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WWII Magazine infographics

Posted in community by flyingfortress on April 12, 2010

WWII Magazine has a great set of infographics by Max Gadney on their website. They cover various weapons, equipment, and vehicles, as well as comparison charts like the one above. These are great for adding that extra touch of realism or finding that extra bit of inspiration for your dieselpunk story.

Fighter plane motorcycle sidecar

Posted in DIY by flyingfortress on January 2, 2010

Some guy bolted part of a fighter plane fuselage to a WWII-era or -replica motorcycle. It is awesome. That is all.

Women in the Fight

Posted in Uncategorized by seraphimish on October 25, 2009

Life women

Life put up some fantastic WWII pictures about the better half and their part in the war, and we can’t help but share them!

http://www.life.com/image/2628526/in-gallery/23030/wwii-women-in-the-fight

Which ones are your favorite?  I for one want a pair of those gunner’s sunglasses immediately.

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Dieselpunk sightings: Arisia SF Con 2009

Posted in Aesthetics, community, DIY by flyingfortress on October 21, 2009

*Update: Improbcat is the photographer, not the person pictured below. Sorry for the confusion.

I just happened to stumble upon Flickr user Improbcat‘s great dieselpunk outfit from this year’s Arisia convention and had to share it:

Improbcat at Arisia 2009

Improbcat at Arisia 2009

The hat, tie, headphones, and armband are excellent touches.

The contrasts are easy to see next to the steampunk costumes that are in other pictures from that set. While the crew of Steam Trek looks quite good in tassles, gold trim, and other such extravagances, the military look in dieselpunk style takes on cleaner lines, simpler uniforms, and modern neckties. This outfit cuts a very distinct 40s-era airforce or navy look with a few well-chosen accessories. It looks great as it is, but if someone else wants to try a variation on the theme: add medals, some more early electronic equipment, try a shirt with buttoned breast pockets, chevrons and other military insignia, boots, map cases and period backpacks, etc.

Improbcat: if you see this post, we’d love to see a few closeups of that armband, the equipment you have on your tie, and are those straps for a backpack? Let us know if you have any detail pictures in the comments.

Dieselpunk: for the war effort!

Posted in Definitions, Site News by flyingfortress on June 3, 2008

Welcome to The Flying Fortress.

TFF is dedicated exclusively to dieselpunk, a subgenre of retro-futurism styled on the 1930s and 1940s. That sounds good, but what exactly is dieselpunk?

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