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The White Egret
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 Himeji Castle is a challenging Metal Earth model. It consists of 57 pieces on three sheets of metal.
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for small children. Metal Earth was originally called MetalWorks.
Are you curious...?
The feudal-era castle in Himeji, Japan, was known as the White Egret or the White Heron castle for its bright color and its resemblance to a bird taking flight. A fort was built on the site In 1333. The fort was dismantled and rebuilt as a castle in 1346, but it wouldn't become known as the Himeji Castle for another 200 years. It was extensively remodeled in 1581 and again in 1601, finally achieving its current form by 1618. The complex of 83 buildings survived all manner of disasters over the next 400 years, including World War II bombing and numerous earthquakes.