JET-STYLED model liner (Mar, 1957)

JET-STYLED model liner designed by German Dieter Jansen is powered by six miniature diesel engines. Ship can be radar guided and is said to travel 60 mph on calm water.

8 comments
  1. Scott says: December 23, 200812:31 am

    Somebody please tell me why this was never built … because it looks wicked cool to me! (Although it looks more like something from 1937, not 1957.)

  2. aerohydro says: December 23, 200812:45 am

    This is very similar in concept to the craft that had been proposed some 25 years before:

    http://blog.modernmecha…

  3. Scott says: December 23, 200811:01 am

    Now that I think about it, I’d bet the engine noise would make deck activities unbearable. I still maintain that it’s a cool LOOKING concept!

  4. Rick says: December 23, 20082:28 pm

    I’m wondering how it would perform in heavy seas. I don’t think those outboard engines would tolerate taking a dip as it rolls port to starboard in a blow. Of course it’s just a model but a full size craft like that would be pretty tricky to operate on the North Atlantic, I would guess.

    Rick

  5. Eliyahu says: December 23, 20086:35 pm

    Does look cool, but I’m not sure how much enthusiasm they would get for a cruise ship where the passengers are stuck inside for the whole trip.

  6. jayessell says: December 24, 20082:00 pm

    Scott… It looks a lot like the S.S. Gigantic from the W.C. Fields/Bob Hope movie
    “The Big Broadcast of 1938″.

    (Dang… Still no postable photos!)

  7. Torgo says: December 24, 20088:39 pm

    It looks a lot like the SS Gigantic. But it doesn’t have “radio power.”

    The Soviets pursued a similar idea called Ground Effect Vehicles
    http://en.wikipedia.org…

  8. Essjay says: December 26, 20087:50 pm

    Nothing says “jet-styled” like GIANT PROPELLERS! Though I shouldn’t complain, it is super-cool.

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