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    Man Spends 62 Years Building Fleet Out of Matchsticks

    Philip Warren spent the past 62 years faithfully recreating an armada of 432 Royal Navy warships out of matchsticks and wooden matchboxes fast becoming known as the matchstick armada. Over the last six decades, he has painstakingly crafted every naval warship afloat, in service or to have come in since the second World War.


    79-year-old Philip, a retired company director from Blandford, Dorset, England, began creating his first ship in 1948 when he was just 17. He uses a razor blade, tweezers and sandpaper to carve the matches and boxes before piecing them together using PVA and balsa wood glue. In total he has utilized more than 650,000 to create his incredibly detailed 1:300 scale matchstick armada.




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    RE: Man Spends 62 Years Building Fleet Out of Matchsticks

    wow! incredibly impressing. that must require alot of patience

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    RE: Man Spends 62 Years Building Fleet Out of Matchsticks

    That is a lot of work and patience. Hard to imagine everything being made from matchsticks and boxes though. Even if he did grab a couple sheets of balsa here and there , Iid never tell.
    He must love his ships. I have a small collection of 1:350 scale battleships from plastic kits that take an average of 1.5 years to build. My eyes are not that good anymore and nerve damage in my hands makes it hard too.
    Hats off to Philip and a priceless collection

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    RE: Man Spends 62 Years Building Fleet Out of Matchsticks

    What a slacker, they're only waterline models!
    Seriously, that kind of work would drive me insane (like that would take a lot anyway) or go blind from the eye strain. That's one big pile of patience there!
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