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On This Date / Re: September (2017)
« Last post by Vermin King on Today at 10:57:31 AM »
September 22, 1893 Charles and Frank Duryea Roll Out First American Automobile

America’s first automobile was not built by a Henry Ford or Walter Chrysler, but by Charles and Frank Duryea, two bicycle makers. Charles spotted a gasoline engine at the 1886 Ohio State Fair and became convinced that an engine-driven carriage could be built. The two brothers designed and built the car together, working in a rented loft in Springfield, Massachusetts. After two years of tinkering, Charles and Frank Duryea showed off their home invention on the streets of Springfield, the first successful run of an automobile in the U.S.
... Today in US Military History

Okay, I know it isn't a very good model, and a lot of artistic license was taken, but I do like the very colorful Shell-Berre models and really wish I'd had access to them when I was little (would like to have mint condition ones now, truth be told).  They were wonderful in that many little-known autos of historical significance were being made known to folks.

You can find Number 28, 1893 Duryea at
On This Date / Re: September (2017)
« Last post by Vermin King on September 21, 2017, 12:11:58 PM »
September 21, 1866 H. G. Wells Born

Herbert George "H. G." Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946)[3] was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and even textbooks and rules for war games. He is now best remembered for his science fiction novels, and Wells is sometimes called the father of science fiction, as are Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback.[4][a] His most notable science fiction works include The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau.
... Wikipedia

The statue above is a tribute to the writer in Woking, England.  The model below is from  Erwin's site is down, but he has another site hosting his models,

As a bit of an aside that I find interesting ...

Seeking a more structured way to play war games, Wells also wrote Floor Games (1911) followed by Little Wars (1913). Little Wars is recognised today as the first recreational war game and Wells is regarded by gamers and hobbyists as "the Father of Miniature War Gaming".[
Builds in Progress / Re: Halloween Haunted (Out) House
« Last post by Vermin King on September 21, 2017, 09:06:30 AM »
A little laugh was the goal.  Version 1 can be glimpsed off to the side.  Only two things wrong with it -- too large to get all the pieces for the main structure on one page, and the door would open to the middle, meaning folks could theoretically run into each other as they were exiting.  I bet Dave knows the feeling, get something designed and all but one piece will fit on one page.  Then the project developed.

This was supposed to be a couple hour light project, but when folks asked for more and asked questions, the curiosity got me.

Anyway, this is a little freebie for Halloween
Builds in Progress / Re: Halloween Haunted (Out) House
« Last post by Dave Winfield on September 20, 2017, 11:56:13 PM »
Holy shit!

made me laugh. Good job!!!
Builds in Progress / Re: Halloween Haunted (Out) House
« Last post by wyatt on September 20, 2017, 10:32:33 PM »
Very clever and well executed VK. The added history is a plus.
Builds in Progress / Halloween Haunted (Out) House
« Last post by Vermin King on September 20, 2017, 04:35:16 PM »
After the huge project of the Ashbrooke-Stein Dodecagon House, I needed to do something stupid.  Hence, the Haunted Privy.

Started out thinking I'd do a privy with a gigantic blue-green cloud behind it, then someone said I needed to have a door open with a specter inside.  Then someone said I needed to have the specter as a separate figure, too.  Then the question of medieval privies even existing came up, and how were they marked.  Then, since I'd wanted to have some roof gargoyles for another project, I thought 'why not'.

As far as medieval privies, they did exist though not common.  Richard II was the first royal to order having them.  They were typically on bridges, outer walls and by gutters and ditches.  They were typically near markets, but not necessarily near churches, which I thought was strange.  Generally people would find a secluded spot, or not.  Nobles caught publicly toileting would be fined and/or stripped of titles.  There were areas which were to never be used, and these were marked by having a big old Templar cross painted on a wall.  Don't go, if you can see it.  That makes me wonder about a typical sight in market towns ... the market cross.  I wonder if this was also a sign of not soiling the merchandise.

In the city of London in the 14th century, there were privy warders, whose task was to maintain the privies.  There are a few mentions of also maintaining 'a planting of mullein'.  Mullein is a soft-leaved plant that commoners and some nobles preferred as a wiping medium.  If the warder maintains the privies and the plantings, I decided that mullein plants were probably an indicator of said building being a privy.

It was fun
On This Date / Re: September (2017)
« Last post by Vermin King on September 20, 2017, 09:46:56 AM »
September 20, 1945 Packard's Last Rolls Royce Merlin Engine

Automotive manufacturers had been at the heart of a seamless war machine during World War II, producing trucks, tanks, and planes at astounding rates. But only after the last shots were fired did auto factories begin to produce cars again, focusing their sights on the booming postwar market. A month after the surrender of Japan, Packard followed the lead of every other company and ceased military production, turning out its last wartime Rolls-Royce Merlin engine on this day.
... ThisDayinUSMilHistory

You can find the model at

On This Date / Re: September (2017)
« Last post by Vermin King on September 19, 2017, 12:04:36 PM »
September 19, 1928  Biff, Bam, Pow! Holy Cheesiness, Batman, Adam West is Born

You can find Dave's 1966 Batmobile at

Man, Dave, you have a huge Batmobile collection now
On This Date / Re: September (2017)
« Last post by Vermin King on September 18, 2017, 09:43:59 AM »
September 18, 1948 First Delta-Winged Aircraft Flies

The first delta-winged aircraft took flight for the first time when Convair test pilot Ellis D. “Sam” Shannon lifted off from Muroc Dry Lake with the prototype Convair XF-92A, serial number 46-682. For 18 minutes he familiarized himself with the new aircraft type. It was powered by an Allison J33-A-21 turbojet engine producing 4,250 pounds of thrust.

Later, with Captain Chuck Yeager flying, the XF-92A reached Mach 1.05.  Yeager found that the airplane’s delta wing made it nearly impossible to stall, even with a 45° angle of attack. He was able to land the airplane at nearly 100 miles per hour slower than the designers had predicted.

The XF-92A was a difficult airplane to fly. NACA test pilot Scott Crossfield commented that there was not a line of pilots waiting to fly it.

The XF-92A was not put into production. It did appear in several motion pictures, including “Toward The Unknown” (one of my favorites). It is in the collection of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This was the first of several Convair delta-winged aircraft, including the F2Y Sea Dart, F-102A Delta Dart and F-106A Delta Dagger supersonic interceptors, and the B-58A Hustler four-engine Mach 2+ strategic bomber.
  ... This Day in Aviation

You can get yours at
Dave's Projects - Dave's Card Creations / Re: Dave's Race Car Collection
« Last post by Dave Winfield on September 16, 2017, 09:40:51 AM »
follow up to the follow up...

along with Hans Stuck's racecar, I also added the sister car,
Chris Amon's white 74 3.0csl

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