This is my third MOC - technically speaking, but it is basically a redo of my first MOC - the Empire State Building (with an almost 100% reuse of parts from that build).
About this creation
I was never too happy with the compromises I had to make with my first ESB build. But when I started working on it, I was a LEGO novice and I did not want to bite off more than I could chew. The original ESB MOC gave me some much-needed experience and after I followed that up with my second MOC (70 Pine Street - built to a bigger scale), I felt ready to go back and try to do justice to the ESB.
While there are several MOCs of the ESB out there, built to different scales, not many of them are very accurate. With this MOC (built to a 1/230 scale) I have attempted to represent all the proportions, window configurations and setbacks as accurately as possible. I originally wanted to go the extra mile and make the MOC accurate in terms of floor count as well.
But unfortunately the proportions of a LEGO brick are such that in order to correctly represent a floor of the ESB I would need to use a stack of 5 plates. I could have used bricks sandwiched between plates (as I did for 70 Pine Street) but that would have almost doubled the part count (and not to mention the cost - given that plates are no cheaper than bricks). So I ended up using two brick heights for each floor and had to scale the number of floors down accordingly.
Unlike my first ESB build I wanted to make sure this one could be broken apart into sections quite easily. This MOC comes apart into 7 separate sections with tiles used at all the seams between sections.
Here are the stats for this build -
Number of pieces - 20K (approximately)
Footprint - 68x32 studs
Height - 6 feet, 3 inches (approximately)
I am hoping to keep going - building MOCs (to a similar scale) of the other Art Deco landmarks in NYC (Chrysler, 40 Wall Street, 30 Rockafeller Plaza, etc to name a few) but given how much money and effort goes into building one of these, it could be a year or more before I have my next MOC ready.