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Old 04-08-2016, 04:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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You though Morgan was old school? The Japanese know wood and it's working.

This is the same culture that has given us Dekotora trucks. I'm thinking Dekortora woody wagon.

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"With a driving range of 16 miles and a top speed of just 28mph, the battery powered Setsuna is not built to win at Le Mans. Instead, it champions a different cause altogether: a car-owner relationship that’s focused more on an intimate journey than on crossing finish lines."
I can see where it could last for generations. In the garage.
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I hadn't notice the performance figures. That's a neighborhood vehicle. If it had a cedar plug for the cockpit; it would be self-garaging.

I don't get the part about bumble bees.
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Bumble bees are those big bees that we have in the south that bore holes in wood.
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Forget bumblebees, they're nothing.

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Bumble bees are those big bees that we have in the south that bore holes in wood.
Those bees also bore holes in CONCRETE siding boards. I saw it personally on my daughters siding.

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I was hoping for a discussion of Japanese saws and joinery.
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Splinter, the supercar.

Wood IS a composite, (better strength-to-weight ratio than steel and aluminum). Inspired by the de Havilland 'Wooden Wonder' Mosquito and using woodworking techniques a North Carolina State University graduate school student spent 5 years to create, Splinter- a wooden supercar concept. Even the wheels and suspension system uses wood!

Splinter: The Wooden Supercar

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Actually the Albatross D2,3,5 of WW1 was a wooden fuselage very similar to the Mosquito.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albatros_D.III

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