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Azerbaijan. Baku Flame Towers 1:200 interactive scale model

This is a collaboration with Pipers models where they built the baseboard, context and lighting.

At Scales & Models we focused on building the 3 flame towers in sync with Pipers requirements to make sure everything fitted together and the lighting worked on the towers as they planned. Due to the intricacy of the model and the curved shaped facades, this was a particularly challenging model to deliver. It took a team of 4 to 5 model makers to complete these in about 2 months.

A mixed media model, where once again traditional skills meet state of the art processes. Some of these included resources such as CNC machining, 3D printing, Vac forming, laser cutting and many other hand skills involved to assemble all the manufactured parts, including hand scoring for about 2 weeks all the lines on the facades.

We also collaborated closely with Daniel at LaserCut Works to cut all the floor plates, cores, etc.

The facade treatment had to have a chrome, reflective finish and appear solid when the LED's are off, but had to look translucent when the LED's were turned on. This took some trial and error but did manage to get it to work!

This is a video showing the LED lights in action:

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