History Main / DrillTank

20th Feb '17 10:42:03 PM Anddrix
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* Microtron, a caterpillar-tracked robot from the [[Franchise/{{Micronauts}} Micronauts/Microman]] toy-line was one of these, with a rotating drill-bit protruding from his groin area. With Micronaut "interchangeability", it could be reconfigured to more closely resemble a DrillTank, with the drill where the head should be and large wheels instead of arms.

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* Microtron, a caterpillar-tracked robot from the [[Franchise/{{Micronauts}} [[Toys/{{Micronauts}} Micronauts/Microman]] toy-line was one of these, with a rotating drill-bit protruding from his groin area. With Micronaut "interchangeability", it could be reconfigured to more closely resemble a DrillTank, with the drill where the head should be and large wheels instead of arms.
25th Jan '17 12:11:11 AM RisefromYourGrave
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* In WesternAnimation/TotallySpies in "Queen for a Day" the spies drive one called a R.A.T.V.A.T.
* ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'': In "Richter", Jumba modifies the dune buggy to be one of these. Lilo and Stitch uses it to re-enter the cave that [[MonsterOfTheWeek the episode's experiment]] went into and chase after him.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'': In WesternAnimation/TotallySpies in "Queen for a Day" the spies drive one called a R.A.T.V.A.T.
* ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'': In "Richter", Jumba modifies the dune buggy to be one of these. Lilo and Stitch uses use it to re-enter the cave that [[MonsterOfTheWeek the episode's experiment]] went into and chase after him.



* In 1938, the British, anticipating that World War Two would be an ''exact'' re-run of UsefulNotes/WW1, designed and built a group of mammoth tanks, each weighing 185 tons, built for one purpose and one purpose only - digging trenches, in order to get that back-breaking labour safely mechanised. More cynical officers, whose reading of German strategy had convinced them that trench-building was futile, named these machines the ''TOG'' tanks, as "The Old Gang" of Colonel Blimps had ordered them built at massive cost. One was lost in France, and labelled useless scrap metal by its German captors; another two were used to build trenches and tank-traps around London in the event of German invasion.

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* In 1938, the British, anticipating that World War Two UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo would be an ''exact'' re-run of UsefulNotes/WW1, UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, designed and built a group of mammoth tanks, each weighing 185 tons, built for one purpose and one purpose only - digging trenches, in order to get that back-breaking labour safely mechanised. More cynical officers, whose reading of German strategy had convinced them that trench-building was futile, named these machines the ''TOG'' tanks, as "The Old Gang" of Colonel Blimps had ordered them built at massive cost. One was lost in France, and labelled useless scrap metal by its German captors; another two were used to build trenches and tank-traps around London in the event of German invasion.
25th Jan '17 12:09:59 AM RisefromYourGrave
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* ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'': In "Richter", Jumba modifies the dune buggy to be one of these. Lilo and Stitch uses it to re-enter the cave that [[MonsterOfTheWeek the episode's experiment]] went into and chase after him.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunnel_boring_machine Tunnel-boring machines]].
** And by extension, the tunnel driller in ''RedFaction''. And yes, the drills here actually carve through stone.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunnel_boring_machine Tunnel-boring machines]].
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** And by extension, the tunnel driller in ''RedFaction''.''VideoGame/RedFaction''. And yes, the drills here actually carve through stone.
17th Jan '17 5:43:22 PM nombretomado
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* Rod Drill in ''MachineRobo''.
** Also, Drill Robo in ''MachineRobo Rescue''.

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* Rod Drill in ''MachineRobo''.
''Toys/MachineRobo''.
** Also, Drill Robo in ''MachineRobo ''Toys/MachineRobo Rescue''.
10th Jan '17 11:37:22 AM ElSquibbonator
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* In 1938, the British, anticipating that World War Two would be an ''exact'' re-run of UsefulNotes/WW1, designed and built a group of mammoth tanks, each weighing 185 tons, built for one purpose and one purpose only - digging trenches, in order to get that back-breaking labour safely mechanised. More cynical officers, whose reading of German strategy had convinced them that trench-building was futile, named these machines the ''TOG'' tanks, as "The Old Gang" of Colonel Blimps had ordered them built at massive cost. One was lost in France, and labelled useless scrap metal by its German captors; another two were used to build trenches and tank-traps around London in the event of German invasion.\\
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During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, both sides reactivated the trench-digger idea in smaller and mechanically less complex form, based on tanks then in production: [[http://www.bmz.ru/earth/mdk2meng.htm Soviet MDK-2M]] and [[http://militarytechnics.com/vehicles/btm-fast-entrenching/ BTM-3]] on one side and [[http://www.armyrecognition.com/europe/Allemagne/vehicules_lourds/kodiak_engineer_vehicle_leopard_2/Kodiak_Leopard_2_engineer_armoured_vehicle_001.jpg Leopard tank based vehicles]] on the other side. They still work on ground surface like excavators, though.

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* In 1938, the British, anticipating that World War Two would be an ''exact'' re-run of UsefulNotes/WW1, designed and built a group of mammoth tanks, each weighing 185 tons, built for one purpose and one purpose only - digging trenches, in order to get that back-breaking labour safely mechanised. More cynical officers, whose reading of German strategy had convinced them that trench-building was futile, named these machines the ''TOG'' tanks, as "The Old Gang" of Colonel Blimps had ordered them built at massive cost. One was lost in France, and labelled useless scrap metal by its German captors; another two were used to build trenches and tank-traps around London in the event of German invasion.\\
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**During
the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, both sides reactivated the trench-digger idea in smaller and mechanically less complex form, based on tanks then in production: [[http://www.bmz.ru/earth/mdk2meng.htm Soviet MDK-2M]] and [[http://militarytechnics.com/vehicles/btm-fast-entrenching/ BTM-3]] on one side and [[http://www.armyrecognition.com/europe/Allemagne/vehicules_lourds/kodiak_engineer_vehicle_leopard_2/Kodiak_Leopard_2_engineer_armoured_vehicle_001.jpg Leopard tank based vehicles]] on the other side. They still work on ground surface like excavators, though.though.
* Probably the closest thing in real life to the classic Drill Tank stereotype (in terms of being tracked vehicles with giant drill bits on the front) are [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roadheader roadheaders]], which have a massive rotating drill bit at the end of a long boom. And it's usually covered in [[SpikesOfVillainy spikes]], giving them a fairly menacing appearance.
26th Dec '16 5:43:53 PM PaulA
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* "WesternAnimation/FlashGordon:'' Ming's Mecho-Mole, later hijacked by Prince Barin.

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* "WesternAnimation/FlashGordon:'' "WesternAnimation/{{Flash Gordon|1979}}'': Ming's Mecho-Mole, later hijacked by Prince Barin.
14th Dec '16 11:18:28 AM Mdjj1996
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** [=GoZyu=] Drill from ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', the default form of [[SixthRanger GokaiSilver's]] personal mecha [=GoZyuJin=]. Technically speaking, it's actually a Drill Jet[[note]]Since it represents the true power of the ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'', it's based off of their own Time Jets[[/note]], but in practice it hovers low to the ground and generally acts like a Drill Tank (presumably because having it fly in every battle would make production costs skyrocket).

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** [=GoZyu=] Black Mask's mech, Masky Drill, of ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman.''
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Drill from ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', the default form of [[SixthRanger GokaiSilver's]] personal mecha [=GoZyuJin=]. Technically speaking, it's actually a Drill Jet[[note]]Since it represents the true power of the ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'', it's based off of their own Time Jets[[/note]], but in practice it hovers low to the ground and generally acts like a Drill Tank (presumably because having it fly in every battle would make production costs skyrocket).
7th Nov '16 12:19:35 PM BattleMaster
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** The Combiner Wars version of Nosecone, being a retool of Combiner Wars Brawl, uses his drill as a hand-held weapon. The Unite Warriors version can use his drill, but it looks awkward. Titans Return Nightbeat turns into a drill tank that can be held by a larger figure as a weapon.
18th Aug '16 8:33:58 AM Godzillawolf
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** This is more or less a ''Franchise/BraveSeries'' tradition, all the way back with ''Anime/BraveExkaiser'' and Drill Max.
24th May '16 11:30:55 AM Prime32
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The concept is simple, really. A tracked vehicle with a great big [[ThisIsADrill drill]] bolted onto the front. What it is varies. Theoretically, this may be intended as a mining and/or tunneling vehicle, and indeed, many of them do use them to tunnel beneath the earth. Others use them to break through walls and other barriers. Quite a few of them are used directly against enemies. There is an occasional variant in the form of a Drill ''Jet'', which is exactly what it sounds like.

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The concept is simple, really. A tracked vehicle with a one or more great big [[ThisIsADrill drill]] drills]] bolted onto the front. What it is varies. Theoretically, this may be intended as a mining and/or tunneling vehicle, and indeed, many of them do use them to tunnel beneath the earth. Others use them to break through walls and other barriers. Quite a few of them are used directly against enemies. There is an occasional variant in the form of a Drill ''Jet'', which is exactly what it sounds like.



* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' has a HumongousMecha example with the [[http://www.mahq.net/mecha/gundam/msv/ems-05.htm Agg]], a Zeon machine which was designed to tunnel into TheFederation's ElaborateUndergroundBase headquarters. The design never actually appeared in the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' anime[[note]]A RetCon established that Char Aznable found a secret entrance that rendered the Agg unnecessarry[[/note]] but has popped up in later video games.

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* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' has a HumongousMecha example with the [[http://www.mahq.net/mecha/gundam/msv/ems-05.htm Agg]], a Zeon machine which was designed to tunnel into TheFederation's ElaborateUndergroundBase headquarters. The design never actually appeared in the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' anime[[note]]A RetCon established that Char Aznable found a secret entrance that rendered the Agg unnecessarry[[/note]] unnecessary[[/note]] but has popped up in later video games.
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