It appears that someone has ample of time in his hands to pursue a unique hobby! Mark Colling, a Brit from Llanelli, United Kingdom, has been busy making a nineteen-foot replica of the doomed ship, the RMS Titanic; yes – the same boat that we have written about in other aspects. Matchstick modeller, Mark Colling, is on his way to achieving a world record by building a 5-million match replica of the Titanic. Not only is he making a replica of the ship, but he also busied himself with making a replica of the iceberg that sunk it. Colling is making his model of the Titanic in his garage at his home with the help of blueprint copies sent to him by the editor of the Hollywood blockbuster of the same name. And as for the matches, he doesn’t use the ordinary, garden-variety type; he actually orders the “special” kind. Mark’s existing 6ft 2ins long model of the Titanic used up 320,122 model matchsticks.
The ship’s final dimensions are 19ft long by 8ft high and 6ft wide (5.8m x 2.4m x 1.8m), while the iceberg will be 8ft high and 6ft wide (2.4m x 1.8m). Colling’s choice of subjects provides a great example of the historical sensibilities that drive so much hobbyist modelling, from ships to aeroplanes, railroads, cars, and cathedrals. The painstaking work required to create it demonstrates real dedication to the art form. Colling has worked for eight hours a day, seven days a week since January last year on his latest model and intends to exhibit the model once it’s complete.