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 Fanciful underground exploration machines with the form of a giant drilling bit hauling a cabin behind it through solid rock have a long history. The most popularly known example may be "The Mole" from Gerry Anderson's "Thunderbirds" sci-fi marionette show of the 1960's. Fanciful underground exploration machines with the form of a giant drilling bit hauling a cabin behind it through solid rock have a long history. The most popularly known example may be "The Mole" from Gerry Anderson's "Thunderbirds" sci-fi marionette show of the 1960's.
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 ==THE VISION== ==THE VISION==
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   * Exterior paint job: fake weathered metal with rock-scrapes, welding and oil leaks; the drill bit was fake-scoured from its grinding work through rock.   * Exterior paint job: fake weathered metal with rock-scrapes, welding and oil leaks; the drill bit was fake-scoured from its grinding work through rock.
   * Initial tear down time at Artifactory: 24 minutes. Construction time pre-show: 30 minutes. Tear down after the show: 13 minutes.    * Initial tear down time at Artifactory: 24 minutes. Construction time pre-show: 30 minutes. Tear down after the show: 13 minutes. 
-  * Modular construction featured 3 octagonal cores that formed the dividing walls down the body, and 3 strong-framed panels (top and two sides) per core segment held together with long bolts per panel to allow rapid assembly, and self-bracing. +  * Modular construction featured 3 octagonal cores that formed the dividing walls down the body, and 3 strong-framed panels (top and two sides) per core segment held together with two long bolts per panel to allow rapid assembly, and self-bracing. 
   * Nose cone drill bit was supported by an octagonal "wire-frame" of pine, with the drill-bit panels secured to it by a minimum of screws.   * Nose cone drill bit was supported by an octagonal "wire-frame" of pine, with the drill-bit panels secured to it by a minimum of screws.
   * Other core side panels also barely held in place. Initial plans were even for velcro!   * Other core side panels also barely held in place. Initial plans were even for velcro!
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