Phillip Warren’s Matchstick Armada
If you are a fan of the British Navy, I have a feeling this man is a bigger fan than you are. Meet 79 year old Phillip Warren who has spent the last 62 years of his life building every single ship that was ever served for the British Navy since 1945. His collection also includes many other ships from 18 different nations including all the things that those ships have on them, which in a case of an air craft carrier, he built all air craft to go along with the model.
Building a model ship out of matchsticks is apparently a pretty heavy task, one that requires on average of 1500 matchsticks and takes about a month to complete. But that did not stop Philip, unfortunately the only thing that is stopping him now is the amount of matchsticks in wooden boxes that are available today. Apparently old school matchsticks in wooden boxes have been replaced by cardboard ones and are becoming a rarity these days. Nonetheless, Phillip has managed to build quite a collection over the years and the details of his models are astonishing. With 400 individual ships in his arsenal he has declined to sell or insure any of them. They are what he considers invaluable and irreplaceable and I tend to agree.