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 Post subject: Soda's Empire State Building Project
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:13 pm 
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Well, after a few months sourcing parts (all 4664 of them, plus a few spares), I finally got started. LDD has been a bit of a hassle at times with ridiculous to and fro techniques, jumping from step 1, then to step 200 or something, making the process a battle of how good my memory is. Lets just say I've got used to it and used my imagination a little to build this model and ignored the instructions to some extent. I doubt every piece is exactly as the intructions describe but made a few improvements along the way which don't seem to be much of an issue.

So far, so good.

The model isn't too repetitive as I would have thought (Very rare in buildings) and learnt a heap of new building techniques for when it comes time to design my own model in future years. Model should stand around 4 foot tall and quite a small footprint that would fit well in any location I reckon. I'd recommend it to any fan of scale building replicas. This one will make it to the coffee table in the lounge... :mrgreen:


Anyway, enough of my rabble,pictures speak for themselves:

Day #1 (This part of build took 6 hours)

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Day #2 (Did a 12 hour marathon to get this far)

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Day #3 (Another 7 hours last night....Starting to take shape)

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More pics to follow as I build more......

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 2:49 pm 
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That's looking great Soda! Looks very bloody fiddly I must say. When you build do you glue as I've heard some people do?

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 Post subject: Re: Soda's Empire State Building Project
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 3:26 pm 
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No intention of glueing it BIG. I wouldn't dare consider that with lego, although I've heard some people have.

It locks in pretty firmly and isn't too much of an issue moving around. I've even flipped it upside down due to pieces falling into cavity.

Definitely fiddly to build, in particular the base and first section. As the building gets taller, it also narrows which does help with bracing the platform to build up but also means chubby fingers have a hard time squeezing in the nooks and crannies. Most of the hardship comes from LDD's irregular step process (some steps have pieces floating in thin air) which I've now worked around to avoid tight squeezes.

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 Post subject: Re: Soda's Empire State Building Project
PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:09 am 
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Looking totally awesome... Is it actually going to free stand at 4 foot with such a small footprint?? Can't wait to see it finished.

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The base is quite solid and heavy with the actual structure being virtually hollow and light. I reckon once finished, it would easily be able to stand upright on a 15 degree slope.

It's sturdier than it looks.

Oh, and just to finish the night up, spilt a whole glass of red all over my work....ooops. Thank heavens it washes down easily...:)

I then pour myself another wine and heaven forbid, I spilt that all over it too...... :evil:

Time for bed I think... :roll:

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Looking really good Soda.....haha I was thinking how crap it would be if you dropped a piece down the middle!
Will be an awesome spectacle when finished, keep the pics coming.


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Oh, and just to finish the night up, spilt a whole glass of red all over my work....ooops. Thank heavens it washes down easily...:)

I then pour myself another wine and heaven forbid, I spilt that all over it too...... :evil:

Time for bed I think... :roll:



:lol: :lol: :lol: Hahaha, would have pissed myself laughing if I'd seen that - twice!

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I was thinking how crap it would be if you dropped a piece down the middle!


Done it 5 times already... :shock:

Just grabbed it by the stem, held it upside down and shook like crazy. Since redesigning the internal bracing, seems to hold together nicely.

Dropping it down the stairs .....that's another story....

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Day 4:

Spent a good few hours here but alot of it was dismantling parts of the structure to counteract problems with design. Aesthetically, nothing has changed but much bracing was needed in several areas that didn't become a problem until I started going up. The original designer never took into account the merits of binding/interlocking each brick to neighbouring sections, thus having 5 independant stacks, rather than interlocking them as one.

He definitely has the aesthetics/innovation department sorted but needs to learn a lesson or two on how to make a structure rigid and not fall apart when in transit. It's a solid block now and could be a decent weapon, swinging it over someone's head...lol

Must be my carpentry skills playing havoc... :mrgreen:

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It gets even cooler the higher it goes.. Getting building envy..

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