Harsh, but so very, very true.Orionblamblam said:From the '30's into the '50's, when seemingly hundreds of new aircraft models were produced every year, the aviation/science/mechanics magazines would regularly publish aircraft designs submitted by random schmoes. The designs tended to "look good" because the magazines would use staff artists to redraw the submissions to the same standard of artistic quality... but they were still just sketches from, in effect, nobodies.
With *rare* exceptions, even good designers are "nobody" if their designs are done in a setting where they will never get built. Take me, for example: I am a passably good rocket system design engineer. I've designed everything from small biprop engines to launch vehicles. The designs I created for various companies? Meaningful. Stood a chance to get built (and some did). Apprpriate for this forum. The designs I created as a lark while at home? Generally meaningless.TsrJoe said:iv found over the years that theres quite a lot of what cound be termed such which upon further research turn out to be from persons working within industry, pet projects or indeed designers using a differing forum to suggest 'fun' concepts which may be seen as dead end within industry
Sure. But from this far removed, a few details can pop out about some particular "magazine design:"aim9xray said:
Yes, but let's face it... 4) "No manufacturer seems to have expressed an interest" is the real test. No matter how nutty, impossible, ill-conceived or even just plain stupid a design might be, if it was done by Boeing employees on Boeing time, it's suddenly interesting.aim9xray said:Oh, I agree for the "reader submission" in a magazine.
My comment was meant more in the context of evaluating the umpteenth variation drawing (or piece of art) of, say, a Boeing xxx-yyy number, without knowing if it was for a NASA study, AFRL, IRAD, or even the art department.
Indeed, each month (dating from the very late 1940s or very early 1950s, Air Trails magazine had a contest whereby readers were invited to submit designs for cash prizes. Three were chosen each month. This appears to be one of those designs.Mole said:It certainly seems to show some influence from wartime German designs like the Heinkel and even French designs like those of Fauvel, but from the caption it appears to be an original sketch by a reader from Michigan.