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The Arch of Victory
The Arc de Triomphe is a moderate challenge Iconx model. It comes in more than 40 pieces on two sheets of metal that you will assemble in 18 steps. The Arc de Triomphe is located on the right bank of the Seine where 12 avenues come together in a dodecagonal configuration (that's a polygon with 12 sides). The Emperor Napoleon commissioned this triumphal arch after his victory at Austerlitz at the peak of his reign.
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...?
Napoleon told his victorious troops after the Battle of Austerlitz that "You will return home through arches of triumph." It's a good thing that they didn't wait, since it took two years just to lay the foundation. Although he had a wooden mockup built in 1810 to impress his bride, the Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria, the arch itself wasn't finished until 1836. Napoleon's remains were carried through the arch four years later. German troops made a show of marching through the arch in 1871 and 1940 and Allied forces followed in 1944 and 45. The Arc still figures prominently in Bastille Day celebrations to this day.