Make Omelets, Not War: The Egg Tank

Sculptor Stuart Murdoch took a different albeit interesting approach, when it came to raising money for charity. Instead of going the usual fund-raising or cutting a cheque routine, Murdoch built a life-sized tank!

Building a massive  replica of the FV 4034 Challenger 2, is no easy task, but that didn’t intimidate the imaginative sculptor, as he tackled the challenged quite brilliantly. The FV 4034 Challenger 2, for the uninitiated,  is the main battle tank of the British Army, and Murdoch decided to use egg cartons to construct the life-size replica.

According to Stuart Murdoch,  5,016 egg cartons were used in totality and before you scream wastage, let me assure you, that is certainly not the case. Since, Murdoch is promoting ‘Eggs For Soldiers’ national egg and spoon race – a fundraising initiative in support of ‘Help for Heroes,’ his choice of material makes absolute sense. Also, 15p from the sale of every khaki green box of six ‘Eggs For Soldier’ goes straight to charity, and we can’t help but appreciate Murdoch’s generosity. The ‘Eggs for Soldiers’ was created in 2011 as a fundraising endeavor, and the  ‘Help The Heroes’ is a UK charity that raises money for wounded servicemen and women.

Building the replica of the  FV 4,034 Challenger 2 was a challenging (pardon the pun) task and Murdoch also ended up using 26 liters of glue, 10,100 nails, 15 liters of paint, 80 square meters of steel and 5,013 staples. It also took him a massive  512 hours to finish this project, and his patience is indeed impressive.

The Eggs for Soldiers‘ national egg and spoon race will take place on  March 4th and you can also help by  registering at