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Made for Movie Mark VIII

Made for Movie Mark VIII in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Movie, 1989 IMDB

Class: Others, Military armored vehicle — Model origin: UK

Made for Movie Mark VIII

Position 01:20:14 [*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

Comments about this vehicle

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wrenchhead US

2006-05-23 16:37

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Here is a picture of the tank.

hiergehts CH

2006-05-23 21:27

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Though it looks somewhat like and has features from WW1 era British designs, I read an article that said this tank isn't based on anything real and was specially created for the film.

junkman UK

2006-05-23 23:33

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Made for movie British MK1 tank

Fatt Matt EN

2007-01-20 16:38

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It's very similar to a British 'Liberty' Tank Mk 8. Basically a World War One shape but with a turet on top. I read that the Tank Museum at Bovington Camp had something to do with this movie - maybe some technical advice when making this tank? It certainly looks the part!

classicarfreak US

2008-06-18 00:50

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For the fist fighting scene between Indy and the Nazis on top of the tank, the real tank was not used. Instead, it was filmed on a rolling platform mad to look like the top of the tank

carfan US

2009-11-01 18:49

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When I was younger I got a toy of this tank from Disney world (along with the "Flying Wing" plane). But one day my parents hired some cleaners to have our house cleaned and I haven't seen it since. Still have the Flying Wing though.

Trainboy12 UK

2009-12-21 13:38

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From Wikipedia:


Mechanical effects supervisor George Gibbs said The Last Crusade was the most difficult film of his career. He visited a museum to negotiate renting a small French World War I tank, but decided he wanted to make one. The tank was based on the Tank Mark VIII, which was 36 feet and 28 tons. Gibbs built the tank over the framework of a 28-ton excavator and added seven ton tracks that were driven by two automatic hydraulic pumps, each connected to a Range Rover V8 engine. Gibbs built the tank from steel rather than aluminum or fiberglass because it would allow the realistically suspensionless vehicle to endure the rocky surfaces. Unlike its historical counterpart—which had four side guns—the tank had a turret and two guns on its sides. It took four months to build and was transported to Almería on a Short Belfast plane and then a low loader truck.


The tank broke down twice. The rotor arm in the distributor broke and a replacement had to be sourced from Madrid. Then two of the valves in the device used to cool the oil exploded, due to solder melting and mixing with the oil. It was very hot in the tank, despite the installation of ten fans, and the lack of suspension meant the driver was unable to stop shaking during filming breaks. The tank only moved at ten to twelve miles per hour, which Vic Armstrong said made it difficult to film Indiana riding a horse against the tank while making it appear faster. A smaller section of the tank's top made from aluminum and which used rubber tracks was used for close-ups. It was built from a searchlight trailer, weighed eight tons, and was towed by a four-wheel drive truck. It had safety nets on each end to prevent injury to those falling off. A quarter-scale model by Gibbs was driven over a 50 foot cliff on location; Industrial Light and Magic created further shots of the tank's destruction with models and miniatures


-- Last edit: 2009-12-21 13:39:38

Sunbar UK

2009-12-21 13:50

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'International' Tank Mark VIII at Bovingdon Tank Museum

Link to "www.tankmuseum.org"

Sonofmydad US

2011-04-01 06:50

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Sunbar, that was a very rewarding link. Tanks for that!

I recently saw the little Hasbro™/galoob™ die-cast miniature of the movie-tank in a close-out store for $2.49(U.S.) and decided my budget could stand it. This is one of a series of movie-vehicles made to fit a standard-sized blister package. So it's in whatever "scale" fits the packaging, regardless of what scale the next item may be. The package-literature (such as it is) calls it a "Mark VII" (of which only one was ever actually made). Looking up Internet-info on that--has led me here. So there's still some upside.

maxman CA

2011-07-01 20:05

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The story is that the tank was given to a Middle East king or sultan after the war, who had it modified to look like this, and was then used by the Nazis.

2491tj EN

2012-12-02 17:46

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Trainboy12 wrote From Wikipedia:

UPDATE...THE FULLSIZE PROP IS CURRENTLY RUSTING AWAY IN UNDERGROWTH AT THE INDIANA JONES SHOW,DISNEY HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS. WHERE IT IS A NON RUNNER..THERE IS A PICTURE OF IT IN ITS CURRENT STSTE ON THE FLICKR WEBSITE.

-- Last edit: 2012-12-03 17:41:55 (antp)

Lateef NO

2013-06-06 16:57

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kooshmeister US

2018-02-09 20:00

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2491tj wrote
UPDATE...THE FULLSIZE PROP IS CURRENTLY RUSTING AWAY IN UNDERGROWTH AT THE INDIANA JONES SHOW,DISNEY HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS. WHERE IT IS A NON RUNNER..THERE IS A PICTURE OF IT IN ITS CURRENT STSTE ON THE FLICKR WEBSITE.


It appears to have been restored:

[Image: tank.1.jpg]

Can't say the same for the Citroën troop carrier, though.

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