The International Rescue tunnelling machine, The Mole, my latest Pod vehicle from the Model Space Thunderbird 2 build.
As you can see I haven’t got round to the all-important weathering yet, but as I’d already set up a temporary diorama for the Dinky Thunderbird 2 and the sun was still shining I thought it was a photo opportunity too good to miss.
The model is in two parts with the Mole itself able to completely separate from its tilting trolley cradle.
The Mole on TV makes its début in the second episode, ‘Pit of Peril’ operated by Scott Tracy. He uses it to tunnel down to the stricken Army Sidewinder and pick up his brother, Virgil. It also appears in the episode, ‘City of Fire’, to drill down under the collapsed Thompson Tower building to rescue the Carter family. In ‘The Duchess Assignment’ it’s used to rescue the Duchess of Royston who’s trapped in a burning country house. It also makes a cameo appearance in ‘Cry Wolf’.
The Mole is considered by many as the most popular Pod vehicle after Thunderbird 4 and has more toy and models made of it than any of the others.
It’s usually carried in Pod 5. Keen eyed viewers have spotted that the drill screw rotates in the wrong direction.