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The Mole

Pod 5 Vehicle known as "The Mole"
Pod 5 Vehicle known as “The Mole”

Here are the Canon Foundry facts about The Mole, all taken from the Thunderbird FAB Cross-Sections book written by Graham Bleathman (1999):

Mole Specifications 

Length: 60 feet

Width: 12 feet

Weight: 12 tons

Maximum Drilling Speed: 15 m.p.h.

Power: Nuclear-fusion-powered electric motors

Trolley Specifications 

Length: 38 feet

Width: 24 feet

Weight: 18 tons

Maximum Speed: 50 m.p.h.

Power: 1,000 b.h.p. high-compression dual-turbine engine

Other Information

  • Carried to the rescue zone in Thunderbird 2
  • One of the larger pod vehicles
  • Is used to help recover victims trapped in collapsed buildings or buried underground
  • Can be operated with great precision thanks to the three-dimensional thermal-imaging system built into the drill bit
  • The Mole is carried to the rescue zone from its pod on a trolley and then tilted to a near-vertical position to commence drilling
  • Caterpillar tracks on each side enable the Mole to return to the surface, reversing back up on to the trolley on completion of a rescue
  • Contains a multiple missile launch system used for demolition
  • Wide-angle TV camera enables driver to position trolley before drilling commences
  • Uses hydraulic suspension (trolley)
  • A hydraulic jack lifts the upper section of the trolley to the desired drilling angle
  • The trolley is fueled by rocket propellant
  • The trolley is controlled from the driver’s console in the Mole itself
  • The Mole contains an air recycling plant and life support system
  • The drill bit’s ‘propeller wings’ provide a high-speed cutting edge
  • Positions of victims via the acoustic detector and 3D thermal-imaging system can be logged on the Mole’s computer and the data transferred to TB2, allowing for more delicate rescue operations using smaller drilling equipment and hand-held laser cutters
  • The drill bit is constructed from Formula C30/1, a cahelium-derived alloy that can cut through virtually all known metals
  • Shielded nuclear fusion reactor provides power for electric generators to operate the drill, caterpillar tracks and rear thruster
  • The main computer handles all functions so that the driver can concentrate on the mission using the simplified control systems in the cabin
  • The main control system controls the Mole, the trolley, video and thermal-imaging systems and doubles as a mobile rescue control unit similar to the “Mobile Control” unit carried on Thunderbird One
  • There is a temperature sensor at the very top of the Mole’s hull. There are also rescue location external temperature and pressure sensors on the sides of the trolley near its back end
  • Bench seating in the cabin can be folded down to provide bunk space or room for stretchers
  • There is a topside exit hatch and a rear exit hatch
  • A storage bay  at the rear of the Mole contains medical and rescue supplies, thermal suits and laser cutters

Other Sources:

“As the Mole burrows it pumps a concrete solution through ducts in its sides to line the walls of the bore-hole.”
Source: Theydon, John (1966), Calling Thunderbirds. Titan. p. 53.