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Rich Sufficool
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Fritz von Opel strapped himself into this 24 rocket powered car at the Avus Speedway near Berlin in 1928 packing 264 lbs of explosives that, providing 3 minutes of thrust propelled him to 278 km/hr. This exhibition run before a crowd of dignities and celebrities was done more to demonstrate the potential of rocketry for air and space travel that would be ultimately used in WWll's V-2 ballistic missile and the Messerschmidt 261 Komet interceptor. The third iteration, the RAK 3 was a rail car. Basic aerodynamics at the time touted the bullet as the most drag-free design and the downward turned wings and small front air dam were utilized to keep the on the ground.

RAK 2 020
RAK 2 021
RAK 2 024
RAK 2 012
RAK 2 004
RAK 2 030
RAK 2 016
RAK 2 017
RAK 2 028
RAK 2 029

This was the RAK 3 also in 1928:

RAK3 002
RAK3 026
RAK3 033
RAK3 013
RAK3 031
RAK3 004

 

 


   
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Marty Johnson
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My goodness, man!  My jaw is on the floor!  You must have the most eclectic model car collection on the planet Earth!  


   
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Rich Sufficool
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@marty-johnson It goes well with my Flash Gordon and Ming spaceships.  It's very Fritz Lang-ish. Note the "Maria" robot from "Metropolis".

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Christopher Moroni
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I'll echo Marty's thoughts...   I know my replicas pretty well Rich, but you (YOU!) seem to pull models from thin air or find them hiding is whole cloth! Just where you get these obscure recreations is beyond me. You never fail to surprise me.


   
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Rich Sufficool
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@chris They're mostly interesting designs that really stuck with me as a kid. Things like the Martian machines from "War of the Worlds", the Nautilus from "20000 Leagues Under the Sea", the space ship XR-1 from Disney's "Tomorrowland" the old Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers matinee serials, old German Sci-Fi movies like Metropolis and "Frau Im Mond". That last movie has a space ship that looks like that Opel. Not a coincidence that Fritz Lang was one of the dignitaries invited to the unveiling of the RAK 2. A lot of these models were available as resin kits by fairly local (but very talented) artists that sold their "garage kits" at local shows to avoid licensing fees. I used to go to those shows twice a year and if you saw something extraordinary, you bought it on the spot because you'd never see it again.

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Christopher Moroni
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...that helps to explain "your condition."  LoL   (Thanks! 😀 )


   
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Mike DeTorrice
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Incredibly cool rocket cars ! Who did these Opels ?


   
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Rich Sufficool
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@mikedetorrice Best of Show (BOS) I forgot who did the 1/43 Rak3


   
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