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Thursday, October 30, 2008

An Eiffel Tower. Made of Lego

So before I went away, there was one thing I absolutely had to do.

Build an Eiffel Tower out of Lego.

Sounds easy, doesn't it?

It wasn't.

For a start, there were 87 different types of brick, and a total of 3,428 to be put together.

Eiffel build 1

There were a total of 184 instructions to be followed. Helpfully these were divided into 3 A4 instruction booklets.

There was so much because the model was 1:300 scale; 108cm high, and 50 cm wide at the base.

Oh, and Treason and Treachery fancied being assistant project managers. Which meant that I couldn't sort the 87 different types immediately. Instead, I had to count as I went along. And only use the kitchen table rather than the living room floor.

Eiffel build 2

I started at 10am, and progress at first was electric.

Eiffel build 3

From base to patio plate was completed in no time.

Eiffel build 4

But then things started to get tricky, as supporting columns needed to be built. Which meant some intricate building. And by this stage, brick finding was already getting complicated.

Eiffel build 5

So when stage 1 was completed, it was with a real sense of achievement. And a break for lunch. But only 30 minutes.

Eiffel build 9

Stage 2 started far too easily.

Eiffel build 10

The difficulty soon re-asserted itself, however.

Eiffel build 11

And by this stage I had started to get despondent. It was nearly 10 hours in, and even with a break for dinner, it was looking as if there was no way it could be finished in one day.

Eiffel build 12

Admittedly, that hadn't been an ambition. But with my feline project help, it wasn't really realistic to leave pieces out. So, what else could be done, but to start stage 3.

Eiffel build 13

By now, extreme building fatigue had set in. My fingertips were hard and red from the constant searching and assembling. My eyes were tired from the constant staring at the pieces, to check that they were correct. And, as the cliche has it, the finish never seems so far away as when you're closest to it.

Eiffel build 16

But dammit, I would not be beaten. Even at 2am. And I was not.

Voila! (The picture's wonky because, frankly, I was by that time.)

Eiffel build 18

Ms Beta is at the moment tolerating the model in the living room, and we have high hopes of capturing Treason and Treachery in a Godzilla moment and using that on our Christmas cards.

Did I learn anything from such a mammoth undertaking? Frankly no. But by god, it was worth it.



Blogger Paul Campy said...

Magnificent. I wonder if there's a London Eye one...?

10:01 am  
Blogger BetaRish said...

That's not a bad idea. Maybe we could get some initial ideas down...

10:19 am  
Blogger james said...

class. have you seen this?

i think someone should get a lego grand designs together...

9:33 pm  
Blogger BetaRish said...

I have. A Lego Grand Designs is a wicked idea. Could be a good comic relief spoof. Anyone got Kevin's number?

9:13 am  

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