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Yet another element that premiered in this set which is now appearing in 2014 sets is the 4X4 turntable base in Light Bluish Gray [BL]/Medium Stone Grey [TLG] (part 61485). It isn't used as a turntable here - instead it forms the fountain! Superb. As for other elements in high quantities, White tiles abound - notably 11 2X4s, 19 1X3s and 22 1X2s. There are 22 'washing machines' (1X1 bricks with a stud on one side) in Light Bluish Gray and 27 2X4 plates in Medium Blue.
I was a little surprised - and happy - that the 1X2 jumper plates in my set are the version without grooves, which began to be replaced with the uglier grooved versions a couple of years ago. More surprising still was that all of the jumpers in my set were this old kind, regardless of colour. I'm so used to getting a mix when mould changes are underway, even amongst the same colour sometimes. There's no guarantee that your copy of this set will be the same, but I found it interesting. But it probably isn't very interesting, so let's move swiftly onto the build now.
TechniquesIn my previous post I reviewed 21019 The Eiffel Tower, where the main interest of the build was in the geometry created with angled clip-and-bar connections. With United Nations Headquarters, it's all about the SNOT.
This picture is of the General Assembly Building with the roof removed to show you how the angled wall is created: the Light Bluish Gray 1X1 bricks have a stud on their sides, and they are alternated with the White Erling (headlight) bricks. By then increasing the quantity of plates/tile stuck to their sides, the wall edge increases in steps of half a plate. This is a very simple technique to many of us, but may well be revelatory to many building this set. The steps present this technique very clearly, and are one example of the extremely well thought-through instructions for this set. Being a curved building in reality, the General Assembly Building is the hardest in this complex to represent in LEGO pieces, but they've done as well as can be expected.
Here you see the finished effect of that wall (in the domed building on the right), and the same staggering technique is used in the building at left. That's the Conference Building and it's a fantastic, realistic and detailed work of microscale - my favourite section in this model. As I built, it actually seemed more complex than necessary, but the reason behind every strange little bit of jigsaw-like construction made sense in the end. The detailing is superb - such as the series of little windows you see in the picture below (just above centre), created with grille tiles with 1X3 tiles on top. It's a lovely touch, given that a lesser-known architectural detail like that would normally get jettisoned in a microscale design.
This building is the Dag Hammarskjöld Library and although simpler, it's not without interest. Again SNOT with tiles forms the end walls, to create the framed window effect, and 1X2 tiles rest atop single studs to form the upper storey. That's an effect you'd be unlikely to see in a regular LEGO model, since it is a weak connection and there's nothing underneath a 1X2 tile to specify the centre position. (Actually - looking again at my pic, I've failed to centre them perfectly, haven't I!)