Dieselpunks.org | May 30, 2012
This print represents an A9 Cruiser Mk I tank in North Africa with the 7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats), 1940.
In 1934 Vickers-Armstrong had produced a new medium tank, the A9, which was subsequently designated the Cruiser Tank Mark I. It was the first British tank to have a centrally located turret, but was poorly armoured, with a maximum of 14 mm thickness, many armour faces were vertical, and there were numerous shot traps.The Cruiser was an effective tank in the French and early North African campaigns. The 2 pdr gun was lethal against the early Italian tanks encountered during the North African campaign and could hold its own against early Panzers. However, the minimal armour made the A9 an easy kill for most Axis anti-tank weapons.
The mechanical unreliability of the Cruiser was also a disadvantage. In particular, tracks were easily slewed causing difficulties. A9s equipped some regiments of the 1st Armoured Division in France until the time of the Dunkirk withdrawal in June 1940. They were also used by regiments in the Western Desert until 1941. The A9 had inadequate armour and too Iowa speed for the “cruiser” role.
This piece was created in Illustrator CS and is entirely vector.
This was rendered with the pen and knockout tools and some use of the gradient tool.
- Designation: Tank, Cruiser, Mk I (A9)
- Crew: 6 (commander, gunner, loader, driver, 2 MG gunners)
- Battle weight: 28,7281b
- Length: 19ft
- Height: 8ft 8in
- Width: 8ft 2in
- Main: 1x 2pdr OQF (1 x 3·7in howitzer in Mk ICS)
- Secondary: 3 x Vickers’ 303 cal MG (one co-axial)
- Armour thickness: Maximum 14mm / Minimum 6mm
- Traverse: 3600 Elevation limits:-
- Engine: AEC Type A179 6 cylinder gasoline (petrol) 150hp
- Maximum speed: 25mph
- Maximum cross-country speed: 15mph (approx)
Steampunk Workshop | May 30, 2012
Thanx for the information and plans. I built this out of salvaged parts from work and purchased lamp finds, the wood pulleys and parts were turned by me. The guys I work with love it. By the way I work at a power plant.
Nothing makes me happier then hearing that I've inspired someone to make something, and when the result is as beautiful as Cliff's Wimshurst? Shear joy! - Jake.
admin | May 29, 2012
A little update on the exciting things that are occurring. Firstly, A new website on which will be sold my books, prints, sculptures, curios and all manner of wonderments!
Go to http://www.brajjs.com to browse!
Alternatively Join our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/groups/brajjs
Secondly The Air Kraken book is selling well and we are getting good feedback, people are enjoying my little tale and the wonderful illustrations of Arfon Jones (for more Arfon go to the site above or his personal site at http://www.arfon.net )
Thirdly, In the next few days I will be announcing my next big project. It will be simply epic. You have been warned.
Keep your eyes on the skies!
Aether Salon | May 28, 2012
Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): I apologise for the delays, Damen und Herren. I should like to make a few announcements before introducing our speaker.
First – the Salon shall be taking a break after today until September, to make way for summer events and RFL.. I hope to see you all back in the autumn.
Second – for administrative reasons, we are having to change the group.
Aether Salon | May 28, 2012
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Dieselpunks.org | May 26, 2012
What’s so special about Macchi? Not only their Schneider Trophy fame and world’s speed records but also a large family of flying boat fighters and light bombers.
The first successful indigenous type, the Macchi Type L general-purpose flying boat (1915), was a direct copy of a captured Lohner Type L, made at the express request of the Italian authorities. Some batches of the aircraft introduced a semi-enclosed cabin for the crew or a different, rounded fin and rudder, but all were essentially similar to their Austrian originals.
An Isotta-Fraschini V4B substituted for the Austro-Daimler of the captured machine. Bombs, depth charges, and 6.5-mm Revelli machine guns were the usual armament. But many carried a 25-mm, quick-firing Revelli cannon instead, often supplemented by a twin-barreled, 9-mm Vilar-Perosa submachine gun.
The company had learnt about flying boat design from copying an Austrian flying boat to produce the Macchi L.1 and improving it to produce the L.2 (above). The result was the L.3 (below), which was renamed the M.3 in 1917 to recognize the change in design from Lohner influenced to a Macchi design.
Only the unequal-span biplane wings were inherited from the L.2 a new and refined hull and strut-mounted tailplane were designed. Powered by a single Isotta-Fraschini engine strut mounted between the two wings and driving a pusher propeller. It was armed with a single machine gun on a trainable mounting and could also carry four light bombs. In 1916, one aircraft gained the world altitude record for a seaplane when it climbed to 5,400 m (17,700 ft) in 41 minutes.
By combining its experience reverse engineering the Lohner with that gained from license manufacturer of Nieuport scouts, Macchi went on to produce the most successful flying boat fighter of all time, the Macchi M.5. This combined the L’s Lohner-like hull and Isotta-Fraschini V4B engine (V6B in late-production machines) with the graceful sesquiplane wings of a Nieuport 17. The resulting boat was fast (117 mph) and maneuverable enough to fight landplanes on almost equal terms. Early models were armed with the unreliable, 6.5-mm FIAT-Revelli machine gun, but later aircraft substituted a pair of Vickers guns.
Dieselpunks.org | May 26, 2012
Aloha! Hail and welcome to the paradise isle of the Pacific, the home of King Kamehameha and birthplace of Hula, Surfing, and Luau! Yes, beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii, land of rainbows and pineapples, a string of emeralds in the middle of the mighty Pacific!
It’s been so much fun I swear we must have lost three weeks along the way!
Sure, I know tensions with Japan have been high with the war in China, but one need merely look out at the mighty battleships in Pearl Harbor to know you’re in the safest place on earth! All the better to relax and enjoy the show.
And talk about a show tonight: it’s a night of exciting dueling arts as Tiki masters Don Beach and “Trader” Vic Bergeron vie for the best Mai Tai while three masters of that native stringed instrument the Ukulele vie for the best in that craft.
Up first in the “Dueling Ukulele” competition is Cliff “Ukelele Ike” Edwards, who has wowed audiences on the continent with his mastery of the little strings. Here he reminds us “It’s Only a Paper Room” after all:
And now his friendly rival, the great Roy Smeck, showing why he’s known as “the wizard of the strings” and a living legend of the Ukul…wait, is he grabbing a guitar?! Yes, and playing “Little Grass Shack”, Hawaiian slide-guitar style! Talk about magic fingers! We’ll let this one slide, folks.
Finally, it’s only right that the local boys get a shot, so introducing local native Hawaiian legend, Tau Moe singing “Rhythm of the Island”.
Well…too close to call, folks! How about a roaring round of applause for Cliff, Roy, and Tau!
And now…Mai Tais! It’s a drink that manages to capture all that is great about the Pacific Islands in liquid form. And this duel is a little more personal, yet another disputed claim between Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic, this time over who can lay claim to the Mai Tai cocktail itself. We can’t guess who came first (both make that claim), but we invite our guests to try one of each in this head-to-head Mai Tai competion! Try one of each and tell us what you think:
Steampunk Tribune | May 26, 2012
Dieselpunks.org | May 25, 2012
Back in 2005 I created archiveclassicmovies.com to post my old movies. Since that time I’ve added almost 500 old movies, serials, shorts, and cartoons. With that much content it’s been difficult to update, and poor ACM has really been neglected the past couple of years. I’ve finally developed a CMS that will let me more easily update my content, so I’m going to retire ACM, which will become dieselpunkindustries.com.
Currently the preview of dielsepunkindustries.com has 254 movies, three radio series, and one Flash Gordon 12 episode movie serial. I will also be adding comic books, pulp novels, and radio shows. My radio show library consists of 11,000 episodes which translates to 4 months of continuous listening.
The preview will be up through labor day weekend. If you would like to take a look and give me some feedback. I’d really appreciate it. I’ll then take your feedback, take down the site retool it as needed then relaunch. I’m looking for criticism here, so bring it on.
What works on the site:
Only the Main Menu button in the upper right, Home, Radio, Serials, and Radio buttons work. The listen live doesn’t work on anything yet except Safari. Don’t blame me for that. If all the other browsers HTML5 audio tag refuses to work with live audio feeds that’s not my fault. I will make it work eventually.
This should work on most browsers I’m pretty sure it won’t work on Internet Explorer 6-8. on 9 I haven’t really checked yet.
For iPad users:
The site has been optimized for the iPad if you do the “Add to Home Screen” thing it will make a nice icon on your home screen.
Thanks for you help,
Dieselpunks.org | May 25, 2012
From my own personal collection of Noir films that never were but could have been, again, and even if the inspiration for this one is a little late to qualify for Dieselpunk, strictly speaking, I would like to dedicate it to Mister Pilsner Panther who enjoys Noir pictures.
Dieselpunks.org | May 25, 2012
The Garage is proud to present: the MG T-Series!
The MG TA Midget appeared in the spring of 1936 as a replacement for the MG PB. It featured many components borrowed from Morris. Channel sections replaced the tubular cross-members making the vehicles ride more comfortable. The suspension was provided by leaf springs and beam-axle in the front and rear. The brakes were hydraulically operated drums, a first for MG. The body shell was assembled around the MG traditional way of using a wooden frame. All this added up to a total weight of 1,765 pounds.
MG TA (Photo by robertknight16 @ Flickr)
A 1292 cc, overhead-valve, pushrod, four-cylinder engine was placed in the front and powered the rear wheels. Outfitted with dual horizontal SU carburetors, the engine produced 50 horsepower. The four-speed manual gearbox was synchromesh, another first for MG.
MG TA engine (Photo by Austin7nut @ Flickr)
When first introduced, the two-seater vehicle could be purchased in open and closed configuration. Later, the open coupe, referred to as an Airline Coupe, was replaced with a Drophead style. The Drophead used a soft-top that could open and close depending on the driver and the weather conditions.
MG TA Coupe (Photo by Zappadong @ Flickr)
In 1939, MG introduced its latest vehicle, the TB Midget. It was basically the same as the TA, but was equipped with a larger, 1250cc, engine. The four-cylinder over-head valve, XPAG power plant was borrowed from the new Morris 10. It produced 45 horsepower and was much more reliable than its predecessor. When the war began, production ceased. MG shifted its focus to creating equipment for military purposes.
MG TB (Photo by Zappadong @ Flickr)
At the end of the War, MG introduced the TC Midget. This was essentially a TB with very few modifications. The chassis was modified with rubber bush shackles in place of the sliding trunnion spring mountings. The transmission was the single-plate dry clutch and four-speed synchromesh unit. The engine was the XPAG 1250 cc pushrod engine. It was essential a TB offered in one body style, an open two-seater.