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3D Building Sets (Eiffel Tower)

3D Building Sets (Eiffel Tower)

Fall 2012 Puzzles
Ages: 10 & Up
Manufacturer: Ravensburger
Price: $25.99

This 224-piece puzzle is a model of the Eiffel Tower. Unlike the foam-core 3D puzzles that are most popular, this puzzle is made of rigid plastic pieces that are numbered on one side and printed with the girders and structure of the Eiffel Tower on the other. It is assembled in an ordered manner by taking piece #1 and attaching piece #2 on the edge indicated by an arrow, then #3 is attached in the direction indicated on #2, etc. Corner pieces are hinged and bent before connecting to adjacent pieces. Assembly is completed in three sections which are then combined with special platform pieces and a base that is illustrated like the ground under the Eiffel Tower. The final structure is an attractive, 17.5 inch tall, life-like model of the Eiffel Tower. It is suitable for display on a shelf or can be disassembled and built again.

Though the only instruction for puzzle assembly is a single illustrated sheet indicating the numbered pieces used in each section and a comment to pre-bend hinged pieces, it was not difficult to figure out how to put the puzzle together. There was no sorting of pieces by color or type, rather it was only a matter of sorting the pieces by number and methodically connecting them. In fact, only the white, numbered back sides of the pieces are even seen until a section is completed and the steel structure is realized. Small hands are better for connecting pieces in the tight tapering top of the model.

A brief history of the Eiffel Tower is provided in six languages on the back of the paper insert.

Ellie and Don Homce   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce are the parents of two sons. Ellie is a former chemistry and physical science teacher and trainer in the hazardous materials field. Currently a professional volunteer at local schools and a thrift shop, Ellie continues to pursue her interests in art. Don is a health and safety and environmental science professional who enjoys building and fixing things. He has been a Boy Scout Leader for the past ten years.

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