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Dave Reynolds completes his matchstick replica of Titanic
HE is already in the Guinness Book of Records for his matchstick modelling marvels.
Retired seafarer David Reynolds has once again taken to his matches to create the ultimate tribute to the world’s most famous liner on the centenary of her sinking.
The finishing touches have now been put to his latest fiddly creation, Titanic, which he hopes will be berthed in Southampton’s Sea City being opened in March and could become the showpiece for the Titanic exhibition.
Made up of 120,000 painstakingly cut, glued and slotted matchsticks, his five foot model of RMS Titanic has been finished in time to commemorate the centenary of the doomed ocean liner’s maiden voyage from Southampton.
Retired merchant navy sailor David, 53, from Swaythling, said: “I have done a smaller one but for the anniversary I decided to go large to show off more detail.”
The plans he created for his model follow the original designs and mirrors the construction of the Titanic at Haarland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.
He said: “I built the keel all out of matches, then I put on the ribs and frame and then built the ship from there. Each funnel has about 100 matches.
“I would have built it bigger but I might not be able to fit it in my car.”
Although the model is impressive it is dwarfed in size by David’s gigantic scale model of an oil rig with which he broke the record for the world’s biggest matchstick model.
At 21ft long, 12ft wide and 7ft high it was so large it took David 15 years to finish and used some 4.1million matchsticks.