Project: Space Needle Status: Completed Start Date: December 2004 Completion Date: September 2008 Estimated Bricks: 30,000 approx. Project Budget: Way Over Budget Worksite Injuries: None
The Real Deal: The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle, WA. The theme was Century 21, a look at the future. The pavilions highlighted looks at the future. The Seattle Monorail was a look at modern transportation. The Space Needle was the centerpiece of the fair. It is a tri-pod structure with three elevators to take you to the top. The entrance was remodel a few years ago and features a partial spiral up to a second floor where you catch the elevator to the top. The lower deck that sits in the legs used to be many things and is used for special events today. The lower part of the saucer is the revolving restaurant where one can dine and get a 360 degree view of Seattle. The upper part is the observation deck where you can get an excellent view as well. The real space needle is 605 feet tall.
MOC Space Needle: This is the one thing that I have always wanted to build. And it only took 4 years!! Actually, got distracted in that time, buying a house and getting married but it was worth it. It was a real challenge since the structures is a tri-pod and the saucer is round.I used a lot of hinges, tiles, windows, plates, just about everything to complete it. Getting the pieces for the project took a lot of time. For the legs, I used lots of tiles and 1x2x1 white panels, about 2700 of them. In the middle of the construction, I moved and the needle came with us. I did make the design come apart so it could be easily moved, but didn't fair well in transport and essentially had to start over. The legs, and the center column with the elevator tracks were redesigned many times. Some things that worked at a foot tall did not work at 8 feet. It is finally done and this is the best creation I have made.
Ryan, I am extremely glad that I found you as a Lego seller at one of my favorite websites.
Thanks for the offer to visit your MOC page.
I, like everyone before me, am extremely impressed. To build something so magnificent and make it big enough to adequately display Mini-figures relatively to scale is an extremely awesome undertaking.
Maybe someday I too will gain enough confidence to actually build something like that. You are my Lego Hero!
This is brilliant moc! The details really put this over the top. The only thing that would make this better is the elevators that run up and down the legs. Im a washingtonian so the space needle is a pretty common sight in my day to day lifeand this is a perfect representation of it