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Local Family Constructs Detailed Model of U.S. Capitol in Their Garage



A Germantown family is assembling a model of the United States Capitol building that will be on display at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Headquarters in Orlando.


It's a massive model of the U.S. Capitol created from tens of thousands of bamboo sticks. Perhaps just as unbelievable, putting it together was a family affair and it's being built in the garage of Germantown resident Linh Vuong - stick by stick.

The model is 1/100 scale of actual U.S. Capitol building in Washington; it is over nine feet long and almost seven feet wide. It was designed, researched, and planned by master architect Hoang Tuan Long, with help from Germantown resident Linh Vuong and Loc Ha. The model is constructed of more than 300,000 Tam Giang or bamboo pieces which are 0.9 millimeters in diameter, according to Linh Vuong.


Originally, the artist Hoang Long, build a model of the U.S. Capitol dome using bamboo toothpicks. Long visited the office of Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen to show the model of the dome. A photo was taken, and Van Hollen’s office sent out a tweet with the picture, two days later the Washington Post picked up the picture used it on The Daily 202 PowerPost. It was after that when the Ripley’s museum contacted the artist about purchasing a full model of the U.S. Capitol.