Building a Car With 956,000 Matchsticks


To build a full scale McLaren 4/14 F1 car with a little less than one million matchsticks during a period of six years, in my opinion requires determination, persistence and patience.  Putting these three great values inside one man is quite difficult but not impossible.

Michael Arndt is a man with aforementioned qualities.  Over the course of six years, using 956,000 matchsticks, 1686 tubes of glue, and at least three different varieties of mustache, he built a full-scale replica of a McLaren 4/14 F1 car, at a cost of around 6,000 Euros (about $8,900).   You can see him in the photograph proudly sitting in his flashing racing car.

The large model automobile takes up Arndt’s entire kitchen. It can be broken down into 45 parts for easy transport to various matchstick-builders conventions where he exhibits his wooden creation with great pride.

Yeah, in order to obtain extraordinary results you definitely need determination, persistence and patience.  What do you think?

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