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What do you need to make a ship model out of matchsticks?

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Building a simple matchstick model is possible using only a knife, glue, sandpaper and matchsticks. More complex models may require the use of needle-nosed pliers for bending the matchsticks. Sheets of acrylic are useful for supporting large flat matchstick structures while the glue keeping the matches together dries.

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Regular matchsticks are suitable for building models, but it is necessary to remove their inflammable tips first. Alternatives to this are tip-less sticks ordered from a matchstick manufacturer or craft sticks available at hobby stores.

It is also possible to purchase matchstick model kits, which contain complete assembly instructions, cardboard formers, glue and matchsticks.

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