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Big Cracked Bell
Big Ben is a moderate challenge Iconx model. It comes in about 50 pieces on two sheets of metal that you will assemble in 12 steps. "Big Ben" is actually the nickname for the great bell in the clock at the north end of Westminster Palace in London, although most people use the name to refer to the clock and its tower. Our model gives you the whole palace (unlike the Metal Earth version, which is just the clock tower).
If you think Metal Earth models are just too small, Iconx was made for you. Their larger size can accommodate even more laser-etched detail on 4" x 8" (10.16 x 20.32 cm) 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.
Please note that Iconx models have sharp edges and are not suitable for small children. Recommended for ages 14+.
Are you curious...?
Big Ben's clock tower was the tallest in the world upon its completion in 1858, and at 316 feet (96 meters, or 16 stories) it's still the third tallest. Each clock face is 23' in diameter. In spite of being one of the world's biggest tourist attractions, foreign visitors aren't allowed inside the clock tower and even British citizens have to arrange tours through their member of Parliament. Those who bother will find a 334-step climb to the top -- with no elevator. The clock needs winding three times each week, and pennies are routinely added to or removed from the pendulum to adjust its accuracy.
Big Ben (the bell) was cast in 1856 and officially named for Sir Benjamin Hall, whose name appears on it, but folklore says that it actually honors heavyweight boxer Benjamin Caunt. The 16-ton bell was carried to the tower on a trolley drawn by 16 horses, then promptly cracked beyond repair when it was tested. Its replacement, weighing 13.5 tons, took 18 hours to be hoisted 200 feet to the belfry. Two months after its first peal, the new bell cracked, too. This time they spent three years patching it, and although it never sounded quite right again, it's still in service today.