This Scale Model of the ISS Was Built with 282,000 Matchsticks

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - May 9, 2014
References: matchstickmarvels & gizmag
The International Space Station (ISS) was built using a variety of carefully selected and highly durable materials, but matchsticks were somehow not among them. Iowa artist Pat Acton decided to rectify this oversight by building a 1/26 scale model of the ISS using 282,000 matchsticks held together by 8 gallons of glue.

Whereas the actual ISS measures 108.5 meters wide and 72.8 meters long, Acton's scaled down model measures 2.8 meters wide and 4.1 meters long. It took close to 2,000 hours to complete, and as a result is impressively detailed. Acton spared no details, building matchstick solar arrays, trusses, communication equipment and even the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Acton is no stranger to building matchstick sculptures, having previously built scale models of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the One World Trade Center, Hogwarts Castle and the city of Minas Tirith from the Lord of the Rings.