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2013-08-20 01:40:44 PM
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eh...it's pretty big, I guess
 
2013-08-20 01:43:56 PM
Tallest Lego tower (supported by a central support beam not at all made of Legos...). Wonder what the tallest would be without outside help like that.
 
2013-08-20 01:54:15 PM

Leo Bloom's Freakout: Tallest Lego tower (supported by a central support beam not at all made of Legos...). Wonder what the tallest would be without outside help like that.


You'd have to build it inside to avoid the effect of the wind.

The height would be exactly the same, I can't see which lateral forces would be working on it.


The cables felt like cheating to me as well. And the article couldn't figure out that its LEGO, not Lego.
 
2013-08-20 02:00:01 PM
Street value of the tower is roughly $10 billion.
 
2013-08-20 02:12:56 PM
"It's made out of more than 500,000 of the small plastic bricks. It weighs almost a ton. "

"The bricks are built up around a metal cylinder that is supported by a maze of guy-wires, but that's strictly a safety feature to prevent the structure from toppling. "

"One of many strict rules Guinness has for the record is that the structure must be free-standing. Other rules: only standard bricks available at stores can be used and no adhesives can used. "

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130820/NEWS/308140083/Tower- to pples-Lego-record?nclick_check=1
 
2013-08-20 03:05:57 PM
So there's a tower to prevent it from falling? How exactly do you prove it's "free-standing" and not leaning on the tower? If you can't prove it's free-standing, how is it a record? A record of the compressive force applied to the base?
 
2013-08-20 03:13:10 PM

ampoliros: So there's a tower to prevent it from falling? How exactly do you prove it's "free-standing" and not leaning on the tower? If you can't prove it's free-standing, how is it a record? A record of the compressive force applied to the base?


^^^^^ post above yours

The tower and guide wires are not connected to the structure and are providing a mechanism to prevent a literal ton of legos from accidentally falling over and killing someone.  The structure itself is hollow and the supports are inside the hollow space but not actively touching, unless it start to lean.
 
2013-08-20 03:24:34 PM

BafflerMeal: ampoliros: So there's a tower to prevent it from falling? How exactly do you prove it's "free-standing" and not leaning on the tower? If you can't prove it's free-standing, how is it a record? A record of the compressive force applied to the base?

^^^^^ post above yours

The tower and guide wires are not connected to the structure and are providing a mechanism to prevent a literal ton of legos from accidentally falling over and killing someone.  The structure itself is hollow and the supports are inside the hollow space but not actively touching, unless it start to lean.


I read that. My point being that the top looks fairly tight against the tower and I have to assume the base is also built right to it to support all the weight. How do they prove it's not touching the tower somewhere along that 112' length? Building it is just an exercise in patience and money, proving it's freestanding seems like the accomplishment.
 
2013-08-20 03:26:47 PM

spawn73: Leo Bloom's Freakout: Tallest Lego tower (supported by a central support beam not at all made of Legos...). Wonder what the tallest would be without outside help like that.

You'd have to build it inside to avoid the effect of the wind.

The height would be exactly the same, I can't see which lateral forces would be working on it.


Or do what ever ancient peoples did when they wanted to build tall, start with a wide base.
 
2013-08-20 04:32:37 PM
I can forgive the cables but not the center support. Still looks kinda cool
 
2013-08-20 04:34:32 PM
Legos.
 
2013-08-20 04:42:47 PM
Now imagine Godzilla stepping on it.
 
2013-08-20 05:01:30 PM
how about I just superglue legos up the side of a really tall building?
 
2013-08-20 06:26:36 PM

SMB2811: spawn73: Leo Bloom's Freakout: Tallest Lego tower (supported by a central support beam not at all made of Legos...). Wonder what the tallest would be without outside help like that.

You'd have to build it inside to avoid the effect of the wind.

The height would be exactly the same, I can't see which lateral forces would be working on it.

Or do what ever ancient peoples did when they wanted to build tall, start with a wide base.


Yeah, I'd like to see the wind knock over a LEGO pyramid.
 
2013-08-20 11:09:21 PM
That must be the worlds richest school. Legos are really expensive man, not to mention the cherry pickers, We're talking 4 maybe 5 figures here
 
2013-08-21 12:46:10 AM

ampoliros: How exactly do you prove it's "free-standing" and not leaning on the tower?


Wiggle it.
 
2013-08-21 02:02:16 AM
Are those regular size Legos, or the giant Duplo bricks?
 
2013-08-21 07:04:20 AM
not free standing.

/fail
 
2013-08-21 11:18:16 AM
Biggest one we've built in the back yard was 13feet 6 inches. We did not use any support and the wind screwed us. No idea how many blocks we used, but it did involve an extra trip to the toy dept of walmart for blocks twice. The "tip" sections were pre constrcted and added from my 18ft extension ladder. They were about two and a half feet each (3 of). Was a lot of fun doing it with the kids.
 
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