Sunday, 18 May 2014

Indiana Jones and the Very Big Tank


Fans of the Indiana Jones movie will remember the very big WWI-type tank in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade.

The movie tank is a mock-up based on a civilian plant but it was a copy of a real tank: or perhaps inspired by might be a better description.




This is the tank: the British Heavy Tank Mk VIII also known as the International or the Liberty Tank as it was intended to manufacture them in the USA as well as the UK.




The movie designers added a turret to the top, presumably on the grounds that modern audiences know a 'tank' has a turret.

For those who want to model this bad boy - well now you can.






I give you 'The MkIX Beast' from Copplestone Castings.

It ain't cheap: a model this big will set you back  £40 when you add postage and another £6 if you wish to buy the baggage set to kit it out like the movie.

12 comments:

  1. It is a wonderful tank and I want one for VBCW

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  2. I just got back from Disney World in Florida, and by the exit to the Indiana Jones show at the Hollywood Studios park there's either the refurbished tank from the movie or a mock up of it.

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    1. What fun. It could well be the original.

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    2. We are off there next week so will keep a look at for this:)

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  3. Awesome post, I have always thought that was an awesome tank.

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    1. It was the last word in British WWI Heavy Tanks.

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  4. Great post again, John; this is above and beyond the call of duty for me, though...

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  5. I am almost certain I will succumb, Monty.

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  6. £46 is a pretty penny, but just think of the time you will enjoy building and painting it... at a £ per hour rate, it seems a down right bargain.

    That's the line I used on my wife when getting authorized for a Baneblade anyway...

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    1. Hold on, I'll just jot that down...:)

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