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801 Grand Avenue
801 Grand Avenue, Iowa’s tallest building, was my choice to capture in my first micro-scale MOC. See it in person at Brickworld2011!
About this creation
As I've emerged from my "Dark Ages" I have been glued to the community galleries and blogs, and continually I am impressed with the creations I have seen. Micro-scale creations have, in particular, grabbed my attention. I just enjoy the scale, the innovative use of parts, and the challenge of capturing a subjects character.

So for my first micro-scale MOC I chose to capture the distinct character of 801 Grand Avenue, the Principal Tower, from my home town of Des Moines, Iowa.

801 Grand Avenue, Iowa’s tallest building, was completed in 1991 and its 45 floors reach 192 meters (630’). Its bottom 3 floors contain a retail mall connected to the downtown skywalk system. The top two floors contain a private restaurant that enjoy a unprecedented view of the city.

My Version was built mostly Aug 2010 – May 2011.

  • Its the tallest LEGO skyscraper in my house (so far)
  • Its 45 floors reaching .0475 meters (18.75")
  • I used 2774 LEGO elements; Of which:
  • 1381 elements are Tan
  • Only 7 elements are Dark Blue, but they show up 588 times

The SE Corner




The NE Corner




Here is the real tower and the South facing main entrance.








Comments

 I like it 
  June 8, 2013
This is really awesome!!! I'm from Des Moines too!
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  April 4, 2013
beautiful, whats the scale
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  October 17, 2011
Hey Chris, that is awesome! i actually work on the 26th floor of 801. i'm also mid 30's and an avid lego builder, hit mw up with an email at tuckertank@gmail.com if you ever want to chat or meet another local builder! very cool MOC.
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  June 22, 2011
It was great to meet you and see this in person at Brickworld 2011. After seeing this model, I realize how useful the backside of headlight bricks can be! Stay tuned for something new from me utilizing a similar technique! In the meantime, I'm looking forward to your next microscale MOC.
 I made it 
  June 9, 2011
Thanks all for the positive comments. The roof was interesting. I started there realizing that it, and the top most 4 floors, would present the challenge. I'm satisfied with the resulting 8 sided roof, though it needs a bit more pitch to be more accurate. The transition from the top floors to the main body of the tower is a subject for improvement. I'd love to hear/discuss ideas on that :) As soon as I upload the in-progress photos to Brickshelf, I'll add the link here as well. Again thanks!
Chris Hettinger
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Sam Knavel
  June 3, 2011
I love this!
Chris Hettinger
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AA (Noname)
  June 3, 2011
Wow! Great job!
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  June 3, 2011
Can't wait to see this at Brickworld!
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  June 3, 2011
Thats a very nice building, I really like all those angles.
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  June 3, 2011
great job on this, its very impressive!
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  June 3, 2011
Impressive!
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  June 3, 2011
Very nice! Ditto on the look of the roof - well done.
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  June 3, 2011
I think especially the roof is interesting and well done.
 I like it 
  June 2, 2011
Nice work. The roof is a bit sketchy, but otherwise this is pretty amazing.
 
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