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Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-08-2014 06:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Matchstick Marvels Tourist Center in Gladbrook, Iowa now displays a 1/26 scale International Space Station — made out of matchsticks!
Construction of the International Space Station (ISS) model is complete, requiring 8 gallons of wood glue, 282,000 matchsticks and 1950 hours to complete.

In addition to the 1/26 scaled model of the completed ISS, two additional space station modules have been made in a 1/13 scale and have cutaway sections to show the inside details of the astronauts and cosmonauts living quarters. Cutaway models of the Russian Zvezda module and the European Space Agency's ATV cargo transport will be displayed separately as floor models, while the matchstick model of the completed ISS can be seen suspended from the ceiling of the exhibit area.

cspg
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posted 05-08-2014 07:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Quite reassuring to see that there are people out there who are far crazier than yourself...1950 hours gluing matchsticks?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-08-2014 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If the end result (as here) is the space station, I suggest it's time well spent...

DougS
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posted 05-08-2014 11:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DougS   Click Here to Email DougS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been to the museum in Gladbrook and his work is incredible. The museum also has a shuttle on the launch pad, the US Capitol building and Notre Dame that are awe-inspiring.

Looks like I need to make another trip there to see the ISS!

Ronpur
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posted 05-08-2014 07:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is fantastic!! I hope they cut all of the heads off, so it doesn't accidentally burst into flame!

YankeeClipper
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posted 05-10-2014 07:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow! Now that is seriously impressive.

Gilbert
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posted 05-11-2014 02:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very cool! I would love to visit the museum.

onesmallstep
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posted 05-13-2014 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's the closest any one will get to playing with fire on the ISS — with Russia's MIR the exception.

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