The February 1960 issue of Popular Science
has an article titled "Car-Hungry Poles Build 'Em from Junk."
On the far side of the Iron Curtain, the smell and glitter of brand-new cars and auto showrooms is almost wholly unknown. Even there, however, mechanically minded young men have shown themselves willing to trade ingenuity and hard work for the dreamy joys of actually owning a car.
Pickings are poor in Polish junkyards; little is thrown away until it reaches the absolute end of the road. Blacksmith chassis parts and hand hammered sheet-metal are often necessary. Finding a repairable motor and transmission is usually the hardest job of all. Many of these labors of love produce strange looking vehicles. Frequently they show the influence of American car design. Shown here are some of the finalists in a recent contest to find the best homemade machine. Sponsored by Polish magazine, it attracted some 180 entries.
Car-Hungry Poles Build 'Em from Junk
The World’s Largest Super Soaker is 7 feet long, squirts water at 272 miles per hour, and should not be fired at anyone ever.
Eight US states are trying to pass minimal Right to Repair legislation that would require companies not to actively confound people who wanted to fix their stuff or choose an independent repair center. But in the EU, Europeans’ strong preference for “durable, high-quality products that can be repaired and upgraded” has led to a proposal […]
It took Pete Dearing 100 hours to build this rocket ship bunk bed from blueprints he purchased online. His kids love it. From Sarah Vitak’s story in Make: Most of the buttons control real lights, sounds, fans, meters, and headlights. All the sounds are controlled via Raspberry Pi. Plus, Dearing wired in a couple sets […]
Just because English has become the common global tongue doesn’t mean it’s the easiest language to write—even for native speakers. If you’re looking to improve your written communication skills, especially on your smartphone, take a look at Ginger Page.Ginger is a cross-platform app that offers corrections for phrasing as well as grammar. It’s powered by […]
The current web development landscape is rife with buzzwords and technology that gets abandoned almost as soon as it’s made. If you’ve never written a line of code before, it can be hard to figure out what’s coming, what’s here to stay, or how to get ahead.This Beginner Web Development Bundle is a great place […]
The Fader Stealth Quadcopter from TRNDlabs packs incredible flight performance into a package small enough to land on your phone screen, and it’s available now in the Boing Boing Store.The Fader’s six-axis gyroscope module gives it perfect balance in the air. This makes the onboard 720p HD camera all the better for shooting amazing flight […]