3D puzzle by Ravensburger Big Ben (at Night)

Because of the identical technique involved in puzzle compilation it is sometimes difficult to convey anything new, but these 3D models, complete with display stand and LEDs bring a new dynamic to the table


the instructions are clear and are in diagrammatic form over 2 pages


The puzzle pieces are plastic, and are numbered on the reverse side. Sort pieces into numeric order. 216 pieces to fit together, altogether.


Some of the pieces are pre-bent and hinged to obtain the angled structure


The main body consists of 132 pieces


The stand is square shaped and plastic, with lid made from heavy card and requires the fitting of 3 x AAA/LR03 batteries (not included)


The photograph above was taken when the main body shaft was complete and the camera lens is pointing straight down the channel. Note: There are two lighting settings, this image shows the soft white light setting emanating from the base

This image taken at the same stage of completion but tester has switched to the fluctuating colour setting. Colours fluctuate from a mix of the three primary colours and green, and purple too (as shown)

Tester tops off this section, with a transition modelling piece to allow progress for the next stage, there are two of these to insert in total


The 4 way clock faced section consists of 35 pieces. The top section is the most fiddly and consists of 47 puzzle pieces


The adult tester took approx 1 1/2 hours to leisurely complete and rates it 7/10 as a level of difficulty (0 being easy to do, 10 being hard to do). The finished model stands 44 cm (17.3 inches) tall, the structure is very sturdy but the little plastic clips on the base have a tendency to fall off when you move to re position the model or when you try to change the light setting. Nevertheless, this offers more than just an activity to do, as it makes an attractive decorative centrepiece in evening settings when light from the LEDs glows from the ‘cracks’ which is very effective


The clock tower which houses Big Ben was first known as Elizabeth Tower and the clock itself was called the Great Clock. A London visitor who may be used to viewing landmark buildings elsewhere of a great height could well be a little underwhelmed because of its lack of visual dominance as an adjoin on the North end of the Houses of Parliament, but it is the sound that reverberates from Big Ben chiming which punctuates life in the capital, all day, everyday, that is the special thing. This review written in the week following the announcement that Big Ben is to fall silent over London so that essential repairs can take place over the coming months has injected factual interest to this editorial

Big Ben from the London Eye
Image Source: http://www.collectivevisionuk.com

And here is a stunning image of the real thing in a night scene photograph! This fantastic shot of Big Ben was taken from one of the pods of the London Eye. Thank you to Collective Vision online for your permission to use it!

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