Man makes giant 13.4-foot-long space station with 282,000 matchsticks

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Artist Pat Acton recently completed this enormous 1/26 scale model—13.4 feet (4.1 meters) long by 9.2 feet (2.8 meters) wide—of the International Space Station, which uses 282,000 matchsticks, 8 gallons of glue and 1,950 hours of perseverance. He also made modules at 1/13 scale, complete with cutouts that show all the details within the station.

The details are impressive! He even modeled the drawers and racks for science experiments, the toilet, their sleeping quarters... This thing even has a space shuttle at the same scale!

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Pat's other models include space station modules as well as the Lord of the Rings' Minas Tirith (420,000 matches), Harry Potter's Hogwarts School (602,000) and the New World Trade Center (468,000), which are also quite impressive.

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even more impressive.

it looks like someone cut the heads off of 282,000 match sticks!!! Man I would love to see that pile go up in flames. It would be awesome.