Monday, February 18, 2008

Matchstick Car Anyone??

Take nearly 1million matchsticks, add thousands of man hours spread over six years and a small fortune in glue, and what do you get? Your very own wooden Formula One car. It has been built by German racing fan Michael Arndt, using a mind-boggling 956,000 matchsticks. He spent £4,500 on the matches and glue to construct the life-size model, which he put together in his kitchen. Altogether, he has used an amazing 1,686 tubes of glue to fix his masterpiece. Mr Arndt even took the end off each of the matchsticks so the car is just one colourm and carefully assembled the matchsticks by using tweezers to fit them in the structure. His creation can be broken down into 45 pieces – perfect for taking his beloved model with him to matchstick building conventions.

All of which reminded me of a story from July of last year...

Like all good students Jack Kirby collected his beers cans. Unlike most good students the art and design student actually found a use for them.

When he realised Budweiser was giving away his dream car, a 1965 Ford Mustang, he set about making the car out of 5,000 beer cans. And did a pretty good old job of it too!

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