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Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on one, two, or three 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. Metal Earth models are a little less challenging than our 3D wooden puzzles, but you do need some patience and dexterity because they're also much smaller. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products tab).
The Arc de Triomphe is an easy Metal Earth model. It consists of just 11 pieces on one sheet of metal. Assembled, it measures 3.2" x 1.75" x 3.2". (8.12 x 4.44 x 8.2 cm).
Metal Earth (formerly called MetalWorks) models have sharp edges and small pieces. They are not suitable for children under 14.
Are you curious...?
The Emperor Napoleon commissioned the Arc de Triomphe in 1806 after his victory of Austerlitz, after he told his troops "You will return home through arches of triumph." It took two years just to lay the foundations. It's a good thing the soldiers didn't wait; the arch wasn't finished until 1836. Napoleon's remains were carred under the arch in 1840 on their journey from St Helena to his tomb at the Invalides. The Arc de Triomphe became the rallying point of French troops on the annual Bastille Day parade and after victorious military actions. The Germans made a point of marching under the arch in 1871 and 1940, and Allied forces passed through in 1944 and 45.
Located where 12 roads converge at the Place de Charles de Gaulle at one end of the Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe honors veterans of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus, the Arc was the largest triumphal arch in the world until 1982. At 164' (50 m) high, 148' (45 m) wide, and 72' (22 m) deep, the real deal is a lot bigger than our 3D model, but our version won't take you 30 years to finish.