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Hogwarts in Matchsticks
September 15, 2006 10:42 AM   Subscribe

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry recreated to scale using 526,000 matchsticks is the latest model being constructed over at Matchstick Marvels.
posted by jonson (16 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Bloody hell. That's pretty amazing.
posted by Mave_80 at 10:47 AM on September 15, 2006


Incredible!
posted by ericb at 10:47 AM on September 15, 2006


::waves wand:: Incendio!
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:01 AM on September 15, 2006 [1 favorite]


How much does 526,000 matchsticks cost anyway?
posted by poppo at 11:10 AM on September 15, 2006


great googly moogly
posted by Julnyes at 11:19 AM on September 15, 2006


How much does 526,000 matchsticks cost anyway?

1 galleon, 13 sickles and 28 knuts.
posted by jonson at 11:22 AM on September 15, 2006


Do the stairways move?
posted by Kickstart70 at 11:23 AM on September 15, 2006


Excellent! The other models listed on the page are impressive as well.
posted by triolus at 11:26 AM on September 15, 2006


How much does 526,000 matchsticks cost anyway?

My half-assed researched guess is somewhere between $750-1000.

In the Matchstick Marvels' FAQ it says the smallest bulk order is $500. Another matchstick modeler claims to buy in bulks of 250,000 sticks. A craft kit of 2000 matchsticks runs between $7-10, so it makes enough sense that the $500 bulk purchase would be about 250k sticks.
posted by pokermonk at 11:33 AM on September 15, 2006


That's simply insane. (Also, The Dinner Game.)
posted by OmieWise at 11:38 AM on September 15, 2006


Two hundredths of a cent for a useless matchstick? What a racket! I bet this entire hobby market is astroturfed by the manufacturers.

Seriously though, that's a lot of work. I'm surprised they don't ever airbrush these models, the natural wood appearance really isn't all that striking and I'd imagine it would provide some interesting opportunities for contrast as you looked closer and realized how many individual components were involved. I see some that have a lighter appearance, but that could be a different species of wood or a bleached run of material, can't tell at this resolution.
posted by prostyle at 12:29 PM on September 15, 2006


I built this over two weeks this summer(in my parent's basement, no less! I didn't have the space). If my normal-ish life spiralled completely out of control, I think I'd wind up with these matchstick guys, and maybe happier.
posted by Kwine at 1:32 PM on September 15, 2006


amazing
posted by i_am_a_Jedi at 1:39 PM on September 15, 2006


*squees a little*

Why do I always have to turn into a frothing fool whenever anything Harry Potter related is mentioned? Oh. That's right. I'm a fan.
posted by liquorice at 4:22 PM on September 15, 2006


That...That...is...

UNHOLY!
(Not the whole Harry Potter thing, but what it took to build something like that...)

BURN HIM!
posted by Samizdata at 10:06 PM on September 15, 2006


That is awesome!
posted by LeeJay at 10:40 PM on September 16, 2006


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