
Concentric icosidodecahedra
In this construction, we build a rhombitruncated icosidodecahedron around a rhombicosidodecahedron. We'll use the first reinforced version, as I guess that this construction, performed as shown, wouldn't be possible using a normal one.
An icosidodecahedron can be built on any of the pentagonal faces of a rhombicosidodecahedron. The «equator», made in this case of yellow rods, is a regular decagon which exactly matches distance and orientation with a decagonal face of a rhombitruncated icosidodecahedron concentric with the core rhombicosidodecahedron:
So, we leave one half icosidodecahedron and proceed to build another five halves on the five pentagonal faces around it:
We form the square and hexagonal faces of the rhombitruncated icosidodecahedron by joining each pair of adjacent decagons with two rods:
However, these square and hexagonal faces don't require stabilization by panels or additional rods, as the central rhombicosidodecahedron and the halved icosidodecahedra provide enough strength and rigidity. In fact, we can flip the whole thing upside down quite easily:
Just by building another six halficosidodecahedra, and not forgetting to join each pair of decagons, it is done:
The height of a half icosidodecahedron is the same as that of an icosahedron with a pentagonal pyramid removed:
Building a regular decagon around the latter is easy, and it is at the same height as its top vertex:
So, we can use pieces like the righthand one in the previous picture to build the decagons of the rhombitruncated icosidodecahedron. This time we used the second version of the reinforced rhombicosidodecahedron:
