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Lord_k's Article – March 2012 Archive (17)

S.A.M. #39: Little Red Fighter

Probably world's most advanced fighter in 1933, this diminutive monoplane still was a formidable opponent in 1941.

The Polikarpov I-16 is one of the most unsung aircraft in history, almost the Rodney Dangerfield of fighters, getting no respect from anyone - except its opponents. Created by designer Nikolai Nikolayevich Polikarpov, this classic airplane was a…


Added by lord_k on March 31, 2012 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Lord K's Garage #132: Springtime for Maserati

A great little car for a lovely sunny day:

4CS was Maserati's first sports car intended for the 1100cc class at the Mille Miglia. These little endurance racers were designed from the successful straight-eight grand prix cars which the Maserati brothers used to found their company. They continued the firm's success by winning class victories at…


Added by lord_k on March 30, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Sunday Streamline #59: Power Games

The Union Pacific history is surely the best showcase for diesel trains development.

Its high-speed trains have been already featured in our Flying Americans articles (v.1.0 and…


Added by lord_k on March 25, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

S.A.M. #38: The Bomber Killer

The Saturday Air Mail is never short of weird aircraft, civil and military. Meet the Vickers 161.

"This plane is not actually weird, if it was 1916! But in 1931, it was plenty strange, " - wrote Mysterious Bill.…


Added by lord_k on March 24, 2012 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #131: 1936 Stout Scarab

The Stout Scarab was an aerodynamic masterpiece that featured a rear-engine layout, flow through ventilation, concealed running boards, and modular seating.

Not only did it have a unit construction body made out of light aluminum, it featured the famous Ford flathead V8 engine placed at the rear driving the rear wheels via a Stout-built three-speed manual transaxle. It has a…


Added by lord_k on March 23, 2012 at 6:00am — 5 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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