Ronald Remsberg builds complicated structures from simple materials. In fact, Mr. Remsberg has built several scale models from nothing but matchsticks. A former Convair aeronautical engineer and builder of free-flight model aircraft, Ron used thousands of these sticks and Elmer’s glue to assemble models of some of the world’s most famous landmarks and structures. Ron has built about a dozen such models since starting in 1998. Though he has slowed down a little, the structures remain very square and precise. Ron noted that building the projects is a great tension reliever. This model of a vintage convertible car is 12″-long, and the matchstick wheels actually turn. While it doesn’t represent any particular car, the model captures the feel of a 1930s luxury convertible.

This 1930s convertible classic car was made entirely from matchsticks.

Exhibit added: October 24, 2012 - Last modified: June 2, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship