Design – Silodrome https://silodrome.com Gasoline Culture Mon, 23 Jul 2018 12:55:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 18077751 The Heuer Monza – Grade-5 Titanium Heritage Calibre 17 https://silodrome.com/heuer-monza-heritage-calibre-17/ Mon, 23 Jul 2018 03:00:11 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=81239 The Heuer Monza – Grade-5 Titanium Heritage Calibre 17

The original Heuer Monza was created in 1976 to celebrate the World Championship win for the Ferrari Formula 1 team a year earlier in 1975 – with legendary drivers Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni. Heuer, or Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG, wouldn’t become TAG Heuer until 1985 when a majority of the company was purchased by TAG...

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The Heuer Monza – Grade-5 Titanium Heritage Calibre 17

The original Heuer Monza was created in 1976 to celebrate the World Championship win for the Ferrari Formula 1 team a year earlier in 1975 – with legendary drivers Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni.

Heuer, or Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG, wouldn’t become TAG Heuer until 1985 when a majority of the company was purchased by TAG Group. All watches before this time carry the Heuer name sans TAG, but in more recent years the company has been creating new limited edition watches with the Heuer name such as the Monza you see here.

The Heuer Monza – Heritage Calibre 17

This newer version of the Heuer Monza has the pulsometer and the tachymeter scale of the original, the sans-TAG logo, the same red-on-black color scheme, and even the same font as the original.

This is the lightest Heuer Monza ever made thanks to its grade-5 titanium case, despite the fact that it’s 3mm larger at 42mm vs 39mm.

The movement is the TAG Heuer Automatic Caliber 17 – 28,800 vph, with a 42 hour power reserve, a chronograph function, and water resistance to 10 bar or 100 meters.

The Monza has always been a popular driver’s watch thanks to its motorsport heritage, it’s also traditionally been a little less chunky on the wrist than other popular motoring watches including the Rolex Daytona, Omega Speedmaster, and TAG Heuer Monaco.

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Heuer Monza - Heritage Calibre 17

Heuer Monza - Heritage Calibre 17

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Unadulterated Jet-Age Styling – The Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster https://silodrome.com/plymouth-asimmetrica-roadster/ Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:01:12 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=81167 Unadulterated Jet-Age Styling – The Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster

The Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster was designed as a production car, despite its concept car looks – it was initially planned that 25 would be made, however just two were completed by the time production ceased. The Plymouth XNR The Asimmetrica was based on the futuristic Plymouth XNR that had been penned by one of the...

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Unadulterated Jet-Age Styling – The Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster

The Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster was designed as a production car, despite its concept car looks – it was initially planned that 25 would be made, however just two were completed by the time production ceased.

The Plymouth XNR

The Asimmetrica was based on the futuristic Plymouth XNR that had been penned by one of the most important American automobile designers of the 20th century – Virgil Exner. The Plymouth XNR was co-developed with the Italian coachbuilding firm Ghia, the car’s name was a hat-tip to its designer – “XNR” sounds like “Exner” when said aloud.

Virgil Exner was the godfather of jet-age cars, a great proponent of fins and aerospace-inspired design, he would lead the charge from the 1940s into the 1950s, designing many of the most iconic cars of the time along the way.

The Plymouth XNR would be Virgil’s last great unabridged design before leaving the company, and he went all-out. The XNR is a visual feast of curves, planes, fins, and chrome – it was pure unadulterated jet-age styling, the team at Ghia liked it so much they decided to bring a road-going version of the car to market – the Asimmetrica Roadster.

Plymouth XNR Concept Car

Above Image: The Plymouth XNR

The Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster

The Asimmetrica Roadster was based on the same Plymouth Valiant platform as the XNR, utilizing the slant six engine and the Hyper-Pack features – cast-iron split headers and a Carter AFB carburetor, similar to the NASCAR Valiants.

The design of the Asimmetrica was a tempered, more user-friendly take on the XNR concept car, with a folding top, a full windshield, a less prominent D-Type-style fin behind the driver, and door handles.

The headlights of the original design were moved from inside the grill to the front fenders, and the indicators that had originally been fitted to the wings were moved down to a more traditional location under the headlights.

Inside, the Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster was opulent by the standards of its time, with full leather upholstery, rich carpeting, a wood rimmed steering wheel, and polished chrome accents throughout.

Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster

The car was first shown to the public at the Turin Motor Show in 1961, where it was seen by Georges Simenon, the acclaimed French author of the Maigret detective novels. It was love at first sight for Simenon and he wrote a cheque to Ghia on the spot to buy it, on the condition that it would be delivered immediately after the show ended. He remembered the encounter in his memoirs:

“On the Chrysler stand I am struck by a splendid flame red car, with a new and unseen line. I am fascinated by the model and address the seller, who introduces me to the famous Italian coachbuilders Ghia, the creator of this exclusive model. The price is shocking, but . . . I buy it for (my wife) Denyse; I sign a check and Ghia promises to deliver the car immediately after the show closes.”

Over the intervening decades the Asimmetrica would pass through a limited number of hands before it was carefully restored to original specification in 1989/1990, after which it was displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1990.

Since 2000 the car has belonged to a private collector in the Pacific Northwest who has only publicly shown it very rarely, preferring to drive it and enjoy it as part of a very exclusive collection.

The Asimmetrica is now due to be publicly sold for the first time in almost 20 years at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey on the last weekend of August. If you’d like to read more about it or register to bid you can click here to visit the listing.

Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster Steering Wheel

Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster Side

Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster rear Fin

Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster Rear Fender

Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster Interior

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Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster Hood

Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster Front

Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster Front Fender

Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster Engine

Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster Back

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Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster Engine

Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster Seats

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The Southern Lights Electric Original Bell Jar Table Lamp https://silodrome.com/southern-lights-electric-original-bell-jar-table-lamp/ Fri, 20 Jul 2018 04:00:05 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=80899 The Southern Lights Electric Original Bell Jar Table Lamp

The Original Bell Jar Table Lamp by Southern Lights Electric uses a large Edison bulb to give the same warm light that lit the workshops, factories, garages, and speakeasies of the 20th century. The lamp measures in at 8.5″ high by 5″ wide, with a 48″ white cloth covered cord, an antique-style brass socket, and...

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The Southern Lights Electric Original Bell Jar Table Lamp

The Original Bell Jar Table Lamp by Southern Lights Electric uses a large Edison bulb to give the same warm light that lit the workshops, factories, garages, and speakeasies of the 20th century.

The lamp measures in at 8.5″ high by 5″ wide, with a 48″ white cloth covered cord, an antique-style brass socket, and a removable glass dome. Light is provided by a 30 Watt Edison-style bulb with a Marconi filament pattern and a 3000+ hour lifespan. New bulbs can be bought direct from Southern Lights Electric for $9 apiece, and they can be used internationally, with mains voltages varying between 120v and 240v.

Southern Lights Electric is an American company based in Nashville that makes traditional lighting, both for private customers and large scale industrial projects. The Original Bell Jar Table Lamp has a solid American Walnut base which is precision milled and fitted with a hand-silkscreened nameplate applied in their Nashville based studio.

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Southern Lights Electric Original Bell Jar Table Lamp Patent Drawing

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Boeing 747 Wheel Table by Plane Industries https://silodrome.com/boeing-747-wheel-table-plane-industries/ Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:00:41 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=81052 Boeing 747 Wheel Table by Plane Industries

This Boeing 747 Wheel Table by Plane Industries is more or less exactly what it says on the tin – it’s an authentic Boeing 747 alloy wheel that’s been meticulously rebuilt into what is undeniably one of the greatest coffee tables money can buy. Each wheel is sourced directly from the airline industry, wheels that...

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Boeing 747 Wheel Table by Plane Industries

This Boeing 747 Wheel Table by Plane Industries is more or less exactly what it says on the tin – it’s an authentic Boeing 747 alloy wheel that’s been meticulously rebuilt into what is undeniably one of the greatest coffee tables money can buy.

Each wheel is sourced directly from the airline industry, wheels that have spent thousands of hours in service are selected, before having their two halves separated and chemically stripped.

Once the two halves of the alloy wheel have been taken back to bare metal they’re painstakingly polished for over 100 hours to a mirror finish. The inside of the table is powder-coated black, and a 40 inch piece of toughened and polished 8mm glass sits on top.

The completed coffee table measures in at 510mm high, by 610mm wide. The glass is 1100mm in diameter, and it weighs in at 70 kilograms.

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Boeing 747 Wheel Table Plane Industries

Boeing 747 Wheel Table Plane Industries

Boeing 747 Wheel Table Plane Industries

Boeing 747 Wheel Table Plane Industries

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The BaughbLabs Aluminum Pen – Machined From A Solid 6061-T6 Aluminum Rod https://silodrome.com/baugh-labs-aluminum-pen/ Wed, 11 Jul 2018 04:00:33 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=80974 The BaughbLabs Aluminum Pen – Machined From A Solid 6061-T6 Aluminum Rod

The BaughbLabs Aluminum Pen was designed to be the last pen you’ll ever need to buy. It was developed by architect Robert Isaac to have no breakable clicking or moving elements other than the screw down end, and each pen is individually milled from a solid 3/8″ diameter 6061-T6 aluminum alloy rod. 6061-T6 aluminum alloy is used in applications where...

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The BaughbLabs Aluminum Pen – Machined From A Solid 6061-T6 Aluminum Rod

The BaughbLabs Aluminum Pen was designed to be the last pen you’ll ever need to buy.

It was developed by architect Robert Isaac to have no breakable clicking or moving elements other than the screw down end, and each pen is individually milled from a solid 3/8″ diameter 6061-T6 aluminum alloy rod.

6061-T6 aluminum alloy is used in applications where exceedingly high strength and low weight are critical – such as the aircraft, aerospace, and weapons industries.

The alloy is a combination of aluminum, with small amounts of magnesium, silicon, copper, iron, chromium, zinc, manganese, and titanium – some in amounts of less than 0.1%, but each critical for strength, hardness, and resistance to shearing.

Robert designed the pen to use one of the most easily sourced ink refills in the world – the Parker gel rollerball. To reload you unscrew the end of the pen and remove the ink refill and its small spring, replace it, and screw down the top.

Due to the fact that the pen is machined from a solid rod rather than a thin-walled tube it has a light but solid hand feel and is well balanced. The minimalism of the design will appeal to many, but perhaps the fact that it’ll never break will be its most appealing feature.

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BaughLabs Aluminum Pen Open

Images by Dragon Papillon

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1955 Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special https://silodrome.com/jaguar-xk-140-maurice-gomm-special/ Tue, 03 Jul 2018 08:01:08 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=80008 1955 Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special

The Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special isn’t a car that you would think is in anyway related to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the World Rally Championship winning Ford Escorts, the Le Mans winning GT40s, or 1960s-era Formula One and Can-Am cars. But it is. Maurice “Mo” Gomm Maurice “Mo” Gomm was one of the most respected...

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1955 Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special

The Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special isn’t a car that you would think is in anyway related to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the World Rally Championship winning Ford Escorts, the Le Mans winning GT40s, or 1960s-era Formula One and Can-Am cars. But it is.

Maurice “Mo” Gomm

Maurice “Mo” Gomm was one of the most respected and prolific race car constructors, metal workers, and panel beaters in the United Kingdom in the ’60s and ’70s. He got his start during the Second World War first as a dispatch rider, and then working in factories building bombers for use by the Royal Air Force.

By the time the war ended Mo had developed remarkable skill at shaping and working with metal, particularly lightweight aluminum alloys, and he was able to put this to good use in the construction of countless race and championship winning race cars including Graham Hill’s Indianapolis 500 winning Lola, Jackie Stewart’s Tyrell 001, Nelson Piquet’s Ralt F3, the Ford GT40s, and most (if not all) of the McLaren Can Am cars.

The most popular vehicles to come out of the workshop of Mo Gomm were the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang cars, he created five chassis and bodies – one for each transformation the car would go through during the film. Alan Mann would add many of the bells and whistles to finish the cars off, and such is the enduring popularity of the film that these are remembered as some of the most famous cars in cinematic history.

Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special

The Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special

The Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special started out as an altogether different car, it was commissioned from Paul Emery by Sir Waterlow as a personal race car to compete in weekend races across Britain in 1955. They originally used a 1938 Grand Prix Alta Monoplace chassis, fitted with a 2.6 liter Aston Martin DB2 engine.

The design of the body took some cues from the Aston Martin DB2 and some other cars from the era – but it’s its own machine, with a body shaped by hand. The early competition life of the car is largely a mystery, all we know is that it was discovered in rather poor condition in the late 1980s, though thanks to its alloy construction, the body was rust free.

The decision was made to separate the body and chassis – the 1938 Grand Prix Alta was restored back to its original monoposto configuration, and it can now be seen regularly taking part in vintage motor sport competition.

Jaguar XK140 Engine

The body was kept in storage for many years until Charles Fripp (a Jaguar XK specialist from Twyford Moors) had the idea of fitting it to an XK 140 chassis, as the wheelbase was practically the same. He sourced a Jaguar XK140 chassis/engine from the same year, 1955, and set about building the car paying great attention to develop it in the same way it would have been developed in 1955.

The XK140 engine was moved backwards in the chassis to offer better weight distribution, and the bonnet was curved up before being modified with twin “nostril” hood vents to allow better cooling and breathing. The engine was rebuilt to competition specification by Sigma engineering, then mated to an E-Type gearbox with a heavy duty clutch. Power is sent back through a limited-slip differential and there’s adjustable dampers and stiffer polyurethane bushings on all four corners.

The completed car weighs in at just 900 kilograms, and in proper Le Mans specification the XK engine is capable of over 250 hp, so the Maurice Gomm Special has performance not dissimilar to the Jaguar C and D-types, or the Aston Martin DB3S. If you’d like to read more about the car or register to bid you can click here to visit the listing on Artcurial.

Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special

Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special

Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special

Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special

Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special

Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special

Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special

Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special

Knock Off Wire Wheels

Jaguar XK140 Engine 2

Jaguar XK140 Engine 1

Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special VIN Plate

Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special Interior

Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special

Jaguar XK 140 Maurice Gomm Special

Moto Lita Steering Wheel

Photos © Tim Scott Fluid Images courtesy of Artcurial

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And Now For Something Completely Different: Drag-U-La – The Munster Drag Car https://silodrome.com/drag-u-la-munsters/ Fri, 29 Jun 2018 06:01:04 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=79810 And Now For Something Completely Different: Drag-U-La – The Munster Drag Car

Drag-U-La is a fully-operational drag car designed by Tom Daniel and built by George Barris and his team in 1964. It was restored in more recent years to fulfill the wish of Al Lewis (Grandpa Munster), who wanted to see the car one last time before he passed away. The restoration was completed in time, and...

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And Now For Something Completely Different: Drag-U-La – The Munster Drag Car

Drag-U-La is a fully-operational drag car designed by Tom Daniel and built by George Barris and his team in 1964. It was restored in more recent years to fulfill the wish of Al Lewis (Grandpa Munster), who wanted to see the car one last time before he passed away.

The restoration was completed in time, and the car was taken to Lewis’ home where he got to see it again, although by this time he was unable to climb in as his health was ailing. Lewis passed away a short time later, and the car was sent to be displayed in pride of place at the Planet Hollywood in Atlantic City.

Cash Under The Table – Sourcing An Illicit Coffin

The design called for Drag-U-La to be built using an actual coffin, but in California at the time it was illegal to sell a coffin without a death certificate.

Richard “Korky” Korkes managed to arrange a cash under the table deal with a funeral home in North Hollywood – the funeral director took an envelope of cash and in return, he left a coffin outside the back door of the parlor later that night.

Korky and the Barris team were then able to swing by and pick it up, loading it into the back of a pick up truck and disappearing into the night – if anyone had seen them they would have looked like body snatchers.

Drag-U-La Munster Drag Car

Building the Drag-U-La

Once the illicit coffin was back in the Barris garage a new chassis was fabricated for it. It was decided that the finished car would need to look and perform like the AA/FD drag cars of the era, so the driver was positioned behind the engine hanging off the rear of the axle, with the differential nestled worryingly closely to the driver’s delicate nether regions.

A modified 350 hp 289 cubic inch V8 from a Ford Mustang was sourced and fitted twin 4-barrel carburetors mounted on a Mickey Thompson Ram-Thrust manifold. The engine was paired with a 4-speed manual gearbox, and in order to get the power down to the ground, a pair of 10.50″ Firestone racing slicks, mounted on 10″ Rader wheels.

Once the car was built the decoration could begin, The Munsters being what it was meant that the car needed a kitch-graveyard look. Up at the front they fitted a tombstone with the inscription “Born 1367, Died ?”, in the show they explain that this is the license plate “from the old country”.

Exhaust pipes that look like pipe organs exit high from each side, there are lanterns front and back by way of head and brake lights, and there’ a Perspex bubble with “Drag-U-La” emblazoned across the back.

Drag-U-La Munster Drag Car

The Drag-U-La Onscreen

The Drag-U-La would appear on just one episode titled “Hot Rod Herman”, the storyline was that Grandpa Munster need it to win a race, to win back the Munster Coach (also built by George Barris).

In 1966 there was a Munster feature film, and the Drag-U-La would make a popular re-appearance, again needing to win a race. After its onscreen appearances the car was put into storage by George Barris, though it would live on in popular culture, Rob Zombie included a song called “Drag-U-La” in his album Hellbilly Deluxe, and the car was a drivable vehicle in the computer games Twisted Metal 4 and Carmageddon: TDR 2000.

Buy The Drag-U-La

For the first time in years the Drag-U-La is due to come up for public sale at the Mecum Harrisburg Auction, it’s autographed by George Barris, Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) and Pat Priest (Marilyn Munster), licensed by Universal Studios, and it’s in full working order.

There’s currently no estimated value, but if you want to live out the childhood fantasy that many of us had watching reruns of the show in the ’80s, you’ll need to make your way to Harrisburg at the beginning of August. You can click here to view the listing or register to bid.

Drag-U-La Munster Drag Car

Drag-U-La Munster Drag Car

Drag-U-La Munster Drag Car

Drag-U-La Munster Drag Car

Drag-U-La Munster Drag Car V8 Engine

Drag-U-La Munster Drag Car Cockpit

Drag-U-La Munster Drag Car Cockpit

Drag-U-La Munster Drag Car

Drag-U-La Munster Drag Car

Images courtesy of Mecum

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Vintage Ural Motorcycle Table Lamp by The Modern Weld https://silodrome.com/motorcycle-lamp-modern-weld/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:00:49 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=78749 Vintage Ural Motorcycle Table Lamp by The Modern Weld

The Modern Weld is a small company based in Columbus, Ohio who’ve made a name for themselves creating a beautiful series of table, desk, and floor lamps that utilize genuine vintage motorcycle and scooter headlights. This lamp is made using an original, vintage Ural headlight. Ural motorcycles (typically fitted with sidecars) are famous for their...

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Vintage Ural Motorcycle Table Lamp by The Modern Weld

The Modern Weld is a small company based in Columbus, Ohio who’ve made a name for themselves creating a beautiful series of table, desk, and floor lamps that utilize genuine vintage motorcycle and scooter headlights.

This lamp is made using an original, vintage Ural headlight. Ural motorcycles (typically fitted with sidecars) are famous for their long history and their WWII BMW heritage, and the company has made quite a comeback in recent years, now selling modern versions of their classic motorcycles in the USA, Europe, and further afield.

This headlight has been freshly painted black, it has a modern LED bulb for power savings, and a red cloth covered cord. The original ignition key now turns the lamp on and off, and the lamp has heavy duty wooden legs, with chrome fittings, and an adjustable neck.

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Vintage Ural Motorcycle Table Lamp

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1970 Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge N007 https://silodrome.com/tupolev-a-3-aerosledge/ Mon, 18 Jun 2018 05:01:42 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=78754 1970 Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge N007

The Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge The Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge is an unusual curiosity from the depths of the cold war, the CIA and MI6 doubtless had thick folders on the craft as it was used for collecting both cosmonauts and crashed pilots in the remote areas of Siberia. Alexei Tupolev of the Tupolev Design Bureau originally developed...

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1970 Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge N007

The Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge

The Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge is an unusual curiosity from the depths of the cold war, the CIA and MI6 doubtless had thick folders on the craft as it was used for collecting both cosmonauts and crashed pilots in the remote areas of Siberia.

Alexei Tupolev of the Tupolev Design Bureau originally developed the Tupolev A-3 in the early 1960s, the first production A-3 was delivered in 1964. The main problem that the Aerosledge had been built to solve was the difficulty of reaching remote communities and military bases in the wide frozen expanses of Russia’s wild eastern region.

Roads in Sibera are of limited use in the winter due to snowfall, and rivers freeze over for months at a time. Alexei Tupolev had been tasked with designing a vehicle to overcome these seemingly insurmountable obstacles – and he knew it couldn’t be an aircraft, as frequent storms, blizzards, and white outs would make it all but impossible to fly for days or even weeks at a time.

The design that Alexei and his engineers settled on was the aerosledge, a craft not dissimilar in function and design to the airboats commonly seen in the Florida Everglades and the Louisiana bayous. Unlike airboats, the Aerosledge has an enclosed fuselage and a bottom designed to operate on snow and ice as well as water.

Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge

The Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge – Engine – Frame – Construction – Speed

The first A-3 built in the 1960s were powered by a 100 hp M-11 5-cylinder air-cooled radial engine in a pusher configuration, later A-3s were fitted with a 260 hp AI-14R radial mounted on a shock-absorbing tubular frame, with a cowling to cover the oil tank and pipes for the lubrication system.

The Tupolev Design Bureau is best known for designing aircraft, and they didn’t stray far from their roots with the A-3. The craft has a aircraft-type frame constructed with longerons, ribs, and stringers onto which D-16 Duraluminium (an aluminum alloy) are riveted – ensuring that it’s both strong and lightweight.

The underside has replaceable panels of low friction 3.5 mm polyethylene attached, with three stainless-steel runners mounted to the hull base. Incredibly, the Tupolev A-3 has a draft of no more than 2 inches even when fully loaded.

Directional control is provided by twin rudders designed to vector thrust from the propeller, allowing the Aerosledge to turn even when not moving forwards. If the pilot pulls the yoke towards his or her chest, the rudders both rotate outwards into the airflow to act as an airbrake.

The latter 260 hp version of the Aerosledge was capable of 120 km/h on the snow and nearly 70 km/h on water – a vast improvement on the speeds that had previously been possible using tracked vehicles.

Over the course of its early ’60s to early ’80s production run, it’s thought that over 800 A-3 were built. Many have since been scrapped and there are very few surviving and functional examples left – possibly also due to the hard life they lived in some of the most inhospitable terrain on earth.

Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge

The Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge Shown Here

The A-3 you see here has had one significant upgrade that were never available from the factory – it’s powered by a Vedeneyev M14P air-cooled supercharged 9-cylinder radial aircraft engine with a displacement of 10.16 liters, twin propellers, and 360 hp.

Now licensed with the cold war appropriate tag N007, this Aerosledge was extradited from the USSR during perestroika, its fuselage was comprehensively restored by hand by a German specialist, and its engine rebuilt in Bacau, Romania.

Since crossing the Atlantic (not under its own power) and taking up residence in the USA it’s won the “Corinthian Awards”, awarded at the “Keels and Wheels” concours d’elegance, at Houston, in 2006.

It’s now being offered for sale by Artcurial on the 19th of June in Paris, the estimated hammer price is listed as €140,000 to €200,000. If you’d like to read more about it or register to bid you can click here.

Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge

Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge

Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge

Tuploev Radial Engine

Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge

Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge

Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge

Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge

Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge

Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge

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The NASA Saturn V Rocket Owners’ Workshop Manual https://silodrome.com/nasa-saturn-v-owners-workshop-manual/ Sat, 16 Jun 2018 05:00:13 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=78334 The NASA Saturn V Rocket Owners’ Workshop Manual

The NASA Saturn V Owners’ Workshop Manual is a comprehensive guide to the world’s most famous rocket, best known for its role in sending the Apollo missions, including Apollo 11, to the Moon. Each Saturn V launch cost $185 million in 1960s dollars, that’s over $1.1 billion today, the rocket had a payload to LEO of...

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The NASA Saturn V Rocket Owners’ Workshop Manual

The NASA Saturn V Owners’ Workshop Manual is a comprehensive guide to the world’s most famous rocket, best known for its role in sending the Apollo missions, including Apollo 11, to the Moon.

Each Saturn V launch cost $185 million in 1960s dollars, that’s over $1.1 billion today, the rocket had a payload to LEO of 310,000 lbs (140,000 kgs) or 155 US tons – that’s the equivalent of 103 1965 Ford Mustangs.

The Saturn V was used by NASA between 1967 and 1973 and it remains the only launch vehicle to carry humans beyond low Earth orbit – although hopefully that last feat will be repeated sooner rather than later.

The Haynes NASA Saturn V Owners’ Workshop Manual runs 176 pages long and includes a staggering amount of information, including highly-detailed engineering diagrams and period images – making it an essential buy for any space geek. It’s also a great conversation piece to leave on your coffee table.

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Official Description:

Few launch vehicles are as iconic and distinctive as NASA’s behemoth rocket, the Saturn V, and none left such a lasting impression on those who watched it ascend. Developed with the specific brief to send humans to the Moon, it pushed rocketry to new scales.

Its greatest triumph is that it achieved its goal repeatedly with an enviable record of mission success. Haynes’ Saturn V Manual tells the story of this magnificent and hugely powerful machine. It explains how each of the vehicle’s three stages worked; Boeing’s S-IC first stage with a power output as great as the UK’s peak electricity consumption, North American Aviation’s S-II troubled second stage, Douglas’s workhorse S-IVB third stage with its instrument unit brain – as much a spacecraft as a rocket.

From the decision to build it to the operation of its engines’ valves and pumps, this lavishly illustrated and deeply informative book offers a deeper appreciation of the amazing Saturn V.

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