Berkshire

Matchstick modeller spends two years creating Concorde

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Media captionNorman Dawson worked on his models in his living room

A plane enthusiast has spent more than two years creating matchstick models of a Concorde and a Boeing 747.

Norman Dawson, a former British Airways engineer from Berkshire, says he has used more then 5,000 matchsticks making the scale models.

The 68-year-old, from Lower Earley, took up the hobby after he retired and made the planes in his living room after drawing up the plans.

He is now looking for a home for his creations.

He said: "My interest started years ago when I saw a model of the Tower of London in matchsticks and I thought 'wow'.

"But at the time I didn't really do anything about it and it was only as I was coming up to my retirement that I thought 'what shall I do?' and the idea came to me to build a 747 and Concorde."

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Image caption Mr Dawson worked on his models in his living room

Mr Dawson said that although his hobby was fiddly, he enjoyed the challenge.

He said: "I love everything about it. People think 'don't you get bored?' But I don't, I get so engrossed in it that the time flies."

The Concorde model is now being displayed in Mr Dawson's window, but the 747 is being stored on the bed in his spare room, as it is so big.

He said: "I would like them to go on show somewhere if possible, as I am sure some people would appreciate them."

He is now working on his next project: an Airbus A380.

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