« Boye Round Loom Set Lucasi Premium One Piece Shorty Pool Cue, 48-Inch » 3 thoughts on “Metal Earth 3D Metal Model – Empire State Building” 17 of 19 people found the following review helpful Great model, November 17, 2012 By Oleg Gaponov “Drap was here…” (Seattle, WA) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Metal Earth 3D Metal Model – Empire State Building (Toy) Customer Video Review Length:: 0:27 Mins This is not the first time I bought 3D laser cut model from Metal Works (Metal Marvels). Previously, I purchased one from a local gift store and it was Metal Works London Tower Bridge 3D Laser Cut Model Marvel and would like to write my review based on these two models.First of all this model is not the easiest one to assemble. Because of a lot of windows in Empire State Building all parts are easy to bend in a wrong place. But, it is not because of cheap or bad materials. I just would not recommend this particular model for beginners. If you don’t have experience in assembling small models using some tools – don’t start with this one. I would recommend starting with Metal Works London Tower Bridge 3D Laser Cut Model Marvel instead. Even though it is much more parts – it is easier to assemble them. I would recommend next set of tools to make the process of assembling much smoother:– Needle nose pliers TEKTON 3511 8-Inch Long Nose Pliers– Small flat screwdriver (1/4″ Bit) Flat Head Screwdriver – 1/4″ Bit – 6″ Shaft– Tweezers General Tools 415 Utility Tweezers– Some hard (metal) flat surface to make 90⁰ bends I have attached some pictures, so you can see how process of assembling looks like.Model does not require any additional hardware or glue to finish. It is made with high quality materials and looks awesome. I really like how it designed and manufactured. For example, when I was assembling London Bridge I misread the instruction and had to disassemble half of it and then put them back together. I didn’t brake anything while moving parts front and back – which is a really good sign of quality. I would recommend following every part of the instructions which included with every item. Instructions are very clear and easy to read, and sometimes if you miss-follow them you might need to redo some steps again. One small notice about this particular model – it is hard to tell where front and back of some parts is. In conclusion, I would like to summarize everything I said before: great quality, design, instructions. No additional hardware required, but you might want to use some tools. A little experience required and not recommended for beginner. It is durable enough, so my cat couldn’t destroy it 🙂 It is very interesting and nice model. Definitely not a toy, but a great present for 13+ kids who interested in modeling. I will buy more models from this company for sure. Check out my review on Metal Works London Tower Bridge 3D Laser Cut Model Marvel . 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 6 of 7 people found the following review helpful Yikes, harder than I thought, January 12, 2014 By Scott Entwistle “Scott” (University Park, MD) – This review is from: Metal Earth 3D Metal Model – Empire State Building (Toy) I got this as a Christmas present from my mom, who I was with when I saw it at Barnes & Noble and I expressed some interest in it (they look gorgeous, and thought it would be perfect for my desk at work). I haven’t built too many intricate models before, but I do like working with my hands and I like a good challenge…so I was happy my mom got this for me, and figured I would set out trying to build them (its a NYC set) on a quiet day. That day was today. I started out with the Empire State Building (what was I thinking!?), and as soon as I took it out of the box, I thought…THIS cost this much money? I don’t remember what she paid, but I remember thinking I should only express interest in this if I really wanted it, cause it sure wasn’t cheap. Anyway, it was basically very thin and fine pieces of tin foil as others of pointed out. Getting past that initial shock, I figured hey, the whole point is for it to look nice afterwards right? So I started getting the pieces out of the sheet. I got the first piece out, and since there are virtually no instructions, I folded the shape into the square of the building before I noticed that there were pieces along the inside of the building that needed to be folded out…. So I took some needle nose pliers and started to attempt to do that. Unfortunately, in the process, I was slightly wiggling the perforated edges of where I bent the structure into a square….and after a few minutes….they just snapped. Welp, no more Empire State Building model for me. I hope to have better luck with the others (Staten Island Ferry, Checker Cab, and Chrysler Building), but I am very disappointed in how fragile this thing is. I get it that models are challenging, take time and skill, and that is the point…but this is like “if you don’t do this right every step of the way with almost no instructions, you’re going to break a joint and then the model is worthless” …it’s just too easy to do that. Which makes it a poor value, much more frustrating to put together, and ultimately useless because I doubt I will be able to finish any of these without breaking at least ONE of the perforated edges on this extremely thin metal. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 4 of 6 people found the following review helpful We loved it, December 29, 2012 By Fulgentius “Phil” (Sewell, NJ USA) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Metal Earth 3D Metal Model – Empire State Building (Toy) I bought this for my son for Christmas. He’s always loved legos and I took a chance thinking that now as a young adult he’d enjoy it. I was delighted to learn that I was right. Here are a few comments: 1. Oleg Gaponov’s review (above) was very helpful. I bought the extra tools he recommended and wasn’t disappointed. However, we didn’t find that the TEKTON 8″ long nosed pliers were necessary. The tweezers he suggested were very helpful (actually, essential), but it would have been even better if they had smaller tips. Like Straight Extra Fine Point Tweezers Jewelers Tool: 2. Oleg didn’t say that you needed an x-acto blade, but we needed one to snip out the foil pieces from the frame template. 3. We used a pair of screwdrivers to “press” together tabs into their slots, so that might be a useful tip to someone. Oleg said only one screw driver was needed; we used two. 4. Even tho’ the directions looked a little thin, in fact they were really perfect. They are clear. You can also check out the directions online at the Metal Works website. 5. We set up an extra lamp to brightly illuminate our workspace. That was helpful. 6. Overall the project took about an hour–and my son has an engineering bent so he didn’t mind being careful and taking his time.It was pretty addictive once you got the first piece popped out and boxed together. 7. What an amazing deal for the money: we bought two tools, the model for under twenty dollars. My son said, “I definitely want to do another one!” 8. We were also impressed with how exactly cut the models were: all the tabs fit PERFECTLY to their correct locations. Overall we would rate this toy a 4.5 and loved that the difficulty was just right to make you work on it, but not so hard as to discourage a kid who’s interested in building stuff. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.