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Wierd streamliner buses
« on: October 14, 2018, 12:28:58 am »
Found these two pics on the internet while I was looking for info about the Opel Streamliner than Roden make a model of. This thing was apparently made in 1936 as a promotional vehicle by the Duro Metal Products company of Chicago, and was based on a Ford chassis.

Imagine if the Gerry Anderson series UFO had been made in the 1930s instead of the 1970s: this could have been the period SHADO-mobile, with a glass-barrelled, multi-finned Death Ray elevating through a hatch in the roof... ;)



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Re: Wierd streamliner buses
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2018, 12:39:15 am »
It's the low-budget version, "Not-so-Flash-Gordon", where they're based on Earth... or Mars, if they'd used a Red filter on the camera...  ;D

Interesting beasties, thanks for sharing. Very Dieselpunk.

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Re: Wierd streamliner buses
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2018, 12:53:21 am »
For the period maybe it wasn't as strange as it seems to modern eyes.

At the time the US railroads were heavily investing in dieselisation for their passenger trains, and the Union Pacific 'City' trains looked like this.



REMARKABLY similar styling I think, and interestingly these locos were called 'automobile styled'. The massive grille didn't last all that long though, as the next generation locos had similar rounded noses but minus the grille.

Culled from an interesting site (to me anyway ;D) here.

https://streamlinermemories.info/?p=148
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Re: Wierd streamliner buses
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2018, 01:19:21 am »
Puts me in mind of Randy Grubb's Decoliner.

http://www.randygrubb.com/the-decoliner/
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Re: Wierd streamliner buses
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2018, 01:30:05 am »
Puts me in mind of Randy Grubb's Decoliner.

http://www.randygrubb.com/the-decoliner/
An amazing RV which has particular appeal for me because it has a flying bridge meaning it can be driven from the roof.
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Re: Wierd streamliner buses
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2018, 08:15:43 am »
For the period maybe it wasn't as strange as it seems to modern eyes.

At the time the US railroads were heavily investing in dieselisation for their passenger trains, and the Union Pacific 'City' trains looked like this.



REMARKABLY similar styling I think, and interestingly these locos were called 'automobile styled'. The massive grille didn't last all that long though, as the next generation locos had similar rounded noses but minus the grille.

Culled from an interesting site (to me anyway ;D) here.

https://streamlinermemories.info/?p=148

The websites I was reading about the Duro van indicate that it was directly inspired by the Union Pacific streamliners. Apparently Duro had something to do with the trains' construction.

It's the relative shortness and tallness of the van that gets me. If it was flatter or longer it'd be cool, but as it is, it looks like a cheapskate 1930s sci-fi evil breadbin...
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Re: Wierd streamliner buses
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2018, 08:39:56 am »
It's an M-1000 mini-me.


Brilliant site Kit, thanks for the link.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Wierd streamliner buses
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2018, 10:05:34 am »
It's an M-1000 mini-me.
CHECK THIS SITE AS WELL.

I love it - there are so many articles about different objects. Many about streamliners too. Like this one:

More here.
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Re: Wierd streamliner buses
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2018, 10:07:40 am »

It's an M-1000 mini-me.



Ah yes, it was the M-1000 that I was trying to remember, but the 'City of Denver' was close enough from the styling point of view.
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Re: Wierd streamliner buses
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2018, 02:57:08 pm »
Yep, the City class exterior design was pretty much a cleaned up M1000.
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