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Matchstick shipbuilder

In View on February 1, 2011 at 7:18 am

An English modeler named Phillip Warren has created replicas of every ship afloat in the Royal Navy out of matchsticks.

Phillip Warren with his ships.  Photo by Daniel Rushall.

Phillip Warren with his ships. Photo by Daniel Rushall.

From a write-up in the Daily Mail:

The patient hobbyist began assembling his collection in 1948, using simple tools of a razor blade, tweezers and sandpaper to carve the matches and boxes and pieces them together using PVA and balsa wood glue.

More than 650,000 matches have been used to create  every class of ship in the Royal Navy in incredible detail on a scale model of 1:300. And he has even crafted 1,200 model aircraft out of matches to make his scale-model carrier ships look even more realistic.

The link has more photos, including one of Warren at work from 55 years ago.

Via: Oddity Central

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  1. Amazing! this hobby gives new meaning to the word tedius. And I thought our matchstick cross was a masterpiece.

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