London, Sep 26 (ANI): A British man has created a full-scale model of one of television's scariest aliens-Dalek from 'Doctor Who'-using 480,000 matchsticks.
After spending more than two years on the task in the sitting room of his end of terrace house in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, Croucher, 66, finished it last month by applying the last of three coats of clear varnish to the model.
The Dalek replica was made out of 480,000 matches, which had been cut, shaped and sanded into the 5ft 3in extraterrestrial.
"I spent an hour or maybe two on it at a day because I have a bad back and it is difficult sitting still for such a long time. Besides, it can be a tedious business," the Telegraph quoted Croucher, a retired electroplater, as saying.
To create the Dalek, Croucher used a small plastic toy version as a template and scaled it up five times to make his full sized version.
"I did a Dalek because my wife Hazel bet me to do it as a challenge. Because I had made the five-foot motor launch I wanted to make something bigger with more detail.
"I made a frame at the bottom and got the shape right and just went on from there. I stick the matches together in little blocks and then gradually build them up. My wife hands me the matchsticks and I put them together.
"The hardest bit was the little bubbles on the body because they have to be rounded. There are 56 of them and each one had to be built up and then sanded off," he added.
The Dalek sits on casters so that it can move around, and it even has a voicebox inside its domed head that can utter its chilling catchprase "Ex-ter-min-ate, ex-ter-min-ate."
However, Croucher wants to sell his Dalek creation.
"It takes up too much room and I want to sell it. I'm prepared to listen to offers and sell it to the highest bidder," said Croucher. (ANI)