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26" Tall MicroScale Lippo Centre Twin Towers (from Hong Kong) . Hk Twin Towers designed by an Australian architect to look like Koala Bears climbing up 2 trees . As you can see, this bldg, although it really feels like a skyscraper when you walk up to it, is a little guy compared to the other skyscrapers I have built. Lippo Centre. Here is a nice computer generated model of the bldg, as seen from above In case you want to take a taxi ride there... I love the fact that this bldg has Drake Street on the North side of it. This shot gives you an idea of the scale of this twin tower complex. I have plans to complete a proper street scene with the Tram that runs in front of the building, but in 32 hours I board a plane for Hong Kong, and not wanting to see something about the bldg that I didn't notice before, and subsequently have inclinations to tear it apart and re-do it, I have decided to just post it now as is, and clean up the street scene after I get back. Always thinking ahead to the next BrickFair, I am now building everything modularly Each tower has 4 modular components that come off, making the bldg easier to transport "The Podium from Hell" Aaarrrrghh. I have never built a podium before, always just shooting up with the tower. My 1st bldg was the TaiPei 101, and I excluded the podium mall from the design. Tower #2 was the Bank of China Tower in HK, which has no podium, but a waterfalls I left out of the design. Tower #3 was the ShangHai Oriental Pearl Tower, and I have not even completed the podium on that one yet. Tower #4 was the ShangHai World Finance Center, and, agian, I left the podium complex out. Well, this puppy just wasn't going up without the podium underneath it. And it was the part that really hurt! So many angles, so many cantileverd wings, so many, so much, so odd. I have suffered 1,000 podiums with this bldg. And after I got it done, I love it! SNOT ! SNOT !!! This building has studs going in 9 different directions. Each tower is octagonal, and while I truly wanted to build it using transparent blue bricks, the transparent blue brick inventory on bricklink looked about as sad as it did after I built the Hong Kong Bank of China Tower a couple years back. With no blue bricks available, I opted for the next best thing, transparent blue tiles stuck to light bluish-grey plates. While the visual affect if nice, without a sufficient amount of clear plates available, lighting this up from the inside is now impossible. PIC #6 below PIC #7 below And those columns. This part was a beast, getting them all juxtaposed just right in relation to the towers above. And then having an octagonal tower teetering on spindly towers made out of 2x2 cylinders. I developed a rotating turntable underneath each tower that is rotated 45 degrees, with plates and hinges used to transfer direction, and each one provides 2 sturdy legs for each tower. The rest of the support is provided by the spindly columns... PIC #10 below PIC #12 below PIC #15 below PIC #16 below PIC #17 below Looking down from above Looking down from above Looking down from above Looking down from above *------------------------------------------* | The Official Props to the Wife Section | *------------------------------------------* The beloved co-lover of all things Lego of all things Hong Kong really rose to the occasion with this one. The Podium, that F****-in' podium. You've no idea how many times I had to just go back upstairs and partake in podium-memory-erasing libations during this production. The best advice from her on this one, after I had the podium 90% finished, and 2 towers firmly connected to the base plate, through the podium, at the point in time when I realized the podium height on the back was off by about 2 bricks, was this simple, soothing, saying, "Nobody but you will EVER know!" She's right; I've visited this building 3 or 4 times, camera in hand, with the mission of photographing every single deatil of it, and I still can't quite figure out what went wrong, and I agree, nobody will ever know. Thanks Linda! XOXO Here are some great shots of the actual Lippo Center Twin Towers: http://flickrhivemind.net/Tags/lippocentre/Interesting


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