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October 2011 Articles (63)

Knights of the Air: French Escort

The Caudron R.11 (aka R XI) was the last bomber the French built during the Great War.

Evolved by Paul Deville from the R.IV reconnaissance bomber designed by Rene Caudron, the R.11 three-seat biplane was originally intended as a Corps d'Armee aircraft, but was destined to find its forte as a three-seat escort fighter. Its design was similar to the Caudron R.4, but with a more…

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Added by lord_k on October 20, 2011 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

To Liberate By Liberator

Arming guerrillas and insurgents, especially during World War II, was accomplished in two fashions. One was to bundle up any recent front-line weapons and get them to the fighters of an occupied nation. The other was design simple, easily mass produced weapon that were more disposable than maintainable. It also had a significant psychilogical impact on both the occupied and…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on October 19, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

1930s-based vampire comic "In the Dust" coming to theatres

In the Dust comic cover Stephen L'Heureux's Solipsist Films has preemptively picked up the rights to the upcoming Top Cow graphic novel In the Dust, created by George Mahaffey and Christian Duce. Mahaffey will write the adaptation.

L’Heureux will produce with Top Cow’s Matt Hawkins and Marc Silvestri executive producing.

"In the Dust" is set against the Dust Bowl of the…

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Added by Tome Wilson on October 18, 2011 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - Seaside Sabbatical

Welcome to Two Fisted Tuesdays, Dieselpunks' weekly beat on the mean streets.

Starring Gerald Mohr and starting with the famous lines, "Get this and get it straight! Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave." The Adventures of Philip Marlowe runs about 25 minutes without commercials. You can listen to this blast from the past in MP3 format for free at the link below.…

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Added by Tome Wilson on October 18, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Lifting the Fog of War

“War is an area of uncertainty; three quarters of the things on which all action in War is based on are lying in a fog of uncertainty to a greater or lesser extent.”

-Carl von Clausewitz,1806

The two ways of gaining situational awareness in wartime are to scout on the ground from a hidden building or hilltop, or use an aerial observation platform. The view from the sky is the far superior of the two.

Pre…

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Added by John L. Sands on October 17, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Miskatonic Monday - Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips' new comic "Fatale" promises Mythos Noir

Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays, we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror that it spawned. This news just hit during the "Creator-Owned Comics with Robert Kirkman" panel hosted over the weekend at the New York Comic Con. Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips, writer/creators of the award winning Criminal noir comic series will be coming back in early 2012 with a new year-long series named Fatale that promises…

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Added by Tome Wilson on October 17, 2011 at 10:16am — No Comments

Sunday Streamline #45: Baltic Diesels

A piece of prewar aesthetics in postwar world:

Ten three-unit diesel-electric trains, designed before the war, were built in Hungary by Ganz motor- és vagongyár (Ganz engine and wagon factory) for Argentine Railways. Probably the class was inspired by German-built Chilean…

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Added by lord_k on October 16, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

A monster in Paris

Good evening America !

Has anyone on the other side of the Atlantic heard about the new french animated movie "un monstre à Paris" ? I'm not sure, so let me introduce you to it. The action takes place in 1910 a year when there was a very big flood that transformed Paris in a french counterpart of Venice. The story is about a human "Frankenstein kind" monster that being hunted by the Police hides under a Cabaret in Montmartre  where a beautiful singer is the star of the…

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Added by cagliostro on October 15, 2011 at 6:44pm — 2 Comments

Saturday Matinee - Vampyr (1932)

On Saturday Matinee, we showcase full-length films from or about the diesel era.

The next October entry in our series of ghoulish films is the nightmarish Vampyr from 1932.

What you need to know

Director Carl Theodor Dreyer fuses fantasy and reality in this landmark tale, which ranks among cinema's greatest horror movies. Holiday reveler Allan Gray (Julian West) takes a room in an eerie European village inn and is awakened…

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Added by Tome Wilson on October 15, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Dog That Got in "Der Fueher's Face"

The German people, including Adolph Hitler, are not known as a people having a sense of humor. There were jokes about Der Fueher told in secret by the Germans(1) knowing that if the Secret Police, the Hitler Youth, or members of the Nazi party overheard them, the teller would disappear forever. People knew you did not joke or make fun of Hitler. He was known to fly into a rabid range when he heard of anything that would shed a bad light on his dogma or his person. His retribution was swift…

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Added by John L. Sands on October 15, 2011 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

S.A.M. #16: Versatile Junkers

The Saturday Air Mail presents: a big bird from Dessau, Germany.

The Junkers Ju 90 airliner and transport series descended directly from the Ju 89, a contender in the Ural bomber programme aimed at producing a long-range strategic bomber (see below). This concept was abandoned by the RLM (Reichsluftfahrtministerium, Reich Aviation Ministry) in April 1937 in favour of smaller,…

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Added by lord_k on October 15, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

The Sparrow and the Whale

The Sparrow

The Curtis F9C-2 Sparrowhawk is a very small fighter(nicknamed a parasite fighter) that was constructed in 1930. Although the Sparrowhawk was armed, its primary duty was reconnaissance, and it provided the ships it served with a much wider search area. But wait, what is that ugly structure on the upper…

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Added by John L. Sands on October 14, 2011 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Lord k's Garage #108: Lincoln Ford Speedster

Built using aircraft engineering, the 1940 Special Speedster was one of several cars that were made for the personal collection of Edsel Ford.



He had Lincoln-designer Bob Gregorie design a new Speedster on the Ford V8 platform. The result was six boat-tail Speedsters that were custom built a modified chassis and unique aluminum body. The second was built in 1934 and was much more streamlined than the initial car.…

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Added by lord_k on October 14, 2011 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Abe Lincoln - Ghostbuster

And all this time I thought Honest Abe was a vampire killer...


Via: Tauntr.com

Added by Tome Wilson on October 13, 2011 at 10:17pm — No Comments

The Lineage of the Black Widow

Prologue:

This account comes from a friend of my father who influenced my early life and is fondly remembered today. John K. (Jack) Northrop was a true pioneer and futurist.  He invited my family to the maiden voyage of the YB-49 Flying Wing Bomber (1949) which is the first time I ever saw a jet airplane. He introduced me to the hobby of plastic modeling, and guided me to getting a BS in Aeronautical-Astronautical Engineering at Northrop Institute of…

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Added by John L. Sands on October 13, 2011 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Knights of the Air: Canada's Best

Most decorated Canadian WWI hero, William G. Barker was a person of outstanding bravery and skill.

The son of Mrs. George Barker, of Rathwell, Manitoba, William George Barker left high school in Dauphin to enlist in the Canadian Mounted Rifles in December 1914. He spent eight months in the trenches before he received a commission in the Royal Flying Corps in April 1916. After starting out as a mechanic, he qualified as an observer in August 1916 and…

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Added by lord_k on October 13, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

S-38 Explorer's Air Yacht (1928)

In my mind, one of the most memorable design during the classic years of aircraft was the Sikorsky S-38-BS flying boat amphibian. Igor Sikorsky was both an aviation visionary and a superb craftsman. In the mid-1920s he envisioned the future of aviation was not military, carrying the airmail, or stunt plane shows, but was in travel. There was little infrastructure for…

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Added by John L. Sands on October 12, 2011 at 3:47pm — 4 Comments

The Japanese "Knee" Mortar of World War II

When U.S. forces battled from island to island in the Pacific theater of World War II, Marines and soldiers came upon a small, portable mortar left behind by retreating Japanese forces. At first glance, to American eyes, the baseplate looked like mount for placement on a bent knee, earning it the knickname the knee mortar (see below.)

However, firing the compact tube…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on October 12, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - The Big Book

Welcome to Two Fisted Tuesdays, Dieselpunks' weekly beat on the mean streets.

Starring Gerald Mohr and starting with the famous lines, "Get this and get it straight! Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave." The Adventures of Philip Marlowe runs about 25 minutes without commercials. You can listen to this blast from the past in MP3 format for free at the link below.…

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Added by Tome Wilson on October 11, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

The Photography of Harold Cazneaux

Harold Cazneaux (March 30, 1878 - June 19, 1953) was and Australian pictorialist photographer; a pioneer whose style had an indelible impact on the development of Australian photographic history.  The pictorialists considered every photograph a work of art and favoured a softly focused "impressionist" style.

In 1916 he was a founder of the Pictorialist Sydney Camera Circle. As a regular participator in national and international exhibitions, Cazneaux was unfaltering in his desire to…

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Added by Tome Wilson on October 11, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

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