projects 1950


‘Tis the third set of Roger Rabbit Universe photos! As usual, the individual pics are filed here (link) for your reblogging convenience.

And in case anyone wondered, yes, I do custom jobs! (Commission info link here)


I’m not ashamed to admit that I had to look up just what “hooning” is.

Hoon is a term primarily used in Australia and New Zealand to describe the act of driving a vehicle at high speed and pulling manoeuvres likely to cause excitement and cheers from onlookers. Hoon activities can include speeding, burnouts, doughnuts or screeching tires.

Now that we have that out of the way, this 1950 Plymouth Suburban would also be a fun driving project, I think.


Project ASTRON X-Weapon

Initiated in the 1950s, Project ASTRON was a series of unconventional tank proposals. Most of the tanks shown at the ASTRON meeting (1950’s) were nuclear powered, had remote controlled secondary guns, heavily armored, and strange to the untrained tankers eye. The Chrysler TV-8 nuclear-powered tank fell amongst these X-tanks.

The X-Weapon was fast and for the time, well gunned. It was projected to achieve speeds of 80 km/h and mounted a 90mm gun. However, its armor would be nothing to speak of. The visual similarities to the M41 Walker Bulldog are due to the X-Weapon’s foreseen capability to replace the M41.

In the end, ASTRON’s X-tanks were terminated because they showed no significant advantage to standard tank designs and were prohibitively expensive.

“Snafu” #3, March 1956, from Red Circle Magazines.  This is one of three issues of this title held in the Steven Boss humor magazine collection, in Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library.  It ran for only three issues, and was primarily written and edited by Stan Lee.  This title is found in two other libraries, one of which has one issue, and the other, two issues.  Neither have issue 2.

#213 in the cover-a-day project

But breath is man’s special qualification as animal. Sound is a dimension he has extended. Language is one of his proudest acts. And when a poet rests in these as they are in himself (in his physiology, if you like, but the life in him, for all that) then he, if he chooses to speak from these roots, works in that area where nature has given him size, projective size.
—  Charles Olson, Projective Verse (1950)

U.S. military ‘flying jeeps’ as seen in Avro Canada’s company literature - In 1955 the U.S. Air Force took over funding of Avro engineer ‘Jack’ Frost’s VZ-9 Avrocar ‘Project Y-2′ with the hope of developing a supersonic large disk fighter aircraft, designated as Weapons System 606A. Progress with the design was slow - by April 1961 the NASA Ames prototype model was able to reach a speed of 100 knots (190 km/h or 118 m/h), and while this test had the best results so far, more modifications were still necessary to correct an unstable pitch problem. A USAF/NASA flight evaluation of a second prototype was made in June 1961 - the results were very disappointing showing a range of control problems. In March 1961, U.S. funding ran out. In December 1961 the U.S. military officially cancelled the Avrocar and related WS-606A supersonic VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) programs.  (image via wikipedia)