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Aspire to Great Heights
The Empire State Building is one of the easier Iconx models with just 20 pieces on one sheet of metal. The instructions have seven steps. Assembled, it measures 4.7"H x 1.75" x 1.75". At 102 stories tall, the Empire State Building was the world's tallest skyscraper for nearly 40 years.
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...?
The Empire State Building's roof is 1,250' (381 m) above the street and its antenna spire brings it up to 1,454' (433.2 m). In the competition for tall building bragging rights, an antenna doesn't count, but a spire does. That leads architects to argue over the difference between a spire and an antenna. Supposedly, a spire is an architectural element that has some function, such as housing equipment, while an antenna is just an expendable pointy bit that might or might not collect radio signals. You can remove an antenna without affecting a building, but removing a spire would have structural implications.
Things would be a lot clearer if a building's highest usable floor defined its height, but that would completely shake up the ranks of the world's tallest buildings because spires typically count for 30% of a building's total height. For example, the developer of New York's "Freedom Tower" (later renamed One World Trade Center) declared that the building is 1,776' tall with its spire. But as a cost-cutting measure the spire's geometric shell got left out, making the remaining spire look an awful lot like a simple antenna. If you don't count that then the building's only 1,383' high. To put it another way, the highest floor of Chicago's Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Building) is 82' higher than the Freedom Tower's highest floor. That would bring the title of "tallest building in the US" back to Chicago.