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A Palace for the Machine Age
The Chrysler Building is an average difficulty Iconx model with over 40 pieces on just one sheet of metal. The instructions have nine steps. The Chrysler Building was the world's tallest for just 11 months before the Empire State Building overshadowed it in 1931, and it's still the tallest brick building in the world.
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 Chrysler Building may not have fared very well in the race for height bragging rights, but many architects still consider its Art Deco style to be the most beautiful building in New York. And it really was a race; the building rose at a pace of four floors per week. It was the headquarters for the Chrysler Corporation for 30 years, but the company didn't pay to build it and never actually owned it. Walter P. Chrysler decided to pay for it himself so that his children could inherit it. The building's gargoyles were modeled after Plymouth automobile hood ornaments and the corner ornaments on the 31st floor are replicas of the 1929 Chrysler radiator caps.
Its distinctive crown is what makes it rank among architects' top 10 buildings in the world, though. The details are interesting mostly to architects; the public loves its overall appearance. There are two sets of lighting in the top spires and decoration. The first, which were installed during construction, are the V-shaped lighting inserts in the steel of the building itself. Groups of floodlights on mast arms directed back at the building were added later to allow the top of the building to be lit in many colors for special occasions.