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#1 Auburn David OFFLINE  

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Posted September 17, 2015 - 01:30 PM

Not sure how to post a youtube(feel free to inform me..LOL)..but I would love to have one of these

 

Greek-American inventor Elie Aghnides amassed a fortune coming up with clever inventions. 

One of his more unusual creations was the "Rhino," an amphibious four-wheeled vehicle designed to patrol and defend the vast roadless wastes of Alaska and Canada. 

Weighing in at five tons, the four-wheel-drive machine could hit speeds of 45 miles per hour on the highway.

Defining features were its massive front wheels, which had six-foot diameters and weighed 1,500 pounds each. Their hollow, hemispherical shape gave the Rhino its unique all-terrain capability. As the vehicle sank into mud, sand, or other soft surfaces, the bearing surface of the ribbed wheels increased, giving it greater traction. 

The Rhino's massive wheels and low center of gravity also meant it could tip 75 degrees to either side without toppling over.

In the water, the hollow wheels provided flotation, while a rear water jet provided propulsion at speeds of about four miles per hour.

The Marmon-Herrington Company of Indianapolis built one prototype of the Rhino for demonstration. The United States military declined to purchase any, reportedly out of concern that the wheels could be punctured by gunfire, sinking the vehicle.

 

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Posted September 17, 2015 - 01:31 PM

well seems the Youtube posted itself!!



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Posted September 17, 2015 - 01:50 PM

I've seen some stupid things in my life, but it's things like this that restore my faith in humanity :thumbs:

 

Love it! But I REALLY want that guys crash helmet in the picure. Also noticed a rare German Bungartz T5 trailing the Rhino in the vid.

 

Cool stuff, thanks!


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Posted September 17, 2015 - 02:05 PM

That is a really weird machine.


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Posted September 17, 2015 - 02:07 PM

That is a really weird machine.

I would love the have the scaled down version of it!!!..running a V-twin .


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Posted September 17, 2015 - 09:01 PM

A bullet in just about anything will sink it. But, that's the military for you.


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Posted September 17, 2015 - 09:49 PM

Awesome. I love little cul de sacs of progress like this.
Found a popular science article
https://books.google...wIV1RaSCh14UQC1
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Posted September 18, 2015 - 08:45 AM

Awesome. I love little cul de sacs of progress like this.
Found a popular science article
https://books.google...wIV1RaSCh14UQC1

Thats a great read!!Thanks for posting that.I seems to me we left some great ideas in the past.


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Posted September 18, 2015 - 09:19 AM

Awesome. I love little cul de sacs of progress like this.
Found a popular science article
https://books.google...wIV1RaSCh14UQC1

Thanks for ruining my productivity for the day....


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Posted September 18, 2015 - 11:26 AM

Thanks for ruining my productivity for the day....


I've been marveling over this one

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Posted September 18, 2015 - 12:03 PM

Popular Mechanics and Popular Science are both sources of new inventions that never see the light of day. One of my favorites was a new metal made into a part that when heated would change it's shape, moving from a U shape to straight. When cooled it would return to the original shape. It was heralded as the heart of a new type of motor. That's the last I ever heard of it.


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