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DRN



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Current day cars have become too chunky for my eye...even the "sleek" ones. Compare the new Jaguar F-type coupe with its 1960's ancestor:

2017 Jaguar F-type Coupe:

http://blog.caranddriver.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/2016-Jaguar-F-Type-V-6-S-coupe-108-626x382.jpg

1962 Jaguar E-type Coupe:

http://cdn3.3dtuning.com/info/Jaguar%20E-Type%201962%20Coupe/factory/3.jpg

...or Maserati:

2017 Maserati Coupe:

https://pictures.dealer.com/m/maseratioffortlauderdale/0741/dc5bcb556ddb428aadc7e9ab17911abfx_1129358433.jpg

1967 Maserati Mistral Coupe:

http://13252-presscdn-0-94.pagely.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/1967-Maserati-Mistral-4000-Alloy-Coupe-for-sale-front.jpg

even Lamborghini:

2017 Lamborghini Huracan:

https://media.ed.edmunds-media.com/lamborghini/huracan/2017/ot/2017_lamborghini_huracan_LIFE1_ot_1215165_1280.jpg

1969 Lamborghini Miura:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/images.hagerty.com/vehicle/web/RMMonterey2013_129_Lamborghini_1969_Miura%20P400S_Coupe_4262.jpg

My Luddite-ism is showing I think....
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice comparisons. The E-Jag (and its immediate racing forebears) made up in spades for all previous British attempts at auto styling . . .



https://www.designboom.com/technology/mclaren-lego-720s-supercar-goodwood-08-10-2017/

Speaking of voluptuous auto bodies, here's proof that curved forms can be wrought (or wrestled) from orthogonal materials -- with something inevitably lost in the translation ? One thinks of Aretha approximating Puccini . . .

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DRN



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A matter of pixilation. I suppose the larger object, the better the blocks will render the curve. Imagine a full size airliner or Zeppelin in LEGO.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed. Neil DeGrasse Tyson writes that, if a Solar-system giant ran his finger over the (drained) surface of our globe, it would feel as smooth to him as a billiard ball. I find that a bit hard to believe -- but his point was that the 12-mile difference between the highest mountain and the deepest ocean chasm would barely register against the 7900-mile diameter of the globe . . .

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe it was Bucky who stated that if you took a basketball and blew hot air on it, the condensation would be deeper than the oceans.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And, more relevant than ever, the thickness of our life-supporting atmosphere is .5% of the diameter of the globe.


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Rood



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DRN wrote:
Current day cars have become too chunky for my eye...even the "sleek" ones. Compare the new Jaguar F-type coupe with its 1960's ancestor:


Didn't know the F-type, but in 1963, when Bob Marx and I were at Fort Benning, training as Huey Helicopter Guided Missile Gunners, we drove to and from the shooting range at Fort Rucker, Alabama, in his red '62 Jaguar XKE. It was his little Marx "toy".

http://classicshowcase.com/gallery/J62-361/


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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A friend my age has never forgotten that the price of the new E-type was advertised (in this country) at $5555 . . .
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