Acton with his true-to life size model of Mars 2020 rover Perseverance

A matchstick model of NASA’s newest Mars rover Perseverance has been in the works since April of 2020. Artist Patrick Acton has installed the Perseverance exhibit, which opened to the public on May 20 at the Matchstick Marvels museum, 319 2nd Street, Gladbrook, IA. Fine exterior detail work will continue throughout the summer on the full-sized model. Many of the Perseverance model’s electronically controlled automated features have yet to be activated. Additionally, work on the drone helicopter Ingenuity has yet to be completed and the helicopter model will be missing from the display until completed later this summer or early fall.

The massive matchstick model measures over 10 feet long, 9 feet wide and 7 feet at its tallest point. The model contains 880,000 matchsticks and required 28 gallons of wood glue to construct.

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