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September 2012 Articles (42)

Sunday Streamline #71: Flying Colors

One cannot but admire the pace of progress during the Diesel Era:

UP City of San Francisco ad

Three years after the introduction of lightweight diesel-powered streamline units, much more powerful locomotives were ready to haul full-weight trains. These locomotives, designed and built by EMC (Electro-Motive Corporation of La Grange, IL), were a serious competition…


Added by lord_k on September 16, 2012 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #43: On the Rocks in the Magreb

 We're carryin' a Torch for you, Rommel!


Yes, sir, things in the desert are hot, hot, Hot, and not just from the omnipresent sun.  Monty and George are here to speak to you, Erwin & Pietro; I'm afraid your lease in North Africa is up and you're about to be evicted!  It seems your Vichy French allies were a little less than eager to die on your behalf, but rather happy all…


Added by Cap'n Tony on September 15, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

S.A.M. #62: The Neverliner

Another flying wing - this time from Great Britain:

Armstrong Whitworth A.W.52

Of the many tailless aircraft projects that reached the advanced development stage during the mid-1940s, the Armstrong Whitworth A.W. 52 jet-powered flying wing stands out, for its visionary approach to the jetliner of the future. Although the aircraft flew after the…


Added by lord_k on September 15, 2012 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #157: Silver Fish, Part 2

The story of Porsche-designed Auto Union racers continued in 1935:

1935 Auto Union Typ B, Acerbo

Actually, the work on Type B, an improved version of the glorious Auto Union Type A, started in the autumn 1934. The car received a new 16-cylinder…


Added by lord_k on September 14, 2012 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Diesel Movie Review - Sunset (1988)

The following story is true...give or take a lie or two.

It's the tail-end of the Roaring Twenties and Hollywood is in transition from Silent to Talkies.  Tom Mix (Bruce Willis) is the hottest action star in town and king of the action-packed Western genre.  Life is good.  Money's great, girls are plentiful, and he has 16 automobiles to play with when he's not stunt-riding for…


Added by Cap'n Tony on September 12, 2012 at 1:46pm — 5 Comments

Chinese Dieselpunk

A few days ago I came across a great set of Diesel Era graphic art from China.

I use to share a good thing when I see one. Probably some of you may have seen it already - it was published on a very popular 50 watts website. The pictures are from the book Chinese…


Added by lord_k on September 12, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Radio MetronomiK Show #8

Well it is time to Radio shows, and MetronomiK it´s on the aether web again with their #8 Show.

Here you can listen spanish dieselpunk music as Casino Slut Bar from México, Rosario Smowing from Argentina and Dry Martina from Spain.…


Added by N. Inmunsapá on September 9, 2012 at 10:58pm — No Comments

Sunday Streamline #70: Stylish and Slow

This Sunday, our streamliner is small, electric-powered and not too fast.

The EF55 class consisted of three locomotives built in 1936 by Hitachi, Kawasaki, and Tōyō Electric in Japan. They had 2Co+Co1 wheel arrangement and were originally intended to haul limited express trains on the narrow gauge (1067mm, 3'6") Tōkaidō Line.…


Added by lord_k on September 9, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Japanese Jazz Age part 3: "The Dynamism of the Automobile"

At the same time as the Dada movement was finding followers in Japan, the Futurists were also gaining ground. The leading exponent, the artist Tai Kambara, published the first Japanese Futurist poem, “The Dynamism of the Automobile”, in Shincho magazine in 1917. One translated excerpt reads:

Acute angle



Added by John Paul Catton on September 9, 2012 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Cap'n's Cabaret #42: Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!


 Anchor's Aweigh and Always Faithful!  Tojo is holed up in the Solomon Islands and we mean to boot him out!

 Our friends Down Under are in a bit of a pickle as Tojo's forces press through the Dutch West Indies towards Australia itself!  But fear not, for the American Navy and Marine Corps are here to help!  Oh, and the Aussies and Kiwis aren't taking things laying down either! …


Added by Cap'n Tony on September 8, 2012 at 11:17pm — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #61: And They Called Him Bombi

This Saturday, our airmail is brought to you by a quintessential Dieselpunk aircraft right from Argentina:

FMA AeMB.2 - two inflight

It is the first Argentine-designed combat airplane. Its story is a bit controversial, at least when told in English, but I was lucky enough to find a credible article on…


Added by lord_k on September 8, 2012 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage #155: Dymaxion

I believe everyone here is familiar with Buckminster Fuller and his Dymaxion World concept.


And the Dymaxion Car is by no means "obscure" or "forgotten". But should it stay out of our Garage? Of course it shouldn't - the car (actually, three cars) as well as the idea of …


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

Another French Folding SMG

Some time ago I wrote about the stylized and long lived MAT-49 SMG from France. But it wasn't the only collapsing weapon to come from the minds of Gallic engineers.

The Hotchkiss Universal Type submachine gun wasn't anything special in how it operated, a standard…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on September 5, 2012 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - Dead Men 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?…


Added by Tome Wilson on September 4, 2012 at 10:05am — No Comments

Advance Review of Dieselpunk: an Anthology

By now you may have heard that Dallas-based Twit Publishing, purveyor of a popular Pulp Quarterly, is putting out a Dieselpunk short story anthology called, well, Dieselpunk: an Anthology.  It's the first of its kind that I am aware of.  What you might not know is that advance reviews are now available for its eight stories!



Added by Cap'n Tony on September 3, 2012 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Miskatonic Monday - Herbert West: Re-Animator is restored to life on BluRay tomorrow

Lights out, everybody.

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

In the States on Tuesday, September 4th, Stuart Gordon’s 1984 classic Re-Animator will be hitting the stores with a newly restored HD BluRay version.

Herbert West (played by Jeffrey Combs) is obsessed with the idea of…


Added by Tome Wilson on September 3, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

It's Deco Time

This is a 1935 digital clock.

Jaeger Heures Sautantes 1935

Digital doesn't mean 'electronic'. Instead of using hands to point at numerals this watch displays moving numerals. It is called Heures Sautantes, "jumping hours" for its numeral-printed hour disc displaying hours in upper window. The clock was made by Jaeger,…


Added by lord_k on September 3, 2012 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

The Japanese Jazz Age part 2: "Breaking the Dish"

Yesterday was the 89th anniversary of the Great Kanto Earthquake, the seismic event that destroyed Tokyo at the end of the Taisho Period. At the beginning of the Emperor Taisho's reign, however, 12 years before, the nation was rocked by shock waves of a different kind - the radical cultural ideas and avant-garde art movements that were sweeping through Europe. Just…


Added by John Paul Catton on September 2, 2012 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Sunday Streamline #69: Taurus Express

Once upon a time in the Middle East, there were mammoth-like creatures spreading steam and thirsty for water.

Iraqi State Railways class PC

It comes as something of a surprise to many people to discover that in the early 1940s Iraq State Railways were in the forefront of design so far as the steam locomotive is concerned. In 1940 Iraq State Railways completed the…


Added by lord_k on September 2, 2012 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #41: The Wild Blue Yonder!

Look out below, Gerry, we're comin' atcha!


Yes siree, the Mighty 8th Air Wing of the US Army Air Force is ready to demonstrate that Fortress Europa has no roof!  The B-17 Flying Fortress, the sleekest, most modern of heavy bombers with it's super-secret Norden bomb sight (rumor has it it can drop a bomb in a pickle barrel from 30,000 feet!), is ready to hit the Nazi war…


Added by Cap'n Tony on September 1, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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