"If you're trying to change minds and influence people it's probably not a good idea to say that virtually all elected Democrats are liars, but what the hell."
"If the number of Islamic terror attacks continues at the current rate, candlelight vigils will soon be the number-one cause of global warming. "
There are stories that Stalin demanded his aeronautical engineers duplicate the WWII-Korea B-29s that limped into or were shot down over Russia. When the TU-4 duplicates were rolled out, there were patches and repairs DUPLICATED from the original planes because the engineers were terrified that they had to produce COMPLETE duplicates of the planes....
I don't think there's particularly much mystery re the cars - Detroit simply sold the dies used to stamp out body parts once a particular model year was done. Those dies were purchased by eastern bloc countries.
TimO: I read the story about one of the planes that had to land in Russia right before the end of WWII. It is on the web somewhere... Took quite a while to repatriate the crew, IIRC. Hey, where is the Fiat copy that was turned into the bzzzzzt brain fade, and also sold here and in Canada in the late 70's? Square box looking thing that wouldn't start when it was cold out.tomw
TomW: it was a licensed copy of the Fiat 124 sedan, and the Russian make was LADA.I had a 1967 Fiat 124. It started every time, and was one of the most trouble-free cars I ever owned. Then again, I maintain my cars.As for the other cars shown, dies for the American models did not end up making the Russian cars. The Russian models were different in size and just about everything else but similar appearance. Besides, that Volga/GAZ-24 1970 more resembles a Vauxhall than a Ford Falcon.- the friendly grizzly
There were also Soviet duplicates of integrated circuits with even the Texas Instruments "ti" logo duplicated. Except the Soviet made chips were 4X the size, because the Soviets couldn't miniaturize the copies enough.Turing word: "dicals". Almost a real word.
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