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 NYFD ladder truck is 14″-long and was made entirely from matchsticks. The truck incorporates more moving parts than Ron’s prior models. The ladder can be extended, and the ladder base rotated. Additionally, the hydraulic braces can be extended from the side of the truck and placed on the ground to steady the truck with ladder raised.

Exhibit added: May 22, 2012 - Last modified: June 2, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship