THE Navy's PT (patrol torpedo) boats created an unexpected niche for themselves in WWII. In the Pacific, they were used almost entirely as gunboats, doing much damage to Japanese coastal supply lines. Consequently, now the Navy is thinking of them as torpedo-gunboats with torpedoes which can be replaced speedily with guns.
PIN-UP CAR – 1939 Bugatti 57S Owner: Thomas Butler Folsom, Pasadena, Calif. Original cost: $25,000 (including duty). Engine: straight 8, double overhead cam with Roots direct blower, 210 hp. Body: aluminum, hand made by Ganglof, Colmar, France. Interior: Australian black kid. Finish: Bugatti red, black top. Wheelbase: 130 inches. Miles per gallon: 15. Top speed: [...]
After two thousand years modern design is applied to the old game of chess. CHESS, going back into ancient history, got its present name from the Persian word, Shah, meaning King. Its origin has been ascribed to the Greeks, Romans, Babylonians, Scythians, Egyptians, Persians, Chinese, Hindus, Arabians, Irish, Welsh and the Castilians, and it is mentioned in history as far back as 200 B.C.
Alarming Glasses set off a buzzer near the ear of the motorist as soon as his eyes remain closed longer than normally. Thin steel wire is attached to the frame and remains in close contact with the eyelids. Spectacles were exhibited at the Frankfort Automobile Show in Germany.
Uranium Test Kit designed to fit in your pocket, will make a positive identification in five minutes. Chemical bead is formed on wire, fused with crushed ore, then examined for lemon-yellow fluorescence under Ultra-Violet light. Menlo Lab., Menlo Park, Calif. Dust Collector made from four tank-type vacuum cleaners measures soil erosion in conservation research at Kansas State College. The portable wind tunnel, rear, starts the dust flying. Samples are taken at four different heights in tunnel.
As America's war production speeds up, great opportunities are arising for the little guy with a workbench. By Norman A. Schorr HOME workshops are fun but they can also be moneymakers—million-dollar moneymakers! Thousands of hobbyists made millions of dollars during the last war applying their skills to the making of desperately needed machine parts. Well, the nation is arming again and your opportunity to turn your home lathe to better use is here.
Navy's Newest Copter is the Kaman HTK-1 eggbeater with two intermeshing rotors. It is easy to fly and exceptionally stable. Photo at upper left shows blower for engine cooling and servo-tab on rotor blade used for control in flight. Land-Anywhere Plane is a Piper Cub exported to Rome, Italy where Count Giovanni Bonmartini attached his trick landing gear. It is a tank-track type which enables the plane to land on rough terrain. It fits any small plane.
Here's a pastime so unusual that only one person in the whole universe can practice it. And nobody has managed to do so yet. By Lester David IF you've got about $15 million to spare, here's your chance to become the world's first and only rariatrician! What is a rariatrician? Well, don't rush to your dictionary because you won't find it there. In fact, we just invented the word. But, if there were such a creature as a rariatrician, he'd be the world's Number One Hobbyist.
My game-fish-canning idea is now a big business. Sportsmen say ii answers every fisherman's prayer. By Phillip Thurmond as told to Lee Edson THERE may be fishermen who duck at the sight of a game warden but I'm not one of them. Wardens are my best friends. In fact, I wouldn't be in my present unusual business if it hadn't been for the imagination and encouragement of the marine warden of Eureka, California.
CHICAGO boasts of a banker who not only works at banking, but plays at it, too. He is Morton Bodfish, Chairman of the Board of the First Savings and Loan Association, and his leisure-time hobby is bank collecting . . . penny banks which have inspired thrift in young and old throughout our nation's history.
By Harold Pallatz PICTURED above is only one of the possible applications of the modified wartime sniperscope. This unit, called a snooperscope, is an enlarged version of the instrument used by GI riflemen to enable accurate fire power in total darkness. When the infrared light source is turned on, the user, by employing the special eyepiece, can see in the area covered by the light, although to the naked eye total darkness still prevails.
HOLLYWOOD, land of anything-can-happen, has a whole ocean full of ships smack in the middle of an MGM lot. It's a man-made lake, S-shape, measuring 1,200 feet from the colonial village at one end to the jungle creek at the other. Its fleet includes everything from a Maori lumber barge to an oldtime Mississippi showboat.
BATTLING BOSSIES RECENTLY, the hardy peasants of the Rhone valley gathered in snow-capped Martigny, Switzerland, to witness an amazing spectacle. To the sound of cheering crowds and martial music, 100 bovine beauties marched through the streets to the local stadium to face their- supreme test. For, with the thaw had come the return of cow [...]
Paper Dali KENNETH J. Carr of Brighton, England, is a sculptor with a technique which distinguishes him from all others of his breed; he works in paper. For years Carr was employed as a commercial artist turning out posters, layouts and displays. One day his wife read to him of a new trend in paper [...]
That's how the Airborne gets there "fustest with the mostest" ... on the wings of huge transports carrying the finest fighting men in the U. S. Army. They rate this praise, too. Each one is a volunteer. Each one has had a full course of basic training.. Each one has been polished to perfection in an Army jump school. When they mount that transport, they're ready to go!
Low Price Cooler fits in your window, lowers temperature about 15 degrees by water evaporation and air circulation. It is portable, weighing only 35 lbs. Reservoir contains 4-1/2 gal. Twin fans drive air at 1,500 ft. per min. Price installed is about $70. Palmer Mfg. Corp., Phoenix.
Just dream up a gadget and the Slonim brothers will make you a model. They've already sold over 10 million miniatures to the U.S. armed forces. By Harry Kursh TWO brothers were responsible for the greatest combined Army-Navy catastrophe in America's wartime history. In one day, two U.S. Navy submarines and their supply ship were mistakenly bombed and destroyed by a flight of B-25's. Not far away, a squadron of Navy TBF's was obliterated by a shattering volley from anti-aircraft guns.
Rabbit Yarn THE angora rabbits owned by Mrs. Paul Venne of Penacook, New Hampshire work for their keep. They provide soft fur which she plucks instead of shears to prevent it from matting. This she spins into yarn and knits into such serviceable items as bonnets, berets, gloves and sweaters. And the bunnies don’t seem [...]
America's newest major industry was regarded as a newfangled novelty a decade or so ago. Now it's become strictly big business. By I. B. Neer WITHOUT leaving the wheel of your car you can spend the most amazing vacation of your life this summer. For the drive-in is really thrivin'! Without sliding from behind the steering wheel, you'll be able, to deposit money in a bank, do all your shopping in supermarkets, buy a bouquet of flowers, mail a letter, go to church, pay your gas and electric bills, have prescriptions filled, get your laundry and dry cleaning done, take out insurance, check into a hotel, visit a zoo, have your shoes repaired and buy a bottle of Scotch for the long cool nights.