For many, when they think of the cars of the “fabulous Fifties”, images wild colours, acres of chrome, and fins that would make the Panavia Tornado jealous, are what spring immediately to mind. To them, I say “Bah!” That’s waaay to normal for here at the Lagoon. However, there were other parts of the world […]

The development of the submarine as a decisive weapon started in WWI and definitely reached maturity in WWII. Most people even slightly familiar with WWII know about the “U-Boat Menace” that scared even the nigh-unflappable Churchill. One class of submarine, though, that gets relatively little (pun intended) of the limelight though, are the midget submarines. […]

First off, a Merry Christmas to any readers who celebrate it! I would like to extend my wishes for a safe and happy Christmas Season and a Happy New Year to all of you! Since December is a generally grey and cruddy month weather-wise, at least where I live, I thought the Holidays could use […]

The ’70s were a dark time for automobile lovers, what with gas crises and the neutering of all motoring fun. However, there was one segment of the automotive hobby that refused to give in to the doom and gloom – Vanners! Vanners and Vannin’ kept the good times rolling, literally, throughout the Automotive Dark Ages. […]

Bandai has gotten very good at kitting pretty much everything you could want from any given Gundam anime. However, some people always want more, including things like support vehicles and space craft, especially from UC-era stories. To satisfy these more hardcore fans, but not break the bank on tooling, Bandai developed the EX-Model series. Thankfully, […]

The need to defend against the hordes of Allied bombers late in WWII forced the German high command, and the air ministry (RLM) in particular to adopt some rather, shall we say “unconventional” approaches. Just when you thought that swept wing jets and rocket planes were a leap forward, the Bachem company proposed the Ba-349 […]

The end of the ’70s saw the final nails driven into the coffin of automotive excitement and performance. The Gas Crisis and government-mandated emissions standards choked all the fun out of driving. However, as the sun set on what had been a glorious chapter in the history of the car, a few car makers were […]