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S.A.M. #69: Pander Postjager

It took a unique trimotor to deliver your Saturday Air Mail.

Pander S-4 Postjager 2

The Pander S.4 - known also as Postjager and Panderjager- was a very stylized Dutch trimotor designed by Theo Slot that first flew in 1933. It was built by the furniture company Pander & Zonen as a high speed mail plane, intended for…


Added by lord_k on December 22, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #156: Marendaz Special

Don't be confused by the number - I somehow managed (or rather, mismanaged) to miss it three months ago. Here it is, so no one would search for a missing article #156.


Next one (and the last in 2012) will be numbered 164. And today, we'll give some Dieselpunk love to another forgotten car make. Have you ever heard about Marendaz, the man and/or the automobile?…


Added by lord_k on December 21, 2012 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #68: Night Birds

The Saturday Air Mail presents: another French biplane family.

Lioré et Olivier LeO 20

The Lioré-et-Olivier Type 20 and its derivatives are probably less famous than the Farman F.22, but no less important - and their looks are even more…


Added by lord_k on December 15, 2012 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #163: Rear-Engine Alfa

Back in 1940, a really hot car emerged from the Alfa Romeo workshops. Meet the 512 Gran Premio, a wannabe rival of the German streamline racers.

1940 Alfa Romeo 512

In the second half of the 1930s voiturette racing became increasingly popular*. As the name suggests, voiturettes were smaller Grand Prix racers; there was a 3-litre limit for the big…


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

Lord K's Garage #162: The Rolling Zeppelin

Just look at this car:

1932 Maybach Spohn Stromlinienkarosserie

Isn't it fantastic?

The Maybach Zeppelin DS-8, powered by a 8-liter V-12 engine, was introduced in 1931. It was one of the most refined automobiles of the period, a formidable rival of the Rolls-Royce, Grosser Mercedes and Hispano-Suiza. Superficially, the Zeppelin was a rather…


Added by lord_k on December 7, 2012 at 5:00pm — 9 Comments

S.A.M. #67: Your Affordable Tri-Motor

This Saturday, the Air Mail is delivered to your doorstep by a small, elegant, and well-forgotten British aeroplane.

Spartan Cruiser 1935

Meet the Spartan Cruiser!

This wooden-framed, low-wing tri-motor was originally designed in collaboration by Saro and Percival as the A-24 Mailplane in 1931. The consortium lost interest in the venture as…


Added by lord_k on December 1, 2012 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage #161: Postwar Buicks

This futuristic concept, drawn by Jo Gault in 1946, could be a Buick:

Concept For Buick

Real postwar Buicks, no less impressive with their beautiful curves, massive fenders and extensive chrome trim, were developed from 1942 models:…


Added by lord_k on November 30, 2012 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

S.A.M. #66: The Stratoliner

It's Saturday, and your Air Mail is here again, delivered by a state-of-art flying Leviathan.

TWA Stratoliner

The following article was published on Boeing official website:

The Boeing Model 307 Stratoliner was the world's first high-altitude commercial transport and the first four-engine airliner in scheduled domestic service. With names like…


Added by lord_k on November 24, 2012 at 6:00am — 6 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

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

Sunday Streamline #73: The Shoreliners

This will be a short one - with a few really great pictures, although.

Sascha Maurer. Greater Power (The New Haven Railroad)

With the increase of passenger traffic on the New Haven's Shore Line requiring trains of fourteen to sixteen cars, the capacity of the I4 Pacifics which had been used for twenty years was severely taxed. As a result of tests with two of…


Added by lord_k on September 30, 2012 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #64: Wings of Reality

If you're going to design a very unusual aircraft for your Dieselpunk setting, read this entry.

Maybe your dreamplane has been already designed and flown eighty years ago. Or probably you'll see something well beyond the borders of your imagination. So give your inventive spirit a little rest and let me introduce you to the designs of Boris Ivanovich…


Added by lord_k on September 29, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage #159: Alfa Twelve

Sorry for being late. Took a long stroll this morning. Pomegranates everywhere, so today's color will be red.

Red is the traditional Italian racing color. And, with all due respect to Maserati, 1930s races, especially in the first half of the decade, were dominated by Alfa Romeo. But German teams slowly but surely began to steal the laurels from their future allies. Alfa had to develop something new.

Here is …


Added by lord_k on September 28, 2012 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Canadian Pacific Posters

A company once known as "world's greatest travel system" had a lot to advertise.

Homeward Bound by Canadian Pacific

Established in 1881, the Canadian Pacific Railway quickly evolved into a business empire. Their activities stretched far beyond the railroads: the CPR operated steamships and hotels, telegraph services and radio stations, and, quite naturally, an…


Added by lord_k on September 24, 2012 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

Sunday Streamline #72: Star of India

When I read that one of these locomotives was pressed into service in 1965, I could hardly believe my eyes.


But it's true. The WP class Pacifics were built for Indian Railways from 1947 through 1967. If we agree to call them 'streamliners' (in India, they prefer another definition - 'bullet nose'), here is the largest steam streamliner class…


Added by lord_k on September 23, 2012 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #63: Fighting Canard

I won't be surprised to see this handsome fighter in a new version of Crimson Skies or some Dieselpunk/althistorical opus.

SAI Ambrosini SS.4

The Italians were the first of the participants in World War II to build a canard combat aircraft, the SAI-Ambrosini "S.S.4". Italian aircraft engineer Sergio Steffanutti had become interested in canard aircraft in…


Added by lord_k on September 22, 2012 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Lord K's Garage #158: All-American Oakland

Another well-forgotten car make - once famous for its "True Blue" laquer finish. Quick-drying laquer was supplied by DuPont, and cars were a part of General Motors marketing scheme.

1926 Oakland

Founded in 1907, Oakland made solid, medium-priced cars. It was named for Oakland County, Michigan, where its cars were produced. The firm attracted the attention of General…


Added by lord_k on September 21, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Terminal Tower, Cleveland, Ohio

To tell you the truth, I could post this entry three years ago. But I've been posting everything else. Why?

Tower City Front Exterior, 1950

With so many Americans in our community (including at least half a dozen Cleveland citizens), who am I to tell about this Diesel Era marvel? Alas, those who see the tower every day do not feel like telling about it. And yours…


Added by lord_k on September 18, 2012 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Paint It Red: Dutch Posters

This poster comes from the Netherlands:

Walter. Painters Union. 1929

Painters' trade union informs us that the hand holding a brush can also be a fist. Beware!..

Recently, yours truly and Stefan exchanged opinions on Interbellum art. Speaking of creativity and imagination, I mentioned…


Added by lord_k on September 17, 2012 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

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