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March 2012 Articles (52)

Knights of the Air: Forssman Ten-Engine Triplane

It never dropped a single pound of incentives in anger. Actually, it never flew. Designed too late to be ready for her maiden flight before the Armistice, it remains a dark enigma even today, 95 years after the Great War.

Those who like to talk about Wunderwaffe and Amerika Bomber all but ignore the Kaiserreich secret projects. The…


Added by lord_k on March 8, 2012 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

A Welcomed Streetcar Comeback

This gives me hope for the human race - I've been seeing all kinds of news about a revival of the use of streetcars. This elegant article was in Governing magazine: "Restored Streetcars Now Desirable" by Tod Newcombe. Sigh. Isn't this beautiful?…


Added by Joe May on March 7, 2012 at 8:48pm — 2 Comments

Rocket on Wheels

German anti-tank rocket technology took various forms during World War II. Efforts went from the expendable Panzerfaust to the larger more traditional bazooka-type Raketenpanzerbusche. The Ofenrorhr, the latter weapon's nickname due to its stovepipe-like look, launched an 88mm rocket that was put into another weapon system, the Puppchen.

What is particularly…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on March 7, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - Murder on Approval

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 6, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Miskatonic Monday - A first look at "Ages of Madness"

Lights out, everybody.

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

The cosmic horrors of HP Lovecraft are getting the 3D animated film treatment in Ages of Madness from Lince Studios. Directed by Helio Mira, the ambitious adult-oriented project is currently in the conceptual phase of production and requires a budget of thirteen million euros with more than three years of…


Added by Tome Wilson on March 5, 2012 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #21: Kansas City Shuffle

When the land is flat, you gotta make the music soar, or so the attitude seems to be in Kansas City (which, by the way, is in Missouri, not Kansas).  Here they swing like nowhere else with a smooth but transcendent sound epitomised by today's guest star, native son the legendary Count Basie.

Thank you TWA for today's travel…


Added by Cap'n Tony on March 4, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Sunday Streamline #56: Go East

This is a short story of two steam locomotives, unsung in their day.

Bearing a striking resemblance to the famous A4 class of the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), they belonged to smaller and slower B17 class, designed by Nigel Gresley in 1926-1927. The B17's had a lot in common with A1 Pacifics, built from 1924. The first of the class,…


Added by lord_k on March 4, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

S.A.M. #36: USS Shenandoah

To everyone who thought that airships are neglected here, I owe my most sincere apologies.

How could a universal symbol of Dieselpunk be neglected or even worse than that - ignored? And if we do not want to walk in circles around the Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg (well, it can take quite a lot of time, considering their size), let's remember another airship -…


Added by lord_k on March 3, 2012 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

Lord K's Garage #128: Popular Streamline

Want an affordable streamliner? You've got it - from Italy, where aerodynamics and serial production cars lived happily together as early as in 1935.

In the United States, Italian cars have long been associated with devastating performance, stunning bodies, and monumental price tags. Decades have passed since affordable Italian cars were being sold in the U.S. in significant numbers.…


Added by lord_k on March 2, 2012 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Citroën 2CV

Illustration of an iconic design.

This was a fun piece to do, all the lines of it are interesting, I want one!

This piece was created in Illustrator CS and is entirely vector.

The shading was rendered using the blend tool between different vector shapes, and a some use of the gradient and transparency…


Added by Lejon Astray on March 1, 2012 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Knights of the Air: Luft'18

I always wondered why the word Wunderwaffe is applied only to the late-WWII German projects.

In the history of WWI there is a whole lot of weird and scary "wonderweapons". And if you think that the DFW giant bomber was the only one with Mercedes inside,…


Added by lord_k on March 1, 2012 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Red Dieselpunk (part 5)

Part Five of the Soviet auger-driven, multi-turreted BFG bearing warmachines are coming your way!

Heavy Semi-flexible Tank

May 21st, 1941

This strangely sounding piece of military machinery was proposed by an military engineer of the air defence from St.Petersburg. Main "bonus" was the optimization of the tank's size in order to achieve necessary mobility, armour, firepower and even amphibious capabilities. Moreover, there was a solution to…


Added by Komissar Hass on March 1, 2012 at 7:47am — No Comments

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