Monthly Archives: November 2018
Today, without communal cars, the life of a big city is unthinkable, but it seems that they cause continuous inconvenience to the townspeople. We have already talked about Soviet sweepers and sprinklers, and here our heroes will be the largest and noisiest garbage trucks, which leak into our quiet courtyards early in the morning and begin to rumble methodically.
Not so long ago in Moscow and Leningrad ordinary trucks took out garbage from the yards, and loaded it there with shovels. Having imagined this process, many, perhaps, will recall the current sealed clean and almost noiseless machines with a kind word, but their predecessors are destined to share white spots. Let’s try to talk about some of them. Continue reading
Last time we talked about how an unusual off-road passenger car was developed at the NATI Scientific Automotive and Tractor Institute on the eve of the war, and how its designers made it possible for a car with all-wheel drive and an easy-to-manufacture body to be as comfortable as possible for the driver and passengers. Energy-intensive suspension from the ZIS-101 limousine, low passenger seating on the road and thoughtful soft seats made it possible to combine the qualities of a military jeep and a convenient “personal” for senior command personnel. AR-NATI was tested in April 1941. The leaders of the party and government and the highest military leadership liked him, but this was the end of the matter. What played a fateful role in his fate? Continue reading