This was thankfully for my son's birthday. I sure learned a lot! IN this cake there were 3 layers of 6 inch cakes. (1x 3" deep--2 x 2" deep)...next time I will do another 2 inch layer. I would also put in dowels at least on a couple of the layers...and definitely a couple of seperator plates. This guy wouldn't have made it had I had to drive him somewhere...also, I initially attempted to cover him in TG's fondant. It didn't work. I ended up ripping off the fondant and doing the decorating in BC.