Man, was this tedious.
The first few curves were novel, but then the repitition set in. The helix has a diameter of 64 LEGO bricks. It is almost four feet tall. The 'blue ribbons' are 3 bricks thick, roughly.
The white central column should technically not be a part of the model, of course, but it was necessary for structural integrity. This model is glued together, and, in fact, it is the first model I have built which pretty much requires glue in order to stay together.
Six colors were used: blue for the ribbons, white for the central column, and then the 'crossbars' were constructed out of yellow, green, red, and orange (yes, I used LEGO-rare orange in this).
Now, for the fun part... I get to build another one! Woohoo... er... ugh.
[Update, 13 July 2003: I have also, now, create a miniature DNA helix model].
Oh, and as a bonus: many people often email me asking for instructions for my models (they obviously have not read my FAQ). For this model I have something to show. The image below was all I used to create this model (I printed it out and scribbled some pencil lines on it at 5 degree angle partitions, but this was pretty much it). So, if this helps you out, and you want to built your very own LEGO DNA sculpture... I wish you well.
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