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Old 03-22-2011, 09:11 AM   #1
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Default The Dymaxion in motion



I just saw this rare 1933 film clip of the Dymaxion with Bucky Fuller and Amelia Earhart doing a large-scale press event, presumably at the World's Fair in Chicago that year. Ryan and others ha...

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Old 03-22-2011, 09:21 AM   #2
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Very cool Jay! We studied Fuller rather in depth in college and I do not think I had seen this clip?
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:24 AM   #3
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I just got to visit the Dymaxion House at the Henry Ford museum. That guy (Buckminster Fuller) was pure genius!!!!
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:27 AM   #4
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Very Kool!!! There is a car like this or Very close at Space Age paint supply in Mesa Az. Krazy looking.... Thanx for the post
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:45 AM   #5
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Bucky was amazing. I heard him speak once in Ames, IA on how he got to the geodesic dome idea. It was so fucking simple you'd think the ancient Indians or Persians or Romans would have thought of it. That's the genius part. While at SIU in Carbondale, IL, I got to ride my Schwinn past his domed former office building almost every day enroute the Comms building photo lab. We need more like him. Gary
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:49 AM   #6
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:02 AM   #7
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Would have done well at Bonneville......has the airstream aerodynamics goin on..
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Pretty sweet video! that thing was the ultimate mini van!
sidenote: Amelia Earhart was a pretty haggard looking woman.
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:00 AM   #9
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Yeah, but she wasn't fat, and that's about all it takes for men to be attracted...
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:11 AM   #10
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This was the clip I'd always seen of that. It would have been interesting to hear what they were saying as they held the chassis in the first clip....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlLZE23EJKs

This clip has Bucky descibing the technical points of the car, sorry for the terrbile Iggy Pop music background

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Old 03-22-2011, 11:13 AM   #11
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I just Googled the Dymaxion and found some more videos of it in motion. The thing that impresses me is that it had a 90 HP Ford flathead that would go over 100 mph, seated eleven and got 30 mpg. Now with that kind of technology back then, why is it today we can't do better with the resources we have?
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:36 AM   #13
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To me, Buckminster Fuller was the lifehacker of his time. He designed structures, homes, vehicles all with a kind of robotically detatched elan. The man was brilliantly out of step...but his stuff worked, it did what it was supposed to do, and well.

The Dymaxion vehicle had a flathead for power, and as far as I know, a conventional drive system. Aerodynamics and to a very small extent rolling resistance would have been responsible for the improvement in performance and economy.

The fuel economy would almost certainly have been a steady-state figure; for example a rock-steady 40 mph, or 50 mph. In a CAFE loop, or ordinary driving, the number would certainly be lower.
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Is it just me or does that shock strut in the cut away look kind excited?
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:41 PM   #15
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The next time you are in Austin - go check out the Bucky archives at the Henry Hansom Center on the University of Texas campus - they have some amazing material in the archives along with some really cool Norman Bel Geddes papers, models, etc.

That place is incredible - A Gutenburg Bible? The first photograph ever taken? yeah, they have those.

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Old 03-22-2011, 03:07 PM   #16
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Good but expensive book....got it for Christmas and have really enjoyed the work of such an amazing man.
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:19 PM   #17
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I want a Dymaxion house,that is too cool.
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:04 PM   #18
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Thanks made me think of this from "chaddilac"

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Old 03-22-2011, 08:37 PM   #19
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holy shit, i thought of that exact thing too. wonder what ever happened to that thing.
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:06 PM   #20
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I saw it at the Automobile Museum in Reno, pretty cool. Too bad it got the bad press from the accident plus the timing of trying to start in bad economic times made it an uphill battle.
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