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Lord_k's Article – April 2012 Archive (17)

Sunday Streamline #63: The Slowest One

Another diesel train featured in our old Flying Americans article: the GM&N (later GM&O) Rebel.

Here is its story, told by Marty Bernard @…

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Added by lord_k on April 29, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

S.A.M. #43: Sikorsky Transatlantic

Igor Sikorsky is remembered as an aircraft designer well ahead of his time. But at least once in his long career, he was unfashionably late.

As early as in 1913, he designed world's first four-engine bomber (initially destined for transport &.research). Nine years later, he…

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Added by lord_k on April 28, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #136: Renault des Records

One of France's most impressive and highly successful cars - the Renault 40CV Type NM des Records aka the Montlhéry Coupe:

In the 1920s, vehicle manufacturers were locked in an all-out race to set new records, a fashion encouraged by the construction of speed rings. In France, the Montlhéry ring built in 1924 set the stage for many a confrontation, with the last word going to…

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Added by lord_k on April 27, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Art of Stefan Norblin

Today, I'd like to present a small collection of posters created by one of the most influential Polish artists during the Interbellum.

Stefan Norblin was born in 1892 in an artist's family in Warsaw. His father, Piotr Norblin, was a well-known painter. Young Stefan studied art in Antwerp and Dresden. He opened his own atelier in early 1920s.

Norblin was a dazzling figure…

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Added by lord_k on April 23, 2012 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

S.A.M. #42: The Wild Goose

The Mitsubishi Ki-15 (allied designation: 'Babs') was the main reconnaissance aircraft in use with the Imperial Japanese Army at the start of the Sino-Japanese War in 1937, and was still in front line service during the Japanese conquests at the start of 1942.

The Ki-15 was developed in response to a specification issued in 1935 that called for an aircraft with a top speed of 280mph at 9,845ft, an operating altitude of 6,560-13,125ft and the ability…

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Added by lord_k on April 21, 2012 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #135: Going Off-Road

Long before the terms "SUV" and "crossover" were coined, Volvo started to build off-road vehicles.

The TPV (Terrängpersonvagn m/43, i.e. Off-road Passenger Vehicle, M1943) was a crossbreed between a light truck and a taxicab. The platform and some mechanical parts were borrowed from the LV-series light truck, and the body from the…

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Added by lord_k on April 20, 2012 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

The Art of Edward McKnight Kauffer

Edward McKnight Kauffer was one of Britain’s most highly influential 20th Century poster artists and graphic designers.

Beginning his professional life as a painter, Kauffer soon embraced poster art as a form of visual communication, enabling the public to view Modern Art through the display of his posters on the streets.

In the early 1900s, Kauffer…

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Added by lord_k on April 17, 2012 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Black and White Romance

Last Saturday, my favorite photographer turned 100 years old.

His birthday was celebrated worldwide. The celebrations were led by Google, sticking a one-day doodle on their main page. Better later than never - let's celebrate too.

You can read Robert Doisneau's biography…

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Added by lord_k on April 16, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Sunday Streamline #62: Torpedo de Luxe

Meet the fastest railcar in Poland - diesel-powered indeed.

Luxtorpeda was a common name of a famous Polish train, which ran on some of the most important rail routes of Poland in the 1930s. A Luxtorpeda consisted of a single, first-class only railcar, with its own internal combustion engine.

Luxtorpeda, sometimes spelled Lux-Torpeda (roughly…

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Added by lord_k on April 15, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

S.A.M. #41: The Flying Dreadnought

Designed by Gianni Caproni and Dino Giuliani, this six-engine biplane was the largest landplane in the world.

The Caproni Ca.90 made its maiden flight on October 13, 1929 - two weeks before the 7th anniversary of Fascist takeover. It had an unusual layout, with two tandem pairs of 1,000hp Isotta Fraschini Asso engines above the 46.6 m (153 ft)…

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Added by lord_k on April 14, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #134: Spirit of the ERA

This not-so-famous car make is related to at least two great names in automotive history - Reid Railton and Richard Seaman.

British Motorracing was at an all-time low in 1933, Bentley's Le Mans domination seemed ages away and Britain's last international single seater success dated back to the early 1920s. A wealthy amateur racer felt something had to be done…

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Added by lord_k on April 13, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Sunday Streamline #61: More Power!

How many horses a railroad needs to haul a full-size train? Not less than twenty-four hundred!

After the first United Pacific Streamliner, a 600hp three-car articulated set, came a 900hp six-car 10001 train, and soon afterwards - the City of Los Angeles, a six-car train hauled by a stand-alone 1200hp locomotive.…

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Added by lord_k on April 8, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

S.A.M. #40: Pictures From the Exhibition

Welcome to the Paris Air Salon, 1936!

A lot of interesting aircraft under the streamline panels! On the left, there is a bi-motor reminiscent of the DH.88 Comet - but probably it is the Caudron C.640 Typhon, a close copy of the famous de Havilland airplane inspired by no other than …

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Added by lord_k on April 7, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #133: Silver Arrows

Here is a story of one of the most successful 1930s racing car types - the Mercedes-Benz W25.

For Mercedes-Benz the arrival of a new German government in 1933 and a thoroughly revised rule-book for the 1934 season provided the final push to build a Grand Prix car for the first time the Daimler and Benz merger. Appalled by the defeat at Avus in May of 1933 to the French…

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Added by lord_k on April 6, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Ermeto Watches

Recently, I discovered a very special kind of timepieces.

Usually described as 'purse watch', the Ermeto was made by Movado company in Switzerland. By the way, Movado (of the 'Museum Watch' fame) is probably world's only watchmaker with an Esperanto name. In international language,…

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

Spanish Civil War Posters

I'd like to present here, in graphic form, one of the Diesel Era most dramatic pages.

Civil War in Spain (July 17, 1936 - April 1, 1939) was by no means an internal conflict - both sides, loyalist Republicans and rebellious Nationalists, were supported by foreign powers, accusing each other of being "puppets" in the hands of, respectively, Soviet Union and…

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Added by lord_k on April 2, 2012 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

Sunday Streamline #60: Another Whale

This streamliner was supposed to become the Third Reich's standard express locomotive.

Different from all-new experimental 05 Class locos, the Class 01.10 (DRG Br.0110) was a development of the Class 01, built…

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Added by lord_k on April 1, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

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