DINO-TANK; ALIEN KILL (making) #2

Dino-Tank being sculpted

At any rate, I still find it quite odd that Dino-Tank didn’t even have its legs, which I assume was designed to make it look like it was integrated with the tank while it is an unlikely creature on the earth.

The brick-like parts covering its lower part of the body were made from the brick toy called “Daiya Burokku (daiya is from diamond)” by fastening them onto the surface. The brick-like parts should have been placed so as to make the dinosaur’s body look united with the tank part while the brick-like parts are found to have been drawn on Narita’s design as well.

When closely looking at the Dino-Tank costume, it makes me aware that the head and arms appear to have been attached to the body with a feel of different texture although such a process of putting separately sculpted parts together was not unusual.

Dino-Tank at Ryosaku Takayama’s Atelier May

This makes me speculate the body part could not possibly have been made by Takayama as, in my personal view, the body looks rather crude compared to the other parts elaborately sculpted while I am not sure…

The tank is said to have been based on the miniature of the type 61 tank borrowed from Nikkatsu movie company with details added to it while it was used in the 1967 Nikkatsu kaiju movie “Gappa: The Triphibian Monster.” The Daiya Burokku parts are also found to have been used for the surface of the tank Dino rode.

Regarding the story of this episode, it is said that the preparatory script didn’t have the concept of Amagi getting over his weakness caused by his traumatic experience he underwent in his childhood and that the one who removed the time bomb from Spiner was set to be Furuhashi. Thus, it can be said that the content of this episode was deepened by applying Amagi’s personal experience to it.

As to the making of Alien Kill, there is nothing to say about it as they were just portrayed as looking the same as humans. Although there seem to be fans who are interested in which actors played the aliens, I have to admit I am not so much drawn to the topic!

The back of Dino-Tank

2 thoughts on “DINO-TANK; ALIEN KILL (making) #2”

  1. I’ve always wondered how Dino-Tank was operated by the suit actor since it’s so odd-shaped, and the bottom seems to move like a real tank’s wheels. It must be some clever ways the producers used to hide the human shape while making it possible to move in the suit, like what they did with Bullton.

    1. It’s an intriguing subject! Come to think of it, I might have read somewhere that Dino-Tank was operated/dragged by wires from the front along with the power of the tank motor. So it could have been that it was pushed forward from behind by the staff according to the scene not showing the rear part of the tank kaiju. It might have been because the tank motor didn’t work well as the suit with a man inside got on top of it or something although I am not sure…

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