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Opel Rocket Vehicles

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Original pic here.

Opel-RAK were a series of rocket vehicles produced by Fritz von Opel, of the Opel car company, in association with others, including Max Valier and Friedrich Wilhelm Sander largely as publicity stunts.

The Lippisch Ente a rocket-powered glider was produced on June 11, 1928, piloted by Fritz Stamer, but is not usually considered part of the series.

Opel RAK.1 - a rocket car that achieved 75 km/h (47 mph) on March 15, 1928[2]
Opel RAK.2 - rocket car May 23, 1928 reached a speed of 230 km/h (143 mph) driven by 24 solid-fuel rockets[2]
Opel RAK.3 rocket train (quoted speed is variously 254 or 290 km/h. See: [3], [4], [5], [6], [7]) On the second run the train jumps the track and is destroyed.
Opel Rak IV rocket train, destroyed when a solid rocket explodes on the track, exploding all the other rockets. Railway authorities prohibit further runs.[3]
Opel RAK.1 rocket glider September 30, 1929


Some stock footage of some of the rocket vehicles was incorporated into this early SF film.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 25, 2016 | Comments (4)
Category: Flight, Movies, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Technology, Science Fiction, 1920's, Europe, Cars

3 + 1

3+1 from Soline FAUCONNIER on Vimeo.



Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Nov 07, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Domestic, Appliances, Stop-motion Animation, Europe

Shadows of Paragon:  Silentium



It's been way too long since we examined any Death Metal here. Or maybe, after you hear this, you'll say, "It's been just long enough, if not too soon!"

Turn your sound almost off first. Seriously. Don't be fooled by the melodic opener.

Why would anyone listen to this stuff voluntarily? Could your life really be so horrible that this music was uplifting?

Info on band.

Insect Aircraft

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This 1906 article is the lone reference I can find on the internet to this craft, and I suspect it never existed except on paper.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 08, 2015 | Comments (17)
Category: Insects, Inventions, Air Travel and Airlines, 1900's, Europe

Nobel Prize Perk:  Breakfast in Bed

With the Nobel Prize announcements due soon, I think it's time we spoke of a little-known perk for the winners: receiving breakfast in bed from Saint Lucia.

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Original article here.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 23, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Domestic, Food, Europe

Brickplayer

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Here is an old British toy that had a lot of good intentions, but also some unanticipated drawbacks.

Buildings were constructed on allegedly waterproof waxed card bases. The bricks etc. were stuck together with a mortar made from a mixture of flour and chalk powder. It required a great amount of skill to erect buildings accurately, very time-consuming and beyond the patience of most of the children it was aimed at (8 to 14 years). Especially so in cold houses (as most British homes then were) it would take several days for the building to 'set'. Reusing the components involved a process of dunking the entire model in a large bowl of warm water. After the model fell apart the bricks and plaster pieces required lengthy rinsing to remove all organic traces to prevent mould growing on them.


I wonder how well they sold in the USA, as touted in the ad below, from Boys Life for September 1948.

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Fan page.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 20, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Toys, Children, Europe, Twentieth Century

Four-Screen TV

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Original article here.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 19, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Television, Chindogu, 1970's, Europe

Bond Mini Car

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If you took a three-wheeled motorcycle and dropped the shell of an auto atop it, this is what you would get. Lift the hood of the "car," and there is the engine riding on a single steerable wheel of its own


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Wikipedia article here.

POPULAR SCIENCE article here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 12, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: 1950's, Europe, Cars, Motorcycles

The Animation of Joop Geesink





We marvel at films like Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, or Wallace and Gromit, in which, during a given scene, one or two puppets might be in motion. I can't fathom the amount of work that Joop Geesink went through to create his films.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 27, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Stop-motion Animation, 1950's, 1960's, Europe
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