The engines push instead of pull— Three wheels for short alighting; Two cannon and machine guns too, Keep Airacuda fighting!
Can The Past Be Awakened-- --and THE PURPOSE OF OUR LIVES KNOWN? WERE THE ANCIENTS RIGHT? Does the whirling heart of an atom contain the secret of the universe? If everything from a grain of sand to the mighty stars—including man—is composed of atoms, do these particles contain the infinite intelligence which ordained and directs all things? Shall man at last find within them his true purpose in the scheme of things?
The United States government is again using "Prestone" anti-freeze to provide one-shot protection for Army and Navy equipment. Your planes, your ships, your tanks, squad cars, trucks and torpedo patrol boats will he protected by the antifreeze that does not boil away.
U-boat warfare, a menace now, will become even more brutal with this flame-throwing sub! by Captain James Poole A NEW refinement—if that's the word-on that deadly menace, the submarine, in which the U-boat is enabled to come to the surface and destroy whole fleets of enemy craft with a sheet of all-enveloping flame, has been perfected and tested in California by John Edwin Hogg, a frequent contributor to Mechanix Illustrated on military and naval subjects.
When The Army Moves Life Moves With It! ANY proof you might need that Uncle Sam is developing a mobile army can be found in these pictures, taken on maneuvers. When the camp moves all the conveniences move with it, including the commissary, at right, the sterilization unit, left below, the blacksmith shop, below, right, [...]
Giant Mt. Rushmore Memorial Completed HUGE faces of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt carved atop 6,200-foot Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota were recently completed, after 14 years of blasting and chiseling by famed Gutzon Borglum. The faces are of a size proportionate to men 465 feet tall. Borglum died last [...]
by Ronald Banks LET'S suppose that when you awoke this morning, you had a burning desire to own a reticulated giraffe. Or a greater or lesser hill mynah. Or maybe a black-headed sibia. How would you go about acquiring one of these items? Would you organize an expedition, and, with gun and camera, go trailing off into the jungles somewhere in search of your prize? Would you look up one of the Ringling boys, to see if he had any left-over spare parts? Or would you write to your congressman?
If you think the world's falling apart, read about the miracles of science America's younger generation is performing! by S. J. Johnson IF THE bones of departed spirits actually do turn in their graves, someone ought to read this story near the tomb of Robert Fulton; if this were done, old Bob probably would spin in his coffin like a whirling dervish. For this is a story about young people whose ideas are way ahead of the times but who, instead of being laughed at, actually are encouraged to get to work on them!
This is the Tucker Combat Car, designed by Preston Tucker. Previously posted here as well. 114-M.P.H. Anti-Aircraft Combat Car In Production AN INNOVATION in defense against enemy aircraft is this “mobile anti-aircraft fortress,” now being manufactured for the U. S. Army by a Michigan firm. Unlike the usual aircraft defense battery, which can get but [...]
To produce weapons, we must give up many "daily necessities." Here's the story of the sacrifices we must make. by W. M. Kimball MAYBE you've noticed it already. There isn't any opener tucked into your box of beer in cans. There's a slight yellowish tinge to your white wrapping paper. And your wife's nylon hose have lisle tops. These straws show which way the wind is blowing American necessities. The wind is the war with its submarines, its terrific demand for ships and goods, its overwhelming shakeup of American industry—a new mechanical revolution that will affect civilization for years to come.
Treating A Big Gun’s “Sore Throat” BIG guns on the battleship bark their songs of death—and soon develop sore throats. Then they must go to the doctor for care. In the Battle of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, British Men O’ War rarely go through more than one engagement without having to return to the [...]
One Way To Get There! THE Edward Joneses and their year-old baby made the 1,591 mile trip from Chicago to Miami, Fla., in perfect comfort—so they say—in this strange vehicle. It is a dual bicycle joined by a welded frame.
Sculpture is easy with this new European technique. All you need to know is how to take a good photograph. ALL you need to be an expert sculptor these days is a good camera—or rather a pair of cameras! With a new technique recently devised in Switzerland, it now is possible to make amazingly accurate sculptured likenesses of yourself and your friends simply by snapping a photograph, superimposing the image on a mound of clay, and then whittling it down to size. Here's the way it's done: Two cameras are placed side-by-side as shown in the illustration, with the person whose image is to be created seated in focus before the lens. Alongside the two cameras is a machine which projects a screen on the model's face.
Hume workshop hobbyists who own drill presses will find the new auxiliary work table shown at right extremely useful. The top is made of heavy gauge steel permanently bonded to a plywood base. Fits any type drill press. Comes complete with anchor studs, threaded bushings, irregular shaping pin and special pivoting fence with wing nut clamp. Provides a large, flat working surface for all operations. The new type slip-stream deflectors above are said to keep the car's windshield clear of all foreign substances. Fastened in front of the windshield, they turn the airstream and dirt aside.
One-Man Chorus All By Himself! PROFESSOR F. A. FIRESTONE of the University of Michigan demonstrates a device which gives him ten voices. He places a curved glass tube in his mouth and goes through the motions of singing, while he plays a nova-chord. An electrical field translates his unsung words into the sound of the [...]
by Thomas J. Naughton The Klystron, greatest radio advance, transmits energy without use of wires! LIKE schoolboys in a classroom, more than 100 deans and professors of Eastern universities stood in a laboratory of the Westing-house plant at Bloomfield, N. J. Each of the learned gentlemen held in his hand a light-bulb with a few inches of bare wire attached; all of them expectantly watched the Westing-house engineer who was tinkering with two small doughnut-shaped, contraptions, connected to a six-foot loudspeaker-like horn, at the front of the room. The engineer straightened up.
Three-Dimensional Sound for the Home Three-dimensional sound, the effect created for Walt Disney’s film Fantasia, now can be duplicated in the home with a new multi-speaker radio on the market. A portion of the audio output of the chassis in the new set is fed back into the lighting circuit; extra speakers then may be [...]
Because every baby carriage needs a large sheet of glass built into it. Can’t see what could go wrong there… For Not Crying Out Loud! THE newest thing in baby carriage attachments is this mirror built into the hood. When mother must leave baby alone in his perambulator, she swings the mirror down in front [...]
ACE TO THE RESCUE THE old habit, in vogue when mother was a bathing beauty, of going to the beach to be rescued by a handsome lifeguard, is now out-of-date. Today’s pretty swimmer—at least, in California—trains the dog to do her rescuing. Here you see Ace, a year-old Alsatian shepherd dog, who was trained to [...]
The article that forecast “bat wings” was posted here “Bat-Men” Troops Join California State Guard Major MALCOM WHEELER – NICHOLSON, military expert, forecast the use of circus “bat-wings” for parachute troops, in the August issue of Mechanix Illustrated. Now, as a preliminary test, the California State Guard has organized just such a unit of [...]
First Beamless Steel Building MADE entirely of “dished” plates of steel only 3/16 of an inch thick, this building was put up without any beams or other ordinary type of support. It is called “egg-shell type” construction. Measuring 108 feet in diameter and 28 feet high, the building is fireproof and soundproof and insulated throughout. [...]
by Bill Williams THE Eskimos call them "the dancing souls of the dead." The ancient Norsemen said they were Valkyries carrying warriors to Valhalla. Modem scientists call them a "celestial strip-tease." But communication engineers call the Northern Lights a plain pain in the neck. The Northern Lights—the Aurora Borealis —have been the subject of superstition and folk-lore for ages. There have been tales as fabulous as the eerie lights themselves—of immense radium mines in the Arctic that glow at night, of frigid goddesses of the glacial ice, of vast fires that bum beyond the rim of the earth. So long as the ghostly Gay White Way of the Heavens did nothing more to disturb us than frighten a few superstitious people, scientists paid no particular attention to them.
Huh? Oh, the vacuum! She’s Glad She Saved It THIS strange vacuum cleaner is 40 years old, and Mrs. Carl Gifford, of Duanesburg, N. Y., still uses it in her daily housework. With war shortages making new vacuum cleaners scarce, Mrs. Gifford is glad she has it—only it pumps harder than a broom!
Here are some original suggestions for attractive home Christmas displays. by Earle Gage THIS holiday season, as never before, homes and communities throughout the land will burst forth into magical greeting, as home craftsmen fabricate and illuminate new and brilliant displays. The festive spirit of the season and the gay atmosphere of gala events will live in sparkling, colorful lights. Holiday lighting presents unlimited opportunities for the home craftsman to exercise his imagination and ingenuity. Standard wired materials and lamps lend themselves to many combinations to give new designs and arrangements of displays, both inside and outside homes.
New Christmas Toys Declare All-Out War A GENERATION of mothers and fathers, most of whom were determined a few years ago that they “wouldn’t raise their boys to be soldiers,” find themselves confronted this year with a selection of Christmas toys almost exclusively of a war-like nature. The toy-makers explain that the children demand them—and [...]