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Updated on June 11, 2008

matchstick models

Hi everyonet his is my first attempt at hubbing so you will have to be a little patient with me. I have been building matchstick models for a few years now and the plans are all in my head.If there are any other budding match builders out there i would be quite willing to pass on a few tips. First of all i don't go picking up used matches from the pavement? i buy them in bulk bags about 10,000 for £5.The smaller models like the airoplane uses about 400 matches and one week to build, but the clock took 30,000 matches and 6 months to build.I have just finished a pagoda which was quite a challenge as the roof is curved so i have a few sleepless nights and nearly drove my wife mad.You don't need much space to make the models and thers not a lot of mess,just a bit of dust when sanding down.I would recommend this hobby to any one any age ore tallent,just start of with a small kit then when you progress you can make your own design and turn it into a masterpeice. Good luck David

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      cyclopz 2 years ago

      Hi I have the following plans for swap looking for Notre Dame, Taj Mahal or any others thanks

      London Tower Bridge

      Mississippi Boat

      Eiffel Tower

      Toronto Tower

      Mechanical Digger

      Bulldozer

      Chinese Junk Boat

      Japanese Bridge

      email

      sentinel01@eircom.net

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      Tony 2 years ago

      I have the following plans which I am willing to swap. I am looking for Notre Dame but any other plans would be welcome to.

      Mississippi

      Eiffel Tower

      Big Ben

      Tah Mahal

      Arc De Triomphe

      Windmill

      Fokker

      Empire State Building

      mogsya@Hotmail.com

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      cthai 2 years ago

      I would be interested in swapping, Fokker Dr 1 Triplane plan. Please email me at cthai1@outlook.com.

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      ciulli 2 years ago

      I own Chrysler building and Tower bridge plans, looking for Taj mahal plans. Anyone interested?

      provvedi.giorgio@gmail.com

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      bigrig 2 years ago

      Anyone have the triplane? Will trade for big rig.

      ryan8631@hotmail.com

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      MLeath 2 years ago

      I have the eiffel tower plan and the train plan if anyone wants to swap or feel free to email me plans :) at jaloppy9@yahoo.com Thanks!

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      sil 2 years ago

      is anyone interested in swapping matchitechture plans? please e-mail me at sil@spera.me

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      darren reece 3 years ago

      johnholloway i wish i had seen this post b4 as i got the missipi river boat in december kit and stuck the sticks to the card board and now ive gone an botched the damn thing and cant find any where i can get the blueprint for it in future when i get a kit ill be making copies of it

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      Chris from Suffolk 3 years ago

      Hope you don't mind me writing on this site the reason being I have a small unfinished items of my dads , some completed which are slightly damaged all made of matchsticks .My dad past away 15 years ago .He didn't have any plans he just made them .They are in loft with a large bag of match sticks, what I would like to know does anyone know of there is a modeling club in and around Sudbury area in Suffolk as I need to let them go I really don't want to throw them away I thought someone might like to have them

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      Herindoors 3 years ago

      it may interest people who make the models they must think of the mess that is left for other people to clean up,I know I am David's wife,the finished articles are fantastic and would not have it any other way. Good luck to all matchstick builders

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      Pablo 3 years ago

      Hi!

      Could anyone pass me any plans, and I will pass him/her the Eiffel Tower plans by e-mail?

      My e-mail is pjordanius94@@gmail.com

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      comp 3 years ago

      I made a matchstick car. A Royal Buggatti Coupe. It is the best model I have seen and I have seen a lot. I have had interest from a museum and a famous shop who is interested in it. Regarding bending matchsticks, I have made many things which are round including wheels and steering wheels etc and I have never ever bent any matchstick to achieve this. I will be putting it online very soon for anyone who wants to see to see..

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      miles 3 years ago

      Hi,

      I have made many simple things with matches my son has now asked for the norfolk windmill but im having issue with the grain store sloping roof in the picture they have the matches all facing down like a roof of a hut I cannot make this happen lol has anyone got any tips please?

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      jan 3 years ago

      Hi David, can you post free plans from your projects?

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      Poppins0176 3 years ago

      Hi David, I have purchased a few of the matchitecture kits, and have the plans that I'm willing to share, would you or anyone else happen to have the Notre Dame, BIG RIG Trailer Truck, Fire Engine, or anything else made by matchitecture as I'm trying to find some new projects to start.

      I'll be glad to hear from you.

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      davidharding666@gmail.com 3 years ago

      hi Barry best of luck im going on your web page

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      barry king 3 years ago

      hi david, thought i'd let you know i am going for the guinness world record in matchstick modelling. you can see me on google in the salisbury journal. i have already done 110,00 matches and its looking good already. had to make my own plans which took 3 weeks to complete. you can follow me on this email bking@cathedralinmatches@gmail.com

      i have added pictures so you can see my progress.

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      charlie 3 years ago

      ive been making models for thirty odd years to bend matches bite the match about every quarter of an inch the its bent

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      Roger Brenton 4 years ago

      Hi David,

      I have just got my first matchstick model and just one question before I start it. when you cut into match to get it to bend does the cut side face outwards. Thanks for your help and a good forum.

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      davidharding666@gmail.com 4 years ago

      im sorry i don't know

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      ian morgan 4 years ago

      can i sell models on here?

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      david 4 years ago

      Hi Marco i made two models and the first one i just followd the plans which are quite strait forward,but the second model i built i added on another deck and added other bits and bobs which i think improved it so just follow the plans and good luck David

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      Marcolb1 4 years ago

      Hi David - I noticed from your picture you have the steamboat model. I have just bought this and as I'm a complete novice I wondered if you had any tips for particular model.

      Many thanks

      Marco

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      davidjamesharding 4 years ago from london uk

      hi Futamarka im sorry i cant understand your langauge David

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      davidjamesharding 4 years ago from london uk

      Hi Dawn I hope you get better soon and i will look you up on facebook. Davidxxx

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      Dawn Temple 4 years ago from Norwich,Norfolk

      Hi David,I'm abit of a Craft person,my biggest passion is my Parchment Cards I make,but can only sit for short amounts of time at the moment,been off work since before Christmas,till the Hospital can hopefully sort me out,so my Partner Mark got me this Matchstick Kit,we got my son two for Christmas and hasn't even started it, so hoping if he see's me giving it a go he will follow,here's dreaming well if he doesn't then I'll be doing them lol. Weather here Norwich Norfolk, on and off with snow,very cold but the gd old open fire is Brilliant lol. If you wanted to you can check my parchment folder on facebook under Dawn Temple Cushing.Talk soon Dawnie.Xxx

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      davidjamesharding 4 years ago from london uk

      Hi Dawn thanks for your message.its nice to hear from you.What else have you been up to if you don't mind me asking.What's the weather like up there,i live in Welywn Garden City Herts,and its not to bad here.Talk soon David xxxx

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      Dawn Temple 4 years ago from Norwich,Norfolk

      Hi David,got it Thank you so much great help,once finished will send pics,really getting into this with all this time one my hand at the min.Xxx

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      davidjamesharding 4 years ago from london uk

      Hi Dawn i have your picks and have sent you some ideas that i hope will be help full,hope to hear from you soon.Davidxxxx

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      Dawn Temple 4 years ago from Norwich,Norfolk

      Hi David,have sent all info and Pic,so hope you can help and Thank you,you could be hearing from me a lot lol.xx

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      davidjamesharding 4 years ago from london uk

      Hi Dawn im sorry but without seeing the picture i cant help,but what dose the plan say. If you could email me a picture i might be able to help my email is davidharding666@gmail.com I hope to hear from you soon David xx

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      Dawn Temple 4 years ago from Norwich,Norfolk

      Hi David,found your site,and love your work,my partner has just got me a Matchmaker construction kit Model MMO2 Height approx 35.6cm Norfolk Windmill and a little stuck on the Grain Store sloping Roof,it shows the arrow to say which way the matches go but as I'm doing it, it's looking like the Matches will have to be cut smaller but when you look at the picture model it doesn't look like that at all,Hope you don't mind me asking but, u seem to know what your talking about more than other people i have spoken to,hope you can help.Thanks Dawn.x

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      Marchelo N. 4 years ago

      Hey everyone! My name is Marchelo and I'm a 16-year student in Montreal, Canada. I am looking for an Eiffel Tower Matchitecture PDF plan for a project at school. I happen to stumble upon this hubpage so I was wondering if anyone had it. I'd be very thankful if whoever had it, could send it to me on my email : marchinik@hotmail.com

      Thanks in advance

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      davidjamesharding 4 years ago from london uk

      i have hired out my model of tower bridge to a film company and they pay very well and you can still keep the model

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      Daniel Osler 4 years ago

      I also build matchstick models can U help sell them? daniel.osler@yahoo.co.uk

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      david 5 years ago

      hi keith i would like you to send me some picks lol Dave

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      keithwestgate513 5 years ago

      Hi I have been building a steam engine (hall class ) the last 20 years.

      It si 20" long esstermate 1500 matchs I am still working on it.I can send some photos if you are interrested.

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      MatchStickCrafts 5 years ago

      I make all kind, of old times, MatchCrafts.

      Check out some of the stuff I have built.

      I have been building MatchStickCrafts for over 55 years.

      My best sell pieces is the jewelry compartments built into to the structure of the craft item ordered.

      My next best is my designer Crosses.

      Just Look!

      www.MatchStickCrafts.com and e-mail me at MatchStickCrafts@gmail.com

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      david 5 years ago

      you are quite right in what you are doing,all the best

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      bojeux 5 years ago

      Thank you all for loving Matchitecture!!!

      as you may know all plan are created by Mr Quinto, who in its small town create the different models, design them, make the draft plans, retest them, send it to an architect who makes the official plan, send them to Bojeux in Montreal Canada who manufacture it. As you may imagine this is highly time consuming and costly!

      You can now find Matchitecture everywhere otherwise you can ask Mr Quinton him at Matchitecture.com

      So please be respectful of the work of others, especially Mr Quinton the biggest fan of all!!! stop illegally downloading plan, and please contact us we will be plaese to forward you all the information needed to purchase Matchitecture Kits

      Thank you

      Bojeux team

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      roger 230 5 years ago

      i make my own plans on grease proof paper glue the matches on it when dry u can peel it off use pva glue comes off fingers easy dries transparent.in process of making watermill,cant get me head around the cog system,how the flour collected from grinding stones,how grain delivered to grinding stones from hopper and how does the sack hoist work???? can any modellers help me cheers rog

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      cyn 5 years ago

      Can anyone can send me plans? Whatever you have! It's for my grand-father. Thank you so much :)

      cynlovepeb@gmail.com

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      david 5 years ago

      hi Frank im glad that you enjoy making matchstick models. I haven't made any boats out of matchsticks but i do make gas engine power boats out of wood.Can you send picks of your models via email. davidharding666@gmail.com Look forward from hearing from you David

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      FightenSpirit 5 years ago from Fall River, Mass.

      Good work David !! I been building matchstick boats for a long time. I first learned it in 1987 while in prison from an older guy, and I'm glad I did. I recently started a ship after about a 15 yr absence from building. In the past I created the Endurance, The Ticora slave ship, and many other 3 mast "king of the sea", as well as cargo ships. Have you made any ships yet ??

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      Aleksandar 5 years ago

      Can anyone sent me plans for Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower or what ever you have. Thanx!!!

      blagojevic.aleksandar@yahoo.com

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      StevePollard 5 years ago

      Does anyone know of any other website/forums for Matchstick Modeling. I have recently started modeling and really enjoy it. Was hoping that there was some place to share tips tricks ect? It seems that this site is not offten used.

      Many Thanks

      Steve

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      George Oswald 5 years ago

      Hi All,

      I would like to get the plans for the Taj Mahal I am a student and he is retiring in 3 months and its too expensive to pay for.

      Please can you email the plans to my mates brother who will source some matchsticks for me. faisal.hassan@gmx.co.uk

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      johnholloway 5 years ago

      hi david,

      i've been making balsa wood models for years & decided to try match modelling.

      i chose the matchitecture kit of the mississippi steam boat.my first reaction was how expensive it was for what you get & sticks are not really square or straight.

      however started it last september and am about 3/4 way through & very enjoyable to do.

      being a toolmaker by trade i like everything to be as accurate as possible so i converted my small lathe in my garage into a disc sander,converted my proxon mf70 mill/drill into a mini table saw by turning it onto its back & my grinder into a belt sander the result being very accurate sticks as they are sawn & not cut with square ends.

      i made loads of little jigs for cutting angles etc. & all assemblies of repetative parts were exactly the same.

      my advice to anyone wanting to try this hobby is to make a copy of the plans & laminate them.A plastic ruler screwed to another board gives you a perfect straight edge to build long lengths of sticks on.Don't rush & always look ahead in the plans to see where that assembly fits.Use PVA glue.

      Go for it!

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      harberlights 5 years ago

      i want to speak to anyone who has done matchstick model work.

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      Denise Hares 5 years ago

      Ive got the CN tower, fire engine and aeroplane if anyone wants to swop for the Trailer for the truck, The car and the Japanese bridge

      Many thanks Denise

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      Gordon 5 years ago

      do u have facebook? add me Gordon Gibb (pic yellow car)...

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      DENISE HARES 5 years ago

      Hi

      Im after plans for the taj mahal for an 82yr old man we who make these models and has a yearly display in Skegness and he wants to do this model but cannot afford it as the kit can you please help denise_hares@hotmail.com Thanks

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      GROVSEY 5 years ago

      SORU PUT WRONG EMAIL ITS iangroves1966@hotmial.com

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      grovsey 5 years ago

      anyone got any plans to swop i got the windmill and steam roller ,email me at iangrove1966@hotmail.com

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      Adriaan 5 years ago

      Hi

      I cant get this in south africa. Can someone please send me a plan that I can see if i can do it? It would be much appreciated. a.dejager@live.co.za

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      ReHertz 5 years ago

      David,

      Thanks for your help. I was worried no one would reply as this was an old thread.

      -Rere

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      david 5 years ago

      Hi Rere the best glue to use is PVA which you can buy anywhere. Use small drops as that is all you need and its is easer to clean up as well good luck and enjoy David

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      Rehertz 5 years ago

      Hi all,

      I recently purchased several matchitecture kits for my 13 year old nephew who needed other challenges from his usual Lego and intricate puzzles. while he's been extremely excited to start using his kits, he says that the glue that comes with it doesn't work at all. his pieces end up falling apart, which I am sure can be infuriating.

      can anyone here recommend a better glue? the best glue even and also is there something to the actual technique of gluing? maybe he is using globs and all he needs is tiny droplets. I have been looking online and this was the most informative place I have found.

      any help is much appreciated. if anyone needs I will see if I can get to borrow his plans and make them into PDFs. he has the chrystler building, the gold rush train, and the Mississippi show boat.

      thanks in advance,

      Rere

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      david bainbridge 6 years ago

      can you tell me were to get the plans to to build the bi-plane please as iv been looking for that for a while now thanx david

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      david 6 years ago

      dear english speaker do you understand GET KNOTTED

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      english speaker 6 years ago

      Try and use correct grammar and spelling, you sound like your seven.

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      yo yo 6 years ago

      sorry yoyo i don't know what porta craft matches are david

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      yoyoyoyoyoyo 6 years ago

      can i use the porta craft match sticks for building a stable model??

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      Ben 6 years ago

      Hi people,

      I recently bought the gold rush train model kit. Im going to make some pdf file about it asap to share. Im hoping there are people here who would share other plans with me. Please email me at ben_tijdelijk@hotmail.com if u have any plans ur willing to share with me.

      I also have plans of the train wagon .

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      Seif Allah 6 years ago

      Hi St-George,

      I have the models for the airoplane, the bulldozer and the train wagen. I enjoy doing these models and buy them online, which means I have to pay there price and the shipment and the customs. Would really appreciate it if you can send me the plans for the eiffel tower and the tag mahal you have. If you did not get the Tower Bridge already I can buy it, no problem.

      I buy the matches here in different sizes very cheap and also I buy PVA glue that works as good and is ike 2 US$ a Kilo.

      My email is seif@seifco.com

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      Fred 6 years ago

      A quick comment about price of kits.

      What you are paying for is information.

      If you build your own design,you can modify as you please,but if were to have someone else build it you would require proper plans,construction sequence and perhaps construction technique if the model was a bit unusual.

      A lot more work involved?

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      St_George 6 years ago

      Mandy-

      If you give me your email address I'll get the plans for the Taj Mahal and the Eiffel Tower over to you. Would be great if you could get the Cathedral plans scanned up at some point.

      Lots of the matches you use will need to be cut shorter than the long matchitecture length so it is possible to use a combination of normal modelling matches (about £8 from hobbys for 10,000) and the matchitecture ones to make them go further, so you'll have a fair amount left over for future models - (if like me your on a particualy tight budget.)

      Good luck with the model, by my reckoning if you work solid 40 hour weeks you should be done in about 4 months!!

      Steve -

      The solid build kits can be purchased for what i'd consider to be a pretty reasonable price from Hobbys (or various other online sites) - failing that make your own plans, as there don't seem to be anything in the way of plans about.

      If you're after matchitecture - I have the two mentioned above which I'm happy to share about. However, someone has to buy them at least once. If everyone on here builds them, purchasing a different one each an getting them scanned up for everyone and swapped about so the full collection is online and available to us all would seem to be a pretty fair way forward....

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      mandy 6 years ago

      hi st george

      Thankyou so much for your reply, i have this morning taken the plunge and bought the Notre damn. If i had seen your post i wouldt of- making the matches bigger is very sneeky, if i am not mistaken a box of 2000 of their matches cost around £15 i did wonder why now i know! I shall have to be careful not tomake to many mistakes. Thankyou for offering and if i do get the eiffel tower after i finish this one i would gladly swap x

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      steve 6 years ago

      hi i like doing these models does anyone know a website where i can get plans thanks

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      St-George 6 years ago

      I have the plans for the Taj Mahal and Eiffel Tower Matchitecture kits available in PDF format if anyone would like to exchange for those of the Tower Bridge model.

      Don't know about anyone else but I do think these kits are ridiculously overpriced for what's actually in them - essentially a few sheets of photocopied paper and a bag of match sticks( which they've deliberatly made about 10mm longer than normal modelling matches)!!

      Incidentally if you print the plans out at about 73% scale you can use normal modelling matchsticks albeit for a slightly smaller and more fiddly model!

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      mandy 6 years ago

      hi completely new to this wonderful hobby,been having chemo for the last year and have just had a lung lobectomy with more chemo/treatment ahead of me so needed something to be able to sit and do=this hobby is perfect! Now i am doing the ledge caravan but i am the type of person that likes to do big and wondered if there is anybody out their who could possibly send me plans for either Notre Damn or the taj mahal all costs would be paid.many thanks mandy

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      Fred 6 years ago

      One matchstick model with moving parts is an excavator.

      http://homepages.manx.net/fredd/hobbies.html#Excav...

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      david 6 years ago

      hi Napo did you know that you can buy matchsticks in bulk for £5 10,000 from hobbies london. I havemade a grand mother working clock and a water mill.Good luck and let me know how you get on, Send some picks if you can David my email is davidharding60@msn.com

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      napo 6 years ago

      I have been modelling with matchsticks for a few years mainly boats and planes. I have recently discovered that THE WORKS bookshops sell packets of 450 coloured matches for 50p The colour dousn't bother me as I paint over them my own colours anway. I am on the lookout for other things to model including matchstick models with moving parts.Has anyone any ideas please. (no windmills.)

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      northwood leisure 6 years ago

      Hi I would just like to let you all know of the great range of matchstick models available at a great price all at

      www.northwoodleisure.co.uk

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      jay 6 years ago

      If you want any help or advice on matchstick modeling, Try this site.

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      keegan 6 years ago

      hi, ive just bought my first matchitecture kit. does anyone have any advice or tips they can share? please email me on keegan.cocking@yahoo.com. thanks

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      Paul 7 years ago

      Gary

      Please email me at myzlpyx@hotmail.com, and we can talk about getting you the plans for the Notre Dame Building. It is a Doozy lemme tell ya. I am STILL working on it lol. Not as much as I used too, but working on it nonetheless. Anyway. Email me, and we can talk about trading. I'd love to do a fire engine. I look forward to your email.

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      Gary 7 years ago

      Hello Paul

      I would be interested in swapping either a complete matchitecture fire engine kit (unopened) or some plans of various other matchitecture models for a copy of your Notre Dame plans

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      kromey 7 years ago

      hi Kromey the answer to your question is NO the cardboard is part of the model. If it was a matecture kit then you don't have any card the matches stick to them selfs. I hope this was usefull and good luck David. ps let me know how you get on.

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      kromey 7 years ago

      I have just brought my first matchstick kit, before i start i have one small problem. Once the matchsticks are stuck to the card plans woud i be right in thinking the cardboard plans peel away from the matches?

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      Fred 7 years ago

      Sorry,put the wrong url above

      should be :-

      http://homepages.manx.net/fredd/ma.html

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      Fred 7 years ago

      Paul

      If you want an adjustable angle cutter try modifying the matchitecture cutter as at :-

      http://homepages.manx.net/fredd/hobbies/ma.html

      Also shows adjustable length cutter

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      paul 7 years ago

      Hi Paul. I haven't tried gluing the aheet but i will try and see how it goes. What i tend to do is put my plans in laminator sheets then you can go from one plan to the other also when they get full of glue they can easly be washed off with soap and water.Good luck on the BIG ONE David

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      Paul 7 years ago

      I recently bought the matchitecture model kit for the Notre Dame building and I am having a complete blast making this model. It has so many intricate parts that it gets a little frustrating at times, but I have received some good idea's reading this blog, and one of them being the easy cutter which I plan to purchase immediately because that will help out a lot with some of these angled pieces I need to do. If anyone has any other matchitecture kits with plans I would be willing to trade my plans for plans that you might have. I will copy them to my computer and make them into PDF files for easy printing. There are currently about 120 pages for the notre dame building front and back. I have a question about following plans using the acetate sheet that comes with the kit. one recommendation was to glue the on the sheet itself and then place the matchsticks on that and do it that way. the suggestion was to glue enough for about 10 minutes worth of work and then keep doing that. My question is, will that actually work? If that would actually work that would make the gluing process so much easier to do. Any Comments on that???

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      fred 7 years ago

      Hi Fred yes i have built the model of the Fokker. When you have finished just modify the plans a little and make another one of your own design. Keep all your plans and just keep modifying them and you will be surprised what you come up with . David

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      Fred 7 years ago

      Has anybody tried the "Matchitecture" kits,I like the look of the "Fokker DR1" triplane,but have only built solid models.

      I do follow Davids advice,built from kits then my own designs :-

      http://homepages.manx.net/fredd/hobbies.html

      Fred

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      fred 7 years ago

      Hi Fred thanks for your comments. I have read the book and this is a good start David

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      Fred 7 years ago

      I aquired a book recently

      "Matchstick Modelling" by Roy Ashley published 1979

      It gives basic building method and various plans.

      As David says buy a kit,it will show how to build a model,then adapt to your needs

      Fred

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      dh 7 years ago

      Hi DH the best way to do this is to enlarge the photo then draw it in sections ie squares and rectangles.It is not very easy if you have not done if before. Go on ebay and see if you can get a kit cheaply, then you will see how it all goes togeather.Sorry i cant help you any more good luck David

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      DH 7 years ago

      Hi David,

      I'm new to this and can't seem to find any plans (only kits and they are quite expensive) what is the best to approach turning a monument in a photo into a model?

      Thanks

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      Davina 7 years ago

      Hi Davina sorry i cant help you in this buy what you could try is get in touch with fellow matchstick modlers and if they have built a model from a kit they could photo coppy it and send it to you. lots of luck David

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      davina 7 years ago

      Hiya David, please will you help me with a wee problem I've got? I'm trying to find some downloadable pattens for matchstick modeling please? If you can help me in anyway or just point me in the right direction I'd be real grateful? Thank you for your time David. Yours Hoping Davina

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      david 7 years ago

      Hi Walton you are quite right about the cutter. I don't usualy work from a plan but i have made my own plans they are not to hard to do if its a building i.e a church or pagoda or the like. I don't know of any one who draws them profesonaly but i will keep my eys open. Good luck with your models. David

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      Walton 7 years ago

      This hobby could really take off if the word gets out how much fun it is. As someone posted above, what is needed is a source of plans only.

      I don't care much for the little cutter than comes with the kits and I use a handheld squeeze type cutter made by Midwest Products called an easy cutter. Much more accurate and faster.

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      u.delling 7 years ago

      Hello

      Iam a Matchstik modeller from Germany.Build this Art for 10 Jears.

      My Home:

      www.streichholzbastler.eu

      I begins a Guestgalery,send me our Pictures

      greets

      Delling

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      sam 8 years ago

      Hi Sam. There is 2 methods you can use the first one is to soak the matches in water till they are soft then bend to shape but the best way to do it is to break the matches half way through every 1/8 of an inch.It sounds a bit laborius but when you get startd it don't take long.When glued together and sanded you wont see any breaks. I hope this helps and good luck David

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      Sam 8 years ago

      Hi David i'm thinking of start the hobby of matchstick modelling i was wondering if you could tell me how you bend all those shapes, for example bending a wheel to shape thanks sam

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      davidjamesharding 8 years ago from london uk

      Hello Henry im afraid i cant help you on this but what i do is download pictures from the net and make my own plans but try and keep it simple. best of luck David

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      Mr Henry Clark 8 years ago

      I have recently started making models. I have done Empire State Building and a small Junk Chinese boat from kits. Is there anywhere I can buy just plans as I have bought matchsticks seperately. Cheers Henry.