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October 2012 Articles (29)

Cap'n's Cabaret #46: The Home Front!

Calling all patriotic citizens!  Calling all patriotic citizens!  Your nation needs you!!


The brave soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen can't do it all alone, they need YOU to build the weapons and deliver the supplies that make the war effort WORK.  Housewives, that means you, too.  Time to trade in the apron and spatula for a set of dungarees and a welding torch.  Gramps,…


Added by Cap'n Tony on October 6, 2012 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #65: Whales Can Fly

This Saturday, your air mail is brought to you by a flying boat called "Wal" (Whale) and designed by no other than Claudius Dornier.

Dornier Do J II Wal

The Do J was a fairly modern (compared to World War I types) flying boat with a high-mounted strut-braced monoplane wing. Two piston engines were mounted in tandem in a nacelle above the wing and…


Added by lord_k on October 6, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #160: Renault, 1930s

Between the two World Wars, Renault (responsible for the first mass-produced light tank) remained an important car & truck manufacturer.

Renault Primaquatre RDS Sport 1939

Their designs weren't revolutionary but I can't call them "ultra-conservative. " Some luxury models boasted  eye-striking bodywork, like the one we see below, the engines were constantly…


Added by lord_k on October 5, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Sweden's Skeleton LMG

Light machine guns have for the past 40 years been primarily belt-fed. While in the first half of the last century magazines were just as common, if not more, in light machine gun designs. Every nation seemed to come up with its own indigenous light machine gun design. From Sweden we have a magazine fed light machine gun that was a cleanly design and rather attractive dealer…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on October 3, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

The Rise of the Robots

"The Japanese Jazz Age" will return, but in the meanwhile, here's tale of two fellers who built a giant clunky spage-age robot in their own backyard. Okay, to be correct it's a "mecha" and not a robot, but I think the Steampunk/Dieselpunk aesthetic still holds.

Two enterprising Japanese engineers have taken their robomania to its logical conclusion and built…


Added by John Paul Catton on October 3, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Diesel Movie Review - Swing Kids (1993)

Swing, Heil!

Hamburg, Germany, 1939. Hitler is practically at his pinnacle of power and popularity, having recently annexed Czechoslovakia. And as his power grows any opposition - or perceived opposition - is being violently shut down. It's a hard life for any teenager anywhere at any time, but for Peter (Robert Sean Leonard), Thomas (Christian Bale), and Arvid (Frank Whaley) life is even harder, seeing as they happen to be "Swingjungend" (Swing Kids, or fans of Jazz…


Added by Cap'n Tony on October 2, 2012 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - The Inventor of 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?…


Added by Tome Wilson on October 2, 2012 at 11:57am — No Comments

Fresh Off the Press

Eva and yours truly finally present: Strangers' Journey.

Strangers' Journey 2

You don't need to guess twice: it's a book, written in Russian, and the artist behind this cover art is Stefan. Actually, he created two…


Added by lord_k on October 1, 2012 at 3:00pm — 11 Comments

October Pilsner's Picks

The leaves are falling, and the old records are calling...


Long-time listeners may notice that I've been concentrating more on the 1920's lately, and not so much on the 30's and 40's. This is because I had another run-in with the Keystone Kopyright Kops, and I'm trying not to tread on their too-sensitive toes. Thanks to the late and unlamented Sonny Bono and his Draconian copyright…


Added by Pilsner Panther on October 1, 2012 at 12:05pm — 2 Comments

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