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The Auckland Sky Tower is an easy model with 29 pieces on one sheet of metal. A reduced picture of the instruction sheet is provided so you can see what you're getting into. Our model of the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere stands a little over 6" (15.24 cm) high.
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on one, two, or three 11 cm (4.33") 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. Metal Earth models are a little less challenging than our 3D wooden puzzles, but you do need some patience and dexterity because they're also much smaller. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see below).
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for small children. Metal Earth was originally called MetalWorks.
Are you curious...?
Auckland City (New Zealand)'s 1,076 ft (328 m) tall observation and communications tower is part of a casino complex. The highest free-standing structure in the southern hemisphere draws 500,000 visitors each year. Its upper portion houses two restaurants and a cafe, including New Zealand's only rotating restaurant. Three observation decks provide 360-degree views of the city from different heights. Does that sound boring? Maybe the "Sky Jump" is for you. Leap from the observation deck and fall 630 feet (192 m), reaching 53 mph (85 kph). Don't worry; a guide rope prevents the wind from blowing you into the tower. In fact, safety was uppermost in the designers' minds: The tower can handle 120 mph (200 kph) winds and sway up to 39" (1 m). Its elevators can detect swaying and wil automatically slow down or park themselves on the ground floor. It can also withstand a magnitude 8.0 earthquake within 12 miles (20 km), and there are fireproof rooms on the upper levels.