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Equipment & Vehicles
The Mole
The Mole
Type: Drilling and Burrowing Machine
Affiliation: International Rescue
Top Speed: 50 m.p.h
Main Operator: Virgil Tracy
Scott Tracy
Appearances: Pit of Peril
City Of Fire
The Duchess Assignment
Cry Wolf (cameo)
Thunderbirds (2004 Movie)

The Mole is one of the many pod machines available for use by International Rescue. It's transported to danger zones by Thunderbird 2.

OverviewEdit

The Mole is a medium-sized tunneling vehicle used for underground missions. Once arrived at the danger zone, it exits its pod and is transported to the drilling location by a trolley with caterpillar tracks. A lifting ramp then tips it into position to commence drilling.

An additional set of caterpillar tracks on either side of the vehicle allows it to return to the surface independently, for retrieval. It's equipped with a thermal-imaging system, inside the drill-bit, to locate buried individuals.

Technical DataEdit

BodyEdit

  • Length: 60 feet
  • Width: 12 feet
  • Weight: 12 tons
  • Maximum Drilling Speed: 15 m.p.h
  • Power: Nuclear-fusion powered electric motors
  • Engine: 1000bhp Rocket Propellant

TrolleyEdit

  • Length: 38 feet
  • Width: 24 feet
  • Weight: 18 tons
  • Top speed: 50 mph
  • Power: 1,000 bhp high-compression dual-turbine engine

AppearancesEdit

Pit of PerilEdit

Virgil had been lowered into the pit where the Army vehicle Sidewinder lay trapped, to place explosive changes prescribed by Brains. Scott then used the Mole to tunnel down into the side of the pit, to bring his brother back to the surface.

City of FireEdit

After the Firefly cleared a path through the burning rubble, Scott and Virgil used the Mole to drill down to the underground passage-ways of the collapsed Thompson Tower building, to rescue the trapped Carter family.

The Duchess AssignmentEdit

Virgil used the Mole to drill down under the burning Country House, and into its basement, to rescue the kidnapped Duchess of Royston before the building collapsed.

Cry WolfEdit

The Mole is amongst several pod vehicles on view in TB2's pod bay.

Cross-sections (Cutaway Drawings)Edit

As far as is known, at least four cutaway drawings of the Mole exist. three of which were illustrated by Graham Bleathman. The first appeared in Thunderbirds Annual 1967 by an unknown artist, the following were all by Graham Bleathman.

Main article: History of the Cutaway Drawings (Classic Thunderbirds)

TriviaEdit

  • The Mole's drill turns the wrong way when excavating.
  • The caterpillar tracks on its sides move in the wrong direction when it surfaces.
  • Its controls look exactly like the Mobile Control Centre.
  • A serial number of 56156 can be seen on the top rear port side.
  • The Mole is usually carried in Pod 5.
  • The Mole is destroyed in the comic-book story City of Doom, when it falls into a boiling pit of lava.