane to be called a “Clipper,” the S-40 grew out of Juan Trippe and Charles Lindbergh’s desire for a strong, sturdy, high-capacity four-engined transport to serve as an…

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Added by lord_k on August 25, 2012 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

A true dieselpunk Café Racer

I was reading the latest issue of Cycle World magazine today and came across what I think is the most beautiful Café Racer ive seen. The "SpeedMaster" from Pangea Speed is a true beauty that combines the café racer style with true dieselpunk style, and is now on my Christmas list! I just purely like this bike from the ground up, Its got a Triumph Bonneville powerplant (2008) and a handcrafted body and soul, its a true one-of-a-kind café racer and all around…

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Added by thetrainguru on August 24, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #153: Rolling Sculptures

Today, on my 50th birthday, I'd like to show you some beautiful bodies. Car bodies created by Joseph Figoni.

1938 Talbot-Lago T150 SS Figoni et Falaschi Coupe - int2

I have a confession to make - 15 years ago, a few photographs and color drawings of his work ignited my passion for streamline design. And this passion only grew ever since. I owe much to…

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Added by lord_k on August 24, 2012 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Ferry From the Future

Of all ferries, this one fully deserves a good place in Dieselpunk Hall of Fame:

Kalakala (dcsfilms.com)

July 3, 1935 12:45 PM

The Kalakala commences her maiden voyage with great fanfare. With confetti and ticker tape, an estimated 100,000 citizens crowd Coleman Dock and the adjacent water-front to…

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Added by lord_k on August 22, 2012 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Firearms Of the Retro Future

When writing The Troubleshooter, I had to come up with the types of firearms that would exist in the retro-futuristic world of New Haven. Mick Trubble carries two main guns. His first choice is the Mean Ol' Broad, a heavy duty piece that fires explosive tipped slugs. I had a mental picture in mind when I wrote it: the pistol that Harrison Ford packed in the classic sci fi film Blade Runner. Recently I…

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Added by Bard Constantine on August 21, 2012 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - Appointment with 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.

Never heard of The Shadow before?…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 21, 2012 at 9:21am — No Comments

Miskatonic Monday - Happy birthday, Little Howie!

Lights out, everybody.

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

The stars have aligned.  On this day, August 20th of 1890, Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born.

His works pushed sci-fi and horror into the new millennium and have been the nightmare fuel for countless artists around the globe ever since.  Here's to you, you deranged xenophobic antisocial momma's…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 20, 2012 at 5:16pm — 1 Comment

Sunday Streamline #67: Algerian Garratts

A steam wonder of the Diesel Era: streamline Garratt locomotive.

CFA 231+132 BT 1-2

For starters, a short quote: "In 1934 the standard gauge between Algeria and Morocco was completed. The expresses Alger - Oran, hauled by the fantastic Garratts 231-132-AT, then BT, had cars for the express Oran - Casablanca..." (…

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Added by lord_k on August 19, 2012 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Cap'n's Cabaret #39: Fabulous Panama!

 We're in the good ol' USA once again!!  Or, well, territory thereof here in Panama in the Canal Zone.  And times are rockin' here, despite the world conflagration going on outside.  We're cruising the streets of this tropical paradise and hitting all the night spots, enjoying biding our time as we await our passage home on the Panama Clipper.  Quite the capstone to our long, but rather relaxing, exile.  Still, though, it'll be good to be back home and away from the horrors of war.  Thank…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on August 18, 2012 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #58: Staaken Futureliner

It was a remarkable aircraft - huge, all-metal, with an enclosed pilots' cabin, seats for eighteen passengers, complete with a luggage compartment, kitchen and toilet. And it was built as early as in 1920!

Zeppelin Staaken E.4/20 side

The all-metal Zeppelin-Staaken E.4/20 four-engined monoplane, the last creation of the dying…

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Added by lord_k on August 18, 2012 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #152: Flash Gordon Buehrig

Believe me, it was supposed to be a Classic Friday, featuring a boattail Auburn. Why not? And then, I came across this:

Meet the Tasco prototype, 1948. It was designed by Gordon Buehrig (of the Cord 810 fame). This unique car, donated by Richie Clyne, is preserved at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg museum, Auburn, Indiana.

The plaque reads:

A group of…

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Added by lord_k on August 17, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Radio MetronomiK music list

Not long ago, Tome Wilson asked us if we have any personal favorites from all of the songs we've played on MetronomiK and also Larry Amyett commented if there was a list where we put together all of the songs. We finally did, but just in case you don't understand Spanish, you can still enjoy our show because the music.

You can now go to the MetronomiK blog right here and listen to ALL the…

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Added by N. Inmunsapá on August 16, 2012 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

Rum Patrol vs. Rum-Runners

It's time to tell a bit about the world's most unusual navy.

While we (OK, some of us) are looking forward for the third Boardwalk Empire season, it's good to learn something new - or rather, something well forgotten. How do you imagine the invisible Coast…

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Added by lord_k on August 15, 2012 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

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