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Old 06-15-2018, 09:26 AM
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Coming along nicely. You must have the patience of a saint to do all that cutting!

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Old 06-15-2018, 11:21 AM
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Just keep repeating and repeating "cutting is relaxing......"
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Old 06-18-2018, 12:48 PM
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Hi Ruben, really enjoying your build and thread. I am sure it is going to be an epic success.

I am looking forward to watching the tower grow and "mature" over time. Not to be rushed but to be savoured.

Regards

Kevin
Thank you Kevin!


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Coming along nicely. You must have the patience of a saint to do all that cutting!

Fred
Thanks for your words, Fred.


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Just keep repeating and repeating "cutting is relaxing......"
Is it supposed to be?






The base was finished.

UHU's design of the base is well-thought, and is assembled easily.
However, it seems to me it is unstable, and not so sturdy.
The base can (and will) sag and deform over time.
So that's why I heavily reinforced the innards.

The columns received a strengthening treatment by means of an accordion-shaped
internal structure that helps them to keep shape and support more weight.
The lower angles are reinforced with 2,5 mm cardboard.

Tokyo Tower - detailed version - UHU - scale 1:400-tt_008.jpg



On the inside, the bottom of the pit, and the walls were reinforced too.

In this photo, on the left. You can see another big 2,5 mm cardboard piece
that is glued on the bottom of the pit's reinforcement, and that fits tightly supporting the walls.
The small cut-out squares will let the columns to pass through, and will hold them in place.

Tokyo Tower - detailed version - UHU - scale 1:400-tt_009.jpg


Once everything is assembled, and some other support pieces are added,
the base is completely covered, and the nice textured columns can not be seen anymore.
But the base now weights more than 1Lb, and is very strong.
It will stand strong handling, and its walls won't deform at all.

Tokyo Tower - detailed version - UHU - scale 1:400-tt_010.jpg







Front view of the finished base, with the support sockets that will receive the legs of the tower.

Tokyo Tower - detailed version - UHU - scale 1:400-tt_011.jpg









Rear view of the finished base:

Tokyo Tower - detailed version - UHU - scale 1:400-tt_012.jpg





For those interested: here's a close-up of the inner side of my modified slope.

Tokyo Tower - detailed version - UHU - scale 1:400-tt_013.jpg





I don't mind showing my mistakes, and I usually don't attempt to hide them.

Here are two close-ups of the mos notorious mistakes I made:

Tokyo Tower - detailed version - UHU - scale 1:400-tt_014.jpg


Tokyo Tower - detailed version - UHU - scale 1:400-tt_015.jpg


I should have reinforced the pavement too. Not only the walls

There's noticeable warping that can not be corrected at this stage.
In any case, most probably it will be hidden behind the building and tower
once finished. And even before this warping occurred, I was already thinking
on putting a couple of vehicles there. So not much of a problem after all.


But if you plan to build this same kit in the future, take care and consider reinforcing it.


The completed base with internal columns and shoes for the legs required a total of 460 cuts.
Not counting the reinforcement pieces I added.


Thanks for reading.




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Old 06-18-2018, 01:16 PM
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Just tell people the warping is caused by Godzilla stepping on the pavement.
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Old 06-18-2018, 02:06 PM
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Just tell people the warping is caused by Godzilla stepping on the pavement.
Ah but then he'd just have to make the beast to go with it Doug.

https://tektonten.blogspot.com/2014/...per-model.html
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Old 06-18-2018, 03:25 PM
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Besides Ruben we will all be amazed looking at that beautiful red structure that no one will notice the pavement.
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Old 07-20-2018, 11:32 AM
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No, I have not abandoned this project.
It's been lack of proper modeling time.
But I'm back.

Now... the inside of the legs are a bit tedious.
Several triangular supports need to be cut, fitted and glued.
Depending on how precise you were assembling the outside of the legs
and the internal squared support that joins them, you'll need to trim
the triangular pieces a bit (or much, or nothing at all).









After they're in place, the platform of the first "level" can be assembled.

UHU's original instructions call for the "floor" of this level to be glued to the bigger structure,
and then glue the "walls". I found it was much better to assemble floor and walls before,
as in the following photo, and when dry then proceed to glue the whole assembly to the tower.






After that the delicate inner truss of the legs can be cut and glued in place.

How delicate is it?
Well...

We have cuts of less than 1mm.
And remember I upscaled this by 25% to get 1:400 instead of the original 1:500.






It took me about 15 minutes "per leg" only to carefully glue each internal truss.
Which means I spend about 1 hour gluing all the 4 internal trusses.


Patience and precision are important. Accuracy can not be hurried.
(I didn't even timed how much I spent cutting).







So, here's where we're at:










I'm finding probably the most difficult part of this project is learning how to take good photos of it.
The structure is difficult to appreciate. Specially when your own eyes start blurring
with all those red angled lines criss-crossing in 3D.


At the present point, there have been 4718 cuts made including what has been done to the tower and the base.


Thanks for reading, and until the next time.
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Old 07-20-2018, 11:43 AM
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Thumbs up

Ouch, that hurts my brain just looking at it.
Much praise goes your way for your patience and persistence.
It does look very good.
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Old 07-20-2018, 12:09 PM
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That looks very laborious and complicated. But it looks fabulous, well worth the effort.
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Old 07-21-2018, 04:26 AM
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Just a mind blowing build.😲
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