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Vintage Retro Styl live Steam Engine Model Wooden Walking Cane Stick Brass Stave

  • Hand made steam engine model walking stick
  • This is a working model.

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DESCRIPTION Here is a great collectible gift for brass item lovers, antique lovers, steampunk enthusiast, unique item hunters. Material : Brass, Wood Finish : Antiquated Brass Overall Length : 40″ appox. Weight : 1.8 lbs approx. Pressure Range of compressed air/steam : 12 -25 PSI Engine is single cylinder oscillating type with 10 mm bore x 10 mm stroke. Flywheel is 1.5″ approx. Cylinder is brass while piston is steel. The stick dismantles in three pieces and the eng… More >>

Vintage Retro Styl live Steam Engine Model Wooden Walking Cane Stick Brass Stave

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Car Dealers – Retro Cars

I am a big fan of old fashioned cars. There is just something about the workmanship and design of really vintage cars and wonderful vehicles that I always stare when they drive past, and I always wish that I was the person lucky enough to own it. I really enjoy ,looking at wonderful modern examples of workmanship like the R8 or any type of supercar, but if I am honest I think I would have to say I prefer the old to the new, the unique to the mass produced.

When lots of people think about old fashioned retro cars, they think back to black and white movies, with huge wheel arches on every car and an engine that roared and rattled as it drove. They imagine loading the picnic basket into the back and going for high tea on the common, or of some tense and terrifying getaway following a dangerous bank robbery. The whole world is viewed in sepia, and the cars seem strange and distant. Essentially, these are the type of cars that people hire for weddings and which arrive on your doorstep decked out in roses and thick white satin ribbon, gleaming in the inevitable sunshine.

I do love these cars. You dont see them that often on the street, but whenever I have a chance I like to nip into an automotive museum and have a quick look around, seeing what beautiful cars they have on display. For the same reason I like looking around steam fairs and other such rustic events, which always seem to have a number of great old fashioned vintage cars in display.

However, despite liking these cars, I think I have become a bit jaded with the experience. They all kind of look the same, and having collected for a short while it became clear that the time and expense of keeping them in tip top working order is a lot of effort indeed. In the end it just didnt seem worthwhile choosing these as my favourite cars and for a while I avoided all cars like the plague!

Then, however, I discovered American cars, Huge, muscular and totally utterly beautiful, these were the next set of retro cars that I set my affectionate sights on. Most people at least vaguely know what typical retro or vintage muscle cars look like. They have massive growling engines, long bonnets, and gorgeous interiors. They are the epitome of luxury, whilst at the same time being strangely accessible if you dont have endless reservoirs of money. They are also stunning inside and out, and this is the main reason that I still love these today. I dont own one, although I want to, but I make it my mission to attend hot rods shows and similar whenever I can!

Of course there are other areas of retro and vintage cars. There are car dealers who specialise in the amusing and strange 80s or 90s cars, just as there are specialists in funky little kit cars. Whatever you love in the vintage car market, there will be someone or somewhere who will cater to your wants and needs!

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Retro Air Travel Returns To Tanzania

When I was a little boy in the 60s and 70s, the Douglas DC-3, which, like they did in Britain we used to call the Dakota, was all the rage. I used to travel around the country in that aircraft with my mum and dad. It was an awesome experience. I used to love the way the tail dipped when the aircraft was on the ground and how it lifted as it taxied down the runway before take off. A remarkable airplane, and one I couldn’t forget even when the Fokker Friendship came to replace it on domestic routes. As it happens, the DC-3 never really went away. 73 years after the DC-3 first flew, it has remained in the skies in quite a few countries around the world… it is believed there are 400 DC-3 aircraft still in service. In this article, I will discuss retro travel and the opportunity that awaits you to rekindle vintage travel in a remarkable tourist haven and setting that is, Tanzania.

One of the most successful airplanes ever built, the DC-3 made its maiden flight on December 17, 1935. The Gooney Bird, as it was sometimes called, was one of the first airplanes built primarily out of metal, replacing the wood-framed-and-doped-fabric airplanes that had evolved out of the Wright Flyer and the many models of airplanes developed during World War I. In the 1930s and 1940s, this American fixed-wing, propeller-driven aircraft — generally regarded as one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made because of its lasting impact on the airline industry and World War II — is still taking to the skies to this day in many parts of the world. Like its land equivalent, the marvels of yesteryear engineering — the steam train — offers a lap of luxury to its passengers to this present day on packaged rail safaris like the Blue Train in South Africa, aviation too brings back the the beauty and luxury of vintage travel to the skies.

Air travel in the 50s was much more regulated than it is today. All fares were fixed by the International Air Traffic Association (IATA). It seems almost inconceivable today, but IATA dictated exactly what could be charged on any particular route. Airlines could compete on standards of service, but not price. Hence a desire to offer the passenger the very best prevailed. In the early fifties there was only one class of travel: first or better than first class. Such luxuries as cocktail bars, and even beds had been provided on transatlantic flights. Fares were expensive and passengers were either very wealthy or claiming the trip on expenses. By the end of the fifties, there were four classes of travel, deluxe (better than first), first class, tourist class and economy class. The Indigo Aviation Dakota plying the Zanzibar, Selous, Pemba and Mafia routes from Dar es salaam, Tanzania, judging from the luxurious cabin alone, takes you back to the early 50s when, literally, there was only one way to travel – first class.

When I saw an ad on the cover of a local magazine (Advertising Dar) back in May 2009, I was thrilled to see the DC-3 back in action. To me, she is the most beautiful bird that ever took to the skies. My plan is to get on that plane to travel to Mafia island, a fascinating island steeped in history, and what I consider to be the ideal destination to fly to to write a series of articles on, in retro style.

Anthony J. Namata is a creative writer who writes for the travel trade. Download his free e-Book BLOGGING! The #1 Traffic Generation Strategy for the Travel Trade. For more information on Indigo Aviation, the airline operating DC-3 aircraft in Tanzania, visit their website at: www.indigoair.co.tz

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