Strange Vehicles.

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  1. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    Just putting Boston's peculiar unidentified machine from 'name that vehicle in here so I can find it more easily:
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    It's got 'Scorpion' written on it.
    We think it's British.
    It seems to have had an outboard motor.
    It definitely qualifies as a 'strange vehicle'.
    (I can't even work out how the wheel arrangement works...)

    Just found some more info.. after my amphibious search marathon.. From 'The Observer's Fighting Vehicles Directory of World War II' by Bart Vanderveen The Opperman Scorpion was a private venture, designed to be either a small armoured vehicle or 30-cwt load carrier, It had two wheels in the centre, overlapping smaller ones fore and aft, and a single wheel mid-front and mid-rear. Water propulsion of this most unusual vehicle was by out board motor.
     
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    Bodston Little Willy

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  3. von Poop

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  4. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    A selection from the Dirty '30s
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    [​IMG] You gotta love the jungle yacht
     
  5. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    Did some follow up on this fascinating monster. This website seems to have the business. Including film of it in action. Snowcruiser
     
  6. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Did some follow up on this fascinating monster. This website seems to have the business. Including film of it in action. Snowcruiser
    I hadn't registered the scale of the thing.
    Massive!
     
  7. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    I know, it looks for all the world like a Gerry Anderson model. I Couldn't believe that they actually built and ran it.
     
  8. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

  9. von Poop

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  11. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Great shot....there's only one left? Well, not many were made, of course.

    I recall that the drivers were engineers, the gunners from the artillery, and the engine crew from the Navy, and they had a tendency to break down and overheat. Not very effective.

    Very glad a reproduction was made. Now we need photos and a war movie! :)
    No movie sadly but the always good Panzermuseum.com now has some decent shots and an article on the German A7V Replica:
    Panzermuseum.com - A7V Assault Tank
    (And are in the process of sorting many more pictures in general by the look of things.)
     
  12. von Poop

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    Is it a car?
    Is it a plane?
    No!
    It's a wartime prototype Tatra V855 sledge:
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    From the rather good:
    www.tatraworld.nl
     
  13. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    You'd look stylish in it Adam, sliding across the snowy hills, dreadlocks blowing in the breeze.
     
  14. von Poop

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    It may just have generated enough breeze to move the plank my locks had basically become... but possibly not....

    All gone now... :eek:
     
  15. WHITLEYMAN

    WHITLEYMAN Junior Member

    I hope that ass is not loaded.(wouldn't want an accidental discharge!)
     
  16. WHITLEYMAN

    WHITLEYMAN Junior Member

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    I found this on ww2incolour - the original V-weapon?
    Extraordinary!
     
  17. WHITLEYMAN

    WHITLEYMAN Junior Member

    What with the current unrest between certain motorcycle gangs,I hope this doesn't give anyone ideas!
     
  18. WHITLEYMAN

    WHITLEYMAN Junior Member

    Luckily, some things don't get past the drawing board:

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    A manned pandjandrum! Glad this one never made it to Normany (either)!
     
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  20. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Have we had the Soviet Jet train yet?

    Soviet Union techonlogy had some interesting ideas back in the day. Here is one from 1970s where two jet engines from Yak-40 airplane were put on a train car so it could reach speeds of up to 250km/h which is around 180mph

    >>> Soviet Union jet train…
     

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