Dark and dirty dirigible

Been up to my eyes in real life today so not much time for a detailed post, but had to share this link sent to me by Henry-X, a steamblog reader.

Landscapes L51 by Gutalin

Dirty, industrial and just plain huge, the texture on this steampunk/ dieselpunk/ blimppunk concept is staggering. Just look at those little follows to the left of the airship. Head over to ZBrushCentral to see it in more detail.

Thanks for the tip, Henry-X. If anyone has any more steampunk art they want to share then email me today or leave a comment below.

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Published in: on February 3, 2010 at 11:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Snow Devil

Now, steampunk purists will balk at this post as the subject hails from the 1920s (it should proabably be classed as dieselpunk, but lets not go there right now.)

Inventor Frederick R. Burch filed the patent for the Snow Motor vehicle on 27 November 1920. Six years later the January edition of Time magazine that the design had been taken up by Snow Motors Inc, a new subsidery of Detroit Motors. The machine, which could reach speeds of between six to eight miles per hour, was said to be able to handle the deepest snowdrifts thanks to a Fordson tractor power-plant mounted of two revolving cylinders instead of wheels.

The following silent demonstration film, found via intonarumori, shows the beast in action.

The Snow Devil

Over time, the vehicle became known as the Snow Devil and visitors can see an example at the Hays Antique Truck Museum in Woodland, California (shown right – picture courtesy of Wikipedia). This particular example used to battle the snow of the ┬áthe Truckee area of the California Sierra Nevada Mountains to make sure that the US mail got through.

If you fancy building your own, Burch’s original patent can be found here.

Published in: on January 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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