Iconx Model of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Iconx: Leaning Tower of Pisa

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa is an easier Iconx model with only 25 pieces on one sheet of metal. The instructions have seven steps. The tower started to lean during construction because the ground on one side of the foundation turned out to be too soft, but the Pisans kept building anyway because what could possibly go wrong?

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 Leaning Tower is a campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the city of Pisa's cathedral. The cathedral itself is unremarkable as cathedrals go, but its flaw makes the tower another story. Work on the tower started in 1173 during boom times for Pisa. By the time they reached the second floor in 1178, they knew they had a problem. The foundation wasn't deep enough and the soil was too soft. The tower sat in that state for nearly 100 years while Pisa fought a series of wars, giving the soil time to settle. That turned out to be a good thing because the building would have collapsed if they had just kept on going.

In 1272 they decided to have another go at it, making the walls on one side taller than the other to compensate for the tilt. Thus, the tower actually curves away from its direction of tilt. They put construction on hold again in 1284 when another war didn't work out for them. In 1319 they finally finished the seventh (and highest) floor, then topped off its bell tower in 1372. They eventually installed seven bells, one for each note of the musical scale. They didn't get to the last bell until 1655. The Pisans don't like to rush into things: It took them 199 years to finish the job.

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