Hobbies

Matchstick Models

I started making matchstick models when I was the Local assistant at Point of Ayre,in many ways an ideal hobby as you glue relatively small sections before finally assembling the whole model.
So you could easily work on small sections and still fit in,winding the machine up,weather reports,etc.

The first model that I built,so I followed the plans and instructions,later models incorporated some of my own ideas and eventually my own designs

Fairground Traction Engine

Matchstick Model Traction engine 2005
Matchstick Model Fairground Traction Engine (Kit)
Length 13 inches (33 cm)


Windmill

Matchstick Model windmill 2005
Matchstick Model Windmill (Kit)
Height 21 inches (53 cm)


Hansom Cab

Matchstick Model Hansom cab 2005
Matchstick Model Hansom Cab (Kit)
Length 17 inches (44 cm)


Omnibus

Matchstick Model Omnibus 2005
Matchstick Model Omnibus (Kit)
Length 17 inches (44 cm)


Some of the following matchstick models are my own design


June 2006 I bought the kit for the Rocker Horse,since that turned out quite well I used my own design to build the horse to go with the Hansom Cab.
Rocker Horse_________________________Horse_____

Matchstick Model Rocker Horse 2006 Matchstick Model Horse 2006
Matchstick Model Rocker Horse (Kit)_______Matchstick Model Horse____
Length 11 inches (28cm)___________Length 9 inches (23cm)

Hansom Cab with Horse

Matchstick Model Hansom Cab with Horse 2006
Matchstick Model Hansom Cab with Horse


Matchstick Model Sopworth Camel 2007 Matchstick Model Sopworth Camel 2007
Matchstick Model plane based on Sopworth Camel
Wingspan 10½ inches (27 cms)


Matchstick Model Landrover 2006 Matchstick Model Landrover 2006
Prototype Matchstick Model Landrover-2006
Length 9 inches (23cm)


Landrover

Matchstick Model Landrover 2007 ______ Matchstick Model Landrover 2007
Matchstick Model Landrover 2007 Matchstick Model Landrover 2007
Matchstick model based on Landrover-2007
Length 9 inches (23cm)


Dump Truck

Matchstick Model Dump Truck 2007 Matchstick Model Dump Truck 2007
Matchstick Model Dump Truck 2007 Matchstick Model Dump Truck 2007
Matchstick Model Dump Truck based on Caterpillar 797
Length 10 inches (25cm)
Full size Height 7.5 meters,Tyres 3.6 meters in diameter


Hispano Suiza Car

Matchstick Model Hispano Suiza Car 2008

Matchstick Model Hispano Suiza Car 2008 Matchstick Model Hispano Suiza Car 2008 Matchstick Model Hispano Suiza Car 2008

Modified Matchstick Model Hispano Suiza based on Matchbuilder Kit
Length 15 inches (38cm)


Matchstick Model Excavator

Matchstick Model Excavator 2009

Matchstick Model Excavator 2009 Matchstick Model Excavator 2009

Matchstick Model Excavator 2009

Matchstick Model Excavator based on Caterpiller 312
Track Length 8 inch (20 cm)


Oil Rig Support Vessel

Matchstick Oil Rig Support Vessel 2009

Matchstick Oil Rig Support Vessel 2009 Matchstick Oil Rig Support Vessel 2009

Oil Rig Support Vessel 2009 Matchstick Oil Rig Support Vessel 2009

Matchstick Oil Rig Support Vessel 2009

Matchstick Model Boat of Oil Rig Support Vessel
Length 24 inch (61 cm)

The model is a highly modified Matchmodeller Kit.
Model is based on various vessels I saw working out of Peterhead port in the early seventies and is of no particular vessel.

West Highland Coaster - Clyde Puffer

Matchstick Puffer general 2011

Matchstick Puffer winch 2011 Matchstick Puffer ships boat

Matchstick Puffer bridge 2011 Matchstick Puffer ships boat-winch 2011

Matchstick Puffer stern 2011

Matchstick Model Boat of Clyde Puffer
Based on Harold A Underhill plans for "Sealight"
Length 22 inch (56 cm)

The rigging shown is a trial run and needs to be updated.
ie.Tidied up


Iron Paddle Tug

Matchstick Tug sideview 2013

Matchstick Tug frontview 2013

Matchstick Model Boat of Iron Paddle Tug
Based on Harold A Underhill plans
Length 34 inch (87cm)

Still very much a work in progress,but progress is being made June 2013

Matchstick Tug sideview 2014
April 2014
Some progress,but paddle wheels plus ancilliaries still to construct

Matchstick Tug frontview 2014
April 2014


Click for some Matchstick Accessories


The boat below is a wooden plank on frame model,in about 1972 a friend had cut out a couple of the frames and decided it was not his ideal hobby and gave it to me.I built it as a non-working model and it sat around until 2005 when I installed a motor and radio control,so it now goes for the occasional sail on the local lake.
Model fishing boat 2005
Model Fishing Boat
Length 26 inches (66 cm)


Sternwheeler push tug 2013
Vaguely based on an article in "Model Boats" magazine,had I done a bit more research before building,I could have based design on an actual boat - quite a few twin paddle sternwheeler boats around. Sternwheeler push tug 2013

Sternwheeler push tug
Length 26 inches (66cm)

Sternwheeler engine room 2014
Engineroom (2013)

Sternwheeler engine room 2013
Engineroom (2014)
Rubber band drive was slipping and fraying so changed to chain drive
Same motors but cleaned and painted since they were corroding since I sail in salt water


Amphibian Vehicle 2013

Based on a model DUKW in a 1970 Radio Modeller article
Length 19 inches (48 cm)

Amphibian vehicle 2013

Amphibian vehicle 2013

Amphibian vehicle 2013

Basic construction completed

Amphibian vehicle 2013

Water tight and operational

Amphibian vehicle 2013

Needs internal layout sorted out and a crew added

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Dingy 2014

Length 18 inches (46cm)

Based on plans from :-
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The original was clinker planked,but due I think to distortion when I enlarged the plank plans it was not very sucessful
So I changed to carvel planking which worked quite well Dingy 2014

Dingy 2014

Dingy 2014

Masts,Sails and fitting out to complete November 2014

All photographs Copyright Fred Fox.