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Comment by Captain on August 8, 2018 at 3:40pm
Comment by Captain on July 3, 2018 at 7:46pm

The "Super Wood" reminds me of the a description of the Albatross's treated wood structure in Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne:

"Phil Evans got out the best blade of his knife and set to work on the wall near the door. Perhaps he might make a hole which would enable him to open it from the outside should it be only bolted or should the key have been left in the lock. He worked away for some minutes. The only result was to nip up his knife, to snip off its point, and transform what was left of the blade into a saw.

“Doesn’t it cut?” asked Uncle Prudent.

“No.”

“Is the wall made of sheet iron?”

“No; it gives no metallic sound when you hit it.”

“Is it of ironwood?”

“No; it isn’t iron and it isn’t wood.”

“What is it then?”

“Impossible to say. But, anyhow, steel doesn’t touch it.” Uncle Prudent, in a sudden outburst of fury, began to rave and stamp on the sonorous planks, while his hands sought to strangle an imaginary Robur.

“Be calm, Prudent, he calm! You have a try.”

Uncle Prudent had a try, but the bowie-knife could do nothing against a wall which its best blades could not even scratch. The wall seemed to be made of crystal." 

https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/v/verne/jules/v52rc/contents.html 

Comment by Captain on July 3, 2018 at 7:25pm

"Super Wood"

Not exactly SP (that we know of) but a curious technology that makes denser woods with steel-like strength.  Some potential for SP vehicles.  Both of the chemical treatments seem to have been available 100+ years ago. 

Comment by Captain on October 31, 2017 at 2:59pm

Resurrectionist Video

A SP persona idea? 

Comment by P. Aloysius Regnad on September 4, 2017 at 7:05pm

      OK, too many favorite topics of mine here for me not to take part.

Comment by Captain on April 30, 2017 at 1:43pm
 

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