Max Dingfelder’s Maximotor B-4 In-line Engine


  Maximotors were built by Max Dingfelder in Detroit, Michigan, around 1911 to 1913. Models included four- and six-cylinder in-line and V-8 water-cooled engines. This 52 kw (70 hp) Model B-4 Maximotor was the last of several that powered Thomas S. Baldwin’s Red Devil III aircraft. Maximotors were used on aircraft such as those built by Wright, Curtiss, Bleriot, and Farman and Antoinette.

Date: 1912Dimensions:

Length 104 .1 (41.0 in.),

Width 40.6 cm (16.0 in.),

Height 273.7 cm (9.0 in.)

Inventory Number: A19500094005


Physical Description:
Type: In-line, 4 cylinders, liquid-cooled
Power rating: 52 KW (70 hp) at 1,500 rpm
Displacement: 7.0 L (430 cu in)
Bore and Stroke: 12.7 cm (5.0 in) x 14.0 cm (5.5 in)
Weight (wet): 118 kg (260 lb) (3.71 lb/hp)
Condition: Appears complete; on stand.


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The Rudy Dingfelder family of Plauen, Germany


According to The  United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Dingfelder family of Plauen, Germany, owned a kosher meat shop in the 1920s and ’30s.

When Nazi anti-Jewish measures intensified, eldest son Martin emigrated to America. In 1939 the rest of the family-father Leopold, mother Johanna, and 15-year-old Rudi-boarded the St. Louis for Cuba.

With the ship’s forced return, the Dingfelders eventually settled in Gouda, Netherlands.


In 1942, the Nazis began deporting Jews from western Europe, including the Netherlands, to the East.

Among the victims were Leopold and Johanna Dingfelder, who perished at Auschwitz after their arrest in October 1942.

Rudi, arrested by the Gestapo on October 9, was taken to the Westerbork transit camp.

Selected for forced labor, he worked in the Dornier aircraft factory in Holland before being transported to the Vught concentration camp and back to Westerbork.

He was deported to Auschwitz in March 1944 and assigned to forced labor at the Siemens-Schuckert factory.


rudy dingfelder



In January 1945, as the Red Army advanced, the SS evacuated the Auschwitz prisoners to Germany.

Rudi arrived at Buchenwald after a brutal two-week journey.

He was sent to the Siemens factory outside Berlin, but the Soviet advance forced another evacuation.

Soon thereafter, the inmates were sent on a “death march” by the SS guards.

Near Schwerin, Rudi and four other prisoners attempted to escape; three were shot and one died two days later.

Rudi was found by Allied troops and subsequently returned to Gouda.

In 1946, he emigrated to the United States.




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The Quintisential Slinky Page

 Talk about a flash back to the 90s…

I found this web page on an old server and thought you might enjoy it:


The one true page devoted to the Kwa of Slinkyness


1.  Bite the slinky

  • Use your teeth, not your lips
  • Try not to drool or giggle

bite the slinky

2.  Have a friend stretch out the slinky

3.  Have the friend thump the slinky

thump the slinky


You seriously need to try this if you have never experienced the “Kwa of Slinkyness”

 Credit must be given of course to our slinky model,

Richard Berry, in his all american outfit.



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Grateful Dead – Scarlet Begonias

drums and guitar come in first

    B                            2x
–                                             /  16 x 16 x 16

–  2  2  2 / 14 x 14 x 14  6 7 / 9 x 9 x 9

now this isn’t the way phil plays it in this particular concert but
this is how i play it and if you don’t like it just change it up
it’s just e to b


     E                                 B                      2x

–           6 x 7 x 9 9                            6 7p6  0
–   7 7                                   6 x 9 x
–                                       7


– 5 55 0 0 4 0 7  5 5 5 5 00 0 4 0 7  5  5 5 00 4 0 7  5 55 00 4 00

repeat intro part in b then go back into e to b part and into a part,
it does this a couple of times and then instead of going into the e
to b part they play:
    F#                     B                  / 1.     E
–       11  11 11 x 9 11                     |
–                                            |
–  9 9                                       |        / 7
–                          7 7 7  7  5 5 5  |
/ 2.E        F#        A        B

–           2             4           7              9 11b1/2b11 9
–       2 4           4 6         7 9          9  11
–  0 2/4        2  4/6      5  7/9      7  9/11

the order goes like this

II  etc…

thats all i know, usually they will go from this into fire on the
mountain, which is a b to a progression, but its really easy to
figure out,  so try this.

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grateful dead – shakedown street

  intro                        main verse

verse 2 -“maybe because its midnight”

(phil basically doodles around in E7, D7, and A7 chords where appropriate)

 “don’t tell me”          

chorus – “nothin’s shakin'”

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Grateful Dead – China cat sunflower


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Grateful Dead – Fire on the Mountain

This is the intro verse and chorus it repeats through the whole song.


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Grateful Dead – Franklins Tower


 This one is quite simple, just jam on the same 3 notes or jam octives a bit 🙂

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Grateful Dead – Good Lovin

 main riff

 riff 1

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