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Lord_k's Article – December 2011 Archive (12)

S.A.M. #27: Butterfly Wing

For my last entry this year, I have chosen a very unusual aircraft - the Belyaev DB-LK.

An "almost flying wing" with double fuselage and swept-forward wing, it looks like some secret German WWII design - but it's Soviet, developed before the war.

Six years ago, a gentleman calling himself…


Added by lord_k on December 31, 2011 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #119: Austin Seven

While the year is nearing the end of the course, I want to offer you a ride in the first true "people's car" produced in Old World - the Austin 7.

"The Seven is an enthusiast's car. A mechanic's car. It can be truly be enjoyed by a driver who has touched all it's bits and pieces. The Seven begs that every nut and bolt be tightened, adjusted and…


Added by lord_k on December 30, 2011 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

S.A.M. #26: Savoia Marchetti S.55

Happy holidays everyone! The Saturday Air Mail is here with the most incredible serial-built flying boat of the Interbellum.

An epoch-making design in every sense, the S.55 prototype flew in 1925. In an era still committed to the biplane flying-boat, it had a revolutionary formula: a cantilever shoulder-wing monoplane with twin hulls and delicate booms…


Added by lord_k on December 24, 2011 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage #118: Adler Autobahn

KdF-Wagen aka the Beetle was the people's car. For people of means, German engineers developed less spartan, more powerful cars.

The best example is the Adler Typ 10, dubbed Autobahn or Stromform (Streamshape). It was presented at Berlin Car Show in early 1937…


Added by lord_k on December 23, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #25: Cierva Windmills

In my eyes, the autogyro is a very important Diesel Era symbol. For more than a decade it was seen as viable alternative to light airplanes and helicopters.

There were different autogyro designs and makes but the most significant are those of Juan de la Cierva y Codorníu.

Jeff Lewis wrote in his…


Added by lord_k on December 17, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #117: Cadillac V16 Hartmann Cabriolet

This 1937 Cadillac is probably the most extreme cabriolet ever built.

Wealthy playboy Phillipe Barraud personally commissioned this design through local Cadillac dealer in Lausanne, Switzerland on one of the finest chassis that America had on offer.

Phillipe chose the Cadillac V16 for its monstrous 452 cu engine and robust chassis that could support any coachwork…


Added by lord_k on December 16, 2011 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

The Universal Architect: Jože Plečnik

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957) created a unique architectural style, mixing Baroque and Secession, Classicism and Modernism.

His legacy belongs to Vienna, Prague and Ljubliana. In an alternate universe where the Austro-Hungarian Empire hasn't collapsed in 1918, he could be the Chief Architect of His Imperial and Royal Majesty. Instead, he helped to shape the…


Added by lord_k on December 15, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

S.A.M. #24: Unlucky Eagle

A giant airliner intended to be the KLM flag-carrier and advertised as "flying hotel" didn't live up to the expectations.

The Amsterdam-Batavia service, started in 1930, was an enormous success for KLM*. The increase in passengers carried, despite the crisis years, was so great that the airline soon looked at the possibility of launching a larger aircraft. This led to plans for a large…


Added by lord_k on December 10, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #116: Aston Martin Atom

Another car born in the wrong time.

The Atom, built in 1939, was a contemporary of Supermarine Spitfire and Bristol Beaufighter. It was different from earlier Aston Martin cars like these fighters were different from mid-1930s RAF biplanes. Designed by Claude Hill, the small sedan was ultra-modern and innovative: box frame structure, aluminium over panels, first use of Gordon…


Added by lord_k on December 9, 2011 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

The Poet of Speed: Géo Ham

This French artist, aviator and race driver perfectly captured and expressed the Diesel Era spirit.

A range of opinions*:

  • "The most remarkable painter of the motoring world" (L'Automobiliste, Editions Maeght, December 1985)
  • "Among the poster artists of the interwar period, Géo Ham comes at the top of the pile and has…

Added by lord_k on December 6, 2011 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

S.A.M. #23: Avia B. 35/135

Instead of being an opponent of the German Bf-109 this sleek fighter became its ally.

The Avia B.35 was a fighter aircraft built in Czechoslovakia shortly before World War II. It was designed to meet a 1935 requirement by the Czechoslovakian Air Force for a replacement for their B-534 fighter biplanes. The B.35 was an elegant, low-wing monoplane with…


Added by lord_k on December 3, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage #115: Volkhart Sagitta

This compact streamliner appeared in the most inappropriate year - 1944

Based on the KdF-Wagen Typ 60, aka VW Beetle, it was designed by K.C. Volkhart as a fast courier car for Luftwaffe (German Air Force). Body, designed by Baron Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld, was built…


Added by lord_k on December 2, 2011 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

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