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Old August 6th, 2005, 09:12 PM   #1
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US Bank Tower, Los Angeles

Here's my first model, hope you like it. It's the same scale as STR's models. His wonderful work was an inspiration to make my own ones. I'll post more soon.




Update april 30, 2006:





Use the pictures of the finished model as a reference. Let me know if there are any problems. Good luck!

Instructions:

1 The base
1.1 glue part B to the base at D
1.2 glue part C to the base at E

2 The main shaft
2.1 use part A to make a tall cylinder
2.2 use part J as the top of the cyliner

3 The setbacks
3.1 glue both parts G to the main shaft on opposite sides (at 3 and 9 o'clock)
3.2 glue both parts H to the main shaft on opposite sides (at 6 and 12 o'clock)
make sure the left one of parts H is at 6 o'clock (entrance)
3.3 put parts F in the corners in between parts G and H
3.4 glue both parts I to the tower at 6 and 12 o'clock
the right one should be at 6 0'clock (entrance)
fold the green pilars in the middle

4 The facades
4.1 print parts K, L, M, N and U on normal paper
4.2 fold all these parts in a zigzag pattern, use the black lines as a reference, the windows should be the "mountain"
4.3 parts K should be glued to G, part M to I at 6 0'clock, part N to I at 12 0'clock, parts L to H, part U to the main shaft at the top
4.4 glue part V to the base at 12 o'clock

5 The entrance
5.1 take part T and fold the 6 green parts so they become semi-circular, then glue it to the bottom at the entrance so the semi-circles fall in between the pilars from 3.4

6 The crown
6.1 use normal paper for parts O, P, Q, R and S
6.2 the light parts of part O are glue parts, fold part R in zigzag pattern and glue in to part O so it becomes a star
6.3 fold part S in a zigzag pattern and glue it to part P so it becomes a star
6.4 the star from 6.3 should now fit in between the star from 6,2
6.5 use part Q to make a flat cylinder and glue is on top of the crown

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Old August 6th, 2005, 11:14 PM   #2
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wow, very nice 10/10
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Old August 6th, 2005, 11:54 PM   #3
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wow!!!
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Old August 7th, 2005, 11:51 AM   #4
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Great one !!
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Old August 7th, 2005, 04:29 PM   #5
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Here's my first model, hope you like it. It's the same scale as STR's models. His wonderful work was an inspiration to make my own ones. I'll post more soon.
Beautiful model, I'd like to make it. Why don't you post the plans?
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Old August 7th, 2005, 07:23 PM   #6
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This is by far the most impressive model Iīve ever seen!!! OMG, I canīt believe it!!! How could you make it??? Itīs so perfect. Why donīt you post the plans, I want to make it.
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Old August 9th, 2005, 12:16 AM   #7
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I'll post the plans as soon as I remove some small mistakes and add assembly instructions. You'll need tweezers for the portal and the spire!

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This is by far the most impressive model Iīve ever seen!!! OMG, I canīt believe it!!! How could you make it??? Itīs so perfect. Why donīt you post the plans, I want to make it.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 12:13 AM   #8
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I'll post the plans as soon as I remove some small mistakes and add assembly instructions. You'll need tweezers for the portal and the spire!
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Old August 11th, 2005, 12:38 AM   #9
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Interesting how you built the basic shape then put the corrugated facade on top. A very nice effect.

I also noticed you added the gargoyles to the Chrysler Building, a detail I considered but rejected on the grounds that the parts would be too small.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 07:44 PM   #10
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Very well spot, I used regular paper for those corrugated facades, but it was still a lot of work because I had to do a lot of very long and thin folds over the length.

Yes, I also did some costum work on your great models. The gargoyles are just some tips of toothpick covered with aluminium foil. From a distance they give the illusion that the eagle heads are there.

It's not very clear on this picture but I also did Chrysler's spire with aluminium foil which was a lot of work, so now it shines like it should. I also printed the Trump World Tower on photo paper to give it that dark shiny look.

I love your models and my main interest lays with New York buildings. I couldn't wait so I designed some myself. I now have the US Bank Tower (not NYC but LA, I know), Citigroup Center, 53rd at Third (Lipstick building) and the Metlife building. I'l post them all here.

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Interesting how you built the basic shape then put the corrugated facade on top. A very nice effect.

I also noticed you added the gargoyles to the Chrysler Building, a detail I considered but rejected on the grounds that the parts would be too small.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 08:48 PM   #11
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Which Metlife? The 1907 tower or the former PanAm?
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Old August 11th, 2005, 09:34 PM   #12
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The former PanAm. Not the most elegant of buildings, I know, but undeniably part of the NYC skyline. When I finished and put it next to the other ones it really became clear how bulky the building really is.

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Old August 11th, 2005, 10:35 PM   #13
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Yeah, MetLife has more office space than ESB.
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Old August 21st, 2005, 03:39 PM   #14
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thats a very detailed model! great work. you use cardstock? how did u make the planes so straight especially the citigroup center? thanks
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Old August 21st, 2005, 11:55 PM   #15
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thats a very detailed model! great work. you use cardstock? how did u make the planes so straight especially the citigroup center? thanks
I used 110 gr paper on Citigroup, don't know if that's the definition of cardstock. Same for US Bank except that I used normal paper to make the facades.

I found out that the thicker the paper the harder it is to get sharp folds and most of the times the folds become rough. If the paper is too thin the model becomes floppy. 110 gr is fine with those two towers but too thin for Sears and WTC, so I used 180 gr on those. So you have to use heavy paper on tall buildings and thin on smaller ones. Or a combination of the two, like on the US Bank.

I use a metal ruler to make the folds. I lay the paper with the fold-line on the edge of the ruler and then with my fingers I bend the paper over that edge. After that I put the two sides together and put a little pressure on the fold with that same ruler to make it razorsharp. Hope that helps.
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Old October 2nd, 2005, 04:02 AM   #16
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if i didn't know better i would think it was I.M Pei himself [ the architect ]
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Old October 2nd, 2005, 04:39 AM   #17
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Great model. I always thought the tower looked like a stylised person. (head, shoulders and arms)
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Old October 5th, 2005, 01:32 PM   #18
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Great model. I always thought the tower looked like a stylised person. (head, shoulders and arms)
Funny, I have the same idea about Cityspire in New York.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 05:53 PM   #19
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He even added Bunker Hill Steps.

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wow, that is really cool 12/10! did u do that all on your own?
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