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Lord_k's Article – February 2011 Archive (9)

Fortunato Depero: A Second Glance

Sometimes one article is not enough. And it's exactly the case.

More than a year ago I posted a story of Fortunato Depero, the great Italian artist and designer, probably the most important Futurist after…

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Added by lord_k on February 28, 2011 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Sunday Streamline #21: Renault ABJ

Why keep steam-powered trains at local lines when we can use a faster and efficient self-propelled railcar?

That's what railway managers thought about one hundred years ago, and this thought gave a boost to railway designers. Dozens of railcar types were built - petrol-, diesel- and (in the beginning) even steam-powered. They varied from converted buses to unique designs, "tailored" to the requirements of the specific route.…

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Added by lord_k on February 27, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Knights of the Air: A. Prokofiev-Seversky

Not an "official ace", but undoubtedly the most successful Russian naval pilot with an illustrious war record:

Alexander Nikolayevich Prokofiev-Seversky was born in Tiflis (Tbilisi, Georgia) in an actor's family. Seversky was his father's scenic name. He entered a military school at the age of 10. Seversky's father was one of the first Russian aviators to privately own an aircraft, and when Alexander entered the Naval Cadets School, his father had already…

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Added by lord_k on February 26, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #77. Rear-Engine Mercedes-Benz

In 1930, Daimler-Benz AG entrusted Hans Nibel with the development of a small rear engine car.

The company had some limited experience with the rear engine layout: in 1920s Edmund Rumpler, the pioneer of streamlining, designed two Benz "Tropfenwagen" racecars with…

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Added by lord_k on February 25, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #76. Bugatti Type 57G Tank

Even through Ettore and his son Jean built the Type 57 as a road going supercar, they couldn't resist proving it on the track*.

In the first year of production competition versions of the Type 57, with streamlined bodies, raced in Tourist Trophy. The following year, in 1936, an extremely different competition Type 57 appeared called the 57G. It featured fully enclosed bodywork that gave the car its… Continue

Added by lord_k on February 11, 2011 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Royal Navy Monitors, Part 2

Today, two monitor classes that served during WWII.

Two ships of the Erebus class were built by Harland & Wolff in 1915-1916. Named for the two bomb ketches sent to investigate the Northwest Passage and subsequently lost in 1845, HMS Erebus and Terror were designed as stable gun platforms with a shallow draft to allow operations close inshore in support of land operations and were not intended to contest naval battles. The Erebus class…

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Added by lord_k on February 8, 2011 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Knights of the Air: Dicta Boelcke

Oswald Boelcke developed the most successful flying tactics used by German aces, making possible the later achievements of Manfred von Richthofen.

Boelcke flew the first Fokker E.I, won the Pour le Mérite, commanded Jasta 2, mentored many younger German fliers, and was even decorated by the French for rescuing a child from drowning.

He was born in 1891, son of a schoolteacher. His older brothers, Wilhelm and Friederich, had been born in Argentina, but…

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Added by lord_k on February 7, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Sunday Streamline #20: Chilean Arrow

Flecha del Sur (Arrow of the South) was the name of a diesel train, AM-100 series, operated by the Southern Chilean rail network since c.1940.

The diesel-electric train was custom built in Germany for the Chilean government by Maschinefabrik Augsburg-Nüremberg (MAN) and FerroStaal A.G. The design was inpired by the Flying Hamburger series that connected Berlin and…

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Added by lord_k on February 6, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #75. Ford So-Cal Plating

1935 Ford Phaeton built by Frank Kurtis and George Du Vall for the Southern California Plating Company.

The car is known as the "Southern California Plating Delivery Truck", and was the first car that wore a DuVall Windshield. The build was completed in 1936.

The chassis and body were lengthened 12 inches between the front doors and rear fenders. The…

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Added by lord_k on February 4, 2011 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

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