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March 2012 Articles (52)

Red Dieselpunk (part 7)

Once again I had thoughts about "thematic" collections of war beasts, but, after all, once again I present you a "cocktail" of battle spheres, human-powered tanks and a "new" concept- "Da Lowriderz".

But, we begin with one more piece of machinery, that existed in metal:

Artillery Tractor

 Autumn, 1941

 Engineers from Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant (later renamed as Chelyabinsk Kirov Narkomtankprom Plant, becoming the heart…


Added by Komissar Hass on March 20, 2012 at 4:14am — No Comments

Hemerapolis - a little presentation

Hello everyone! We are all very busy preparing the shooting of the movie, but we took the time to make a new, little, video presentation. I hope you'll enjoy it.

Stay tuned!

PS: I did the subtitles, if there are any mistakes please do tell me with a PM! Silly french people and their bad engish :o)!

Added by Jean Dellac on March 19, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Miskatonic Monday - 100 Cthulhu idols that will drive you insane

Lights out, everybody.

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

What dreams of madness inspire the infirm mind to create such images of blasphemy?  The curators at Propnomicon are determined to solve this mystery, and in their time broadcasting on the net, they have collected hundreds of images and idols from these insane…


Added by Tome Wilson on March 18, 2012 at 11:56pm — 2 Comments

Sunday Streamline #58: The Centennial Engine

A million-dollar look from an old poster:

That is the Sir Winston Dugan*. Numbered 620 (and first of its class - class 620), it had a chrome grate over the smokebox to "emulate" the grills on automobiles of the time (and was the only loco given this treatment). It was dark green with yellow stripes.

The poster comes from the…


Added by lord_k on March 18, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #23: St. Louis Swing!

Next stop, Louie!  We're at the Gateway to the American West today, folks, and we couldn't be happier!  In keeping with our recent trip to KC at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers, St. Louis, or "Louie", is a bit downstream at the confluence of the Missouri and mighty Mississippi! 

Thanks to the sleek and streamlined modern new riverboat…


Added by Cap'n Tony on March 17, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Best Kept Secret(s)

"... She is more than happy to let her lady pistol do the talking for her. And when she starts talking, well... like a lot of dames, it's hard to shut her up again".

From Diesel City - Noir!

Added by Stefan on March 17, 2012 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #130: The Lion Cub

Searching for an affordable'n'compact European streamliner with a touch of Art Deco? Call your time travel agent, book the tickets for 1938. Destination: France.

The 1930's were great years for French automobile design. Bugatti were building amazing art deco inspired coach built…


Added by lord_k on March 16, 2012 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

How to.. Recover from military service

Life after military service can sometimes be quite confusing.. fortunately a 13-step programm was developed to help former military personell adjust to civilian life! Once again, this is not mine, don't know who wrote it and just thought it would be fun to share.)

Military Recovery Protocol:

1. Acknowledge: "I was in the military , I have a problem. This is the…


Added by Bryan D. Amage on March 15, 2012 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Knights of the Air: Sgt. Mystery

Hail the minor powers! Their aces probably achieved less than von Richthoffen (or Ball, or Guynemer, or "Billy" Bishop) but their bravery should be remembered.

So why not remember a Belgian ace of the once-famous "Thistle squadron" - Andre de Meulemeester. Meet him and his live mascot called Stabilo. Gary C. Warne wrote in his…


Added by lord_k on March 15, 2012 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

The Sticky Bomb

Sometimes great weapon ideas don't always work in practice. If you are an army, needing simpe yet effective anti-tank weapons the idea of an adhesive grenade seems a good one. However, when the grenade is so sticky that it could end up clinging to your clothes in the seconds before detonation, the ideas quickly becomes bad.

The No.74 ST Grenade, aka Sticky Bomb, was…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on March 14, 2012 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

British War Posters

Some propaganda today. Let us begin with a 1943 poster looking like a sci-fi magazine centerfold:

The artist is Pat Keely. By the way, the wartime propaganda and advertising in the US and Canada often borrowed themes from science fiction - to show "the future we are fighting for" (three examples can be seen…


Added by lord_k on March 14, 2012 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - The Tomb of Terror

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…


Added by Tome Wilson on March 13, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Red Dieselpunk (part 6)

And here comes another set!

Sorry for a minor delay in assembling another article.


May 1944

A rather adequate tank destroyer was proposed by Red Army lieutenant. Main features are stabilized gun, pair of front wheels that also served as mine sweepers, and folding shields with ports for landing party. This one would definitely meet one's expectations from alternative-soviet-tank-force in red-alert-type games!…


Added by Komissar Hass on March 13, 2012 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Miskatonic Monday - Jason McKittrick's Curwen chest from "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward"

Lights out, everybody.

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

This week, I dug up an interesting find from the eBay crypt.  Just sold at auction earlier this year was a painstakingly awesome reproduction of Joseph Curwen's necromancer supplies, including an idol, a few Yog-Sothoth-inspired pickled punks, spellbook pages, and the portrait that started young Charles' decent into…


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

Real-life Clockwork Heroes

For all who love anything clockwork, cast your blinkers in the direction of January's Wired Magazine and an article called

"The New French Hacker-Artist Underground" by Jon Lackman. The people in this true story make me want to hop on a plane tomorrow just to…


Added by Joe May on March 11, 2012 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Sunday Streamline #57: The Zeppelin Train

The New Haven's Comet was presented to the public as "Latest Diesel-Engine Train Built Like Airships. " *

Probably it is less famous that the Reichsbahn's "rail zeppelin". But it was built by Goodyear-Zeppelin company, a German-American joint venture created to build…


Added by lord_k on March 11, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #22: Cowboys and Playboys

Howdy, folks!  Another lovely evnin' in the Cabaret, only this time we're down in the Heart of Texas, Waco, the music Mecca of the blackland prarie, skirtin' the German Gemuglischeit of the Hill Country to the west, the soulful Blues of the wetlands to the east, and the Latin sounds of San Antonio and Mexico to the south. And it's here in this music hub we meet some true Texas Originals, Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys!…


Added by Cap'n Tony on March 10, 2012 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

S.A.M. #37: The Imperial Airliner

Most airliners designed in late 1920s had to retire after only a few years of active service, making way for more advanced and reliable all-metal aircraft.

The story of the Handley Page 42 is totally different. A large biplane of composite construction, with an unusual engine layout, it gave a sterling service through 1930s, outliving a score of it's…


Added by lord_k on March 10, 2012 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #129: The Immortal T

The Ford Model T aka Tin Lizzie or simply the T is a Diesel Era icon. Everybody knows it but just a few speak about it. Well, a picture is worth a thousand words, isn't it?

The T, produced since 1908, was envisioned by Henry Ford as an affordable car to "be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can…


Added by lord_k on March 9, 2012 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

The Cutting Edge

Cover for a novel loosely based on the life story of Eleanora Fagan, AKA Lady Day, AKA Billie Holliday 1915-1959.
A true icon from the Diesel era.

Added by Stefan on March 8, 2012 at 5:43pm — No Comments

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