Hobbyist sets numbers puzzle with striking model
WORKING at a rate your average full-time employee wouldn’t keep up with, Bob Hitchcock has completed a matchstick model of the most famous palace in the world.
The 78-year-old took more than 3700 hours across 19 months to create his miniature replica of Buckingham Palace but craftily, he won’t yet reveal exactly how many matchsticks were involved in the process.
That’s because residents at Mr Hitchcock’s nursing home, Waminda Care Facility in Bentley, are taking part in a challenge to guess the correct number. As well as creating fascination around Waminda, Mr Hitchcock said dedicating time to a craft activity was personally invaluable.
“This is the best way to keep your mind going,” Mr Hitchcock said.
“It’s fantastic for the mind and you have to keep making decisions.”
Mr Hitchcock has been making matchstick models for more than 10 years and the palace is the largest in his collection.
He drafted up a drawing of the model and began construction in December 2016, using only glue and matchsticks. He said the matchstick models were compelling and challenging.
“The whole point is to work your mind and challenge it,” he said.
While he’s now taking a well-earned break from matchstick model making, Mr Hitchcock said his next project would be New York’s Empire State Building – which he expects will take two years to complete.
Bob Hitchcock proudly shows off his completed model of Buckingham Palace.