Fifty nine year-old Kevin Philpott, a warehouse manager from Stoke, has just completed a labour of love he started at aged seven when his Mum gave him an old spool of sewing thread.
Because that was the inspiration he needed to set him on his way to building a miniature 3D scale model of Britain’s entire road system, with different colours and gauges of thread used to illustrate minor, major, trunk and motorways.
‘People think it’s been a pointless exercise,’ said Kevin ‘but it hasn’t. The amount of pleasure this has given me over the years, coupled with my sense of incredible achievement now it’s totally accurate in every detail (up to December 31st 2018) can’t be bought.’
‘I’ve even had an email from Blue Peter inviting me onto the programme next week and Guinness World Records are coming tomorrow to assess whether my model is a record. But actually this is only the start for me.’
Kevin then went on to confirm his sights are already set on his next project when he will render the entire Cosmos using a variety of materials such as grains of salt, sugar, rice, dried peas, ball bearings, ping-pong balls, tennis balls, footballs, beach balls and sticky-back plastic.
When asked if he found the the sheer enormity of the new project in any way daunting Kevin laughed: ‘Well it may take me a while but by the time I’m finished then just maybe Brexit will be sorted out… although I shan’t hold my breath.’