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Eiffel Tower, Paris
This model consists of about 1,400 pieces.
About this creation
This is my tenth skyscraper based off of Spencer Rezkalla's original design, and my eleventh overall. Completed in 1889, the Eiffel Tower stands on Paris' Champ de Mars and was built as an entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair. Consisting of 18,038 different pieces and two and a half million rivets, La Dame de fer (the iron lady) was put put together by 300 workers over a two-year period. The tower's namesake, Gustave Eiffel, was the project's engineer, assissted by engineers Émile Nouguier and Maurice Koechlin and architect Stephen Sauvestre. Originally, Eiffel's permit for the tower required that it be dismantled after 20 years, which would have been in 1909. However, La Tour Eiffel proved invaluable for communication purposes and was allowed to remain after the permit's expiry.

This model is my third international skyscraper and my first attempt at a skyscraper built completely out of flex tubes. Working on this model was a fun process because of the discovering-while-building aspect of it. In other words, there was no specific plan for exactly what number of pieces this model would contain or how the pieces would all be connected. I figured this out as I was building which proved to be a valuable learning experience. This model took a total of about three days to design, about eight hours to build, and an overall two months to complete. Model completed May 9, 2011.

More photos on Brickshelf

Construction photos here

LEGOŽ Digital Designer file here

At 1,063 ft tall, the Eiffel Tower is equivalent to about eighty-one stories. Although, the tower has only three floors, two of which are on the two platforms, and one at the top. The Eiffel Tower was the tallest man-made structure in the world for forty-one years until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York City in 1930. But with the addition of a broadcast antenna in 1957, the Eiffel Tower was, once again, taller than the Chrysler Building.


La Tour Eiffel is repainted every seven years to prevent corrosion caused by rust. Each time it is painted, the color may be changed and vary in tint as it increases in height. It is currently painted a shade of brownish-gray and is darkest below the first platform. Between the first and second platforms is a lighter shade, with the lightest shade above the secoond platform. When it is maintained, as much as 50 to 60 tonnes of paint are applied.


The long gray building beside the south leg houses hydraulics that run the lifts which take visitors to the tower's vorious levels. Both the first and second platforms have restaurants on them. The third and highest level is for observation.



The second level, above which the model's lower sixteen flex tubes terminate and are connected to new ones using smooth technic axle connectors. The level's SNOT sides are connected to the platform via four 1x2- 2x2 brackets. This level simply sits on top of the four 4x4 technic liftarm ellipses seen in this picture. Additionally, the aforementioned brackets attach to 1x4 technic liftarms that hold the front corners of each of the lower four legs of the tower together.


The lower half of the tower.








A final look at the iconic structure.



Comments

 I like it 
  April 5, 2014
I love the out on the edge Lego techniques used on this one, and I guess it goes without saying that the shot of you holding the entire MOC on its side is darn impressive. It's a shame I dislike France so much though, when I was in line to go up the Eiffel Tower, their security staff confiscated my Red Bulls, and Red Bulls were hard for me to find in Dijon where I had been working. Anyway, this is both an amazing MOC and an amazing tower in real life, HUGE gusset plates up there on the observation decks. Love this one!
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  May 19, 2012
Very nicely done, and super sturdy too!
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  March 12, 2012
I don't know know what to say.This is brilliant and inspiring!!!!
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  March 6, 2012
very good build. i don't know what to say. 5/5
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  January 23, 2012
Stunning build, you really mastered a difficult shape there - great techniques!
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  November 25, 2011
That's like the real one! Fantastic!
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  November 24, 2011
Rocco, I'm italian, and i stayed in Paris the last year...,watching your Tour Eiffel, I'm speechless!!!!! This is a work of 'art!!! My best congratulation for this work!
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  November 24, 2011
Rocco, I'm italian, and i stayed in Paris the last year...,watching your Tour Eiffel, I'm speechless!!!!! This is a work of 'art!!! My best congratulation for this work!
 I made it 
  October 2, 2011
Quoting Sam Knavel Hey Rocco, Have you ever thought of using a white background for you creations? Just get white paper and fold it up, do you think you can do that?
Thanks for the idea, Sam! I took it into consideration...:P
 I like it 
  September 27, 2011
Awe-inspiring!
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  August 18, 2011
Impressive!
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  August 18, 2011
Stunning!
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  August 18, 2011
This is a really impressive build, excellent work!
  July 7, 2011
This has given me an idea for a building. I'm not sure if it'll work though, and it's not possible to build in LDD. I only have three flex tubes (from the Space Needle set) and need to order about 15 more when I get some extra cash.
 I like it 
  June 2, 2011
This deserves more views man, great work.
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  May 21, 2011
The Eiffel Tower looks great.It looks like you put a lot of work and effort into it. I looking forward to your next ones.
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  May 19, 2011
I think this model is awesome, you are a great designer with a gift. Can't wait to see Rocco's skyline complete and I look forward to your next creation
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  May 16, 2011
excellent work.
Rocco Buttliere
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Sam Knavel
  May 15, 2011
Hey Rocco, Have you ever thought of using a white background for you creations? Just get white paper and fold it up, do you think you can do that?
 I like it 
  May 15, 2011
Excellent job!!! Your descriptions of all the buildings are amazing!
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  May 15, 2011
I'm not much into the building MOC's, but this is pretty awesome (I already gave it a 5 star rating this morning)! The mechanism for the 'pillars' is great too.
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  May 15, 2011
Impressive! The structure is really clever!
Rocco Buttliere
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Sam Knavel
  May 14, 2011
This is incredible! I might use the same technique for my pyramid on the Bank of America Plaza, Hope I can get to Brickworld this summer, It will be epic to see this! BTW, Did you get my email?
Rocco Buttliere
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Mark E
  May 14, 2011
deserves more comments definitely!
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  May 14, 2011
awesome design!
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  May 14, 2011
Much better and infinity times more stable than the official set!
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  May 14, 2011
The shape is great! Really great use of the flex tubes, I love this!
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  May 14, 2011
Breathtaking!
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  May 14, 2011
Beautiful!
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  May 14, 2011
Very nice, my daughter got to go last summer and she brought back pics. This is well done!
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  May 14, 2011
wow, u are very underrated!!
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  May 14, 2011
Very clever and beautiful.
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  May 14, 2011
Wow, this is amazing! The Eiffel Tower isn't very easy to make in Lego, but you did it perfectly!
 I like it 
  May 14, 2011
Nice. I'm glad you found the building experience fun. Trying to get the shape right and constantly adding and removing entire groups of parts on a flex tube was very tedious for me.
 I made it 
  May 14, 2011
Quoting Paul Wellington Correction eleventh tower overall. Can't wait to see this at Brickworld! I haven't even touched my city in the last six weeks so I really have to hit it hard over the next month.
Thanx for correcting me Paul! Glad you caught that!! And I can't wait to see your city either!
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  May 14, 2011
Correction eleventh tower overall. Can't wait to see this at Brickworld! I haven't even touched my city in the last six weeks so I really have to hit it hard over the next month.
 
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