Builder completes Titanic matchstick model – 15 years after he started it
September 30, 2008
Dedicated Tim Elkins has finally finished building a scale model of the Titanic made out of 147,000 matchsticks – 15 years after he started.
Builder Tim, 42, has slaved away for 3,500 hours erecting the 1:115 scale of the famous liner at his home in Worthing, West Sussex.
Tim, who spent £100 buying the matches, said: ‘It is the first and only model I’ve built and I’m chuffed it is finished. It has come together better than I ever thought it would.
The model has been snapped up by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not for £8,500 pounds, who will display it at a new museum in Piccadilly Circus, London.
Tim added: ‘I’ll be pretty gutted when it goes but I’m really pleased with where it’s going because everyone’s going to see it.’
The model is eight-foot by 39-inches and has 1,600 portholes and Tim even used lettering 5mm tall on the name plate by cutting matchsticks into sixteenths.
Tim was inspired to start the sculpture of the Titanic after seeing a matchstick model of a gypsy caravan at his parent’s home.