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A closer look at Bunratty Castle

When I first saw Bunratty Castle up close I was completely overwhelmed by it. How could I even begin to make a paper model out of this?

I normally don't bother with architectural drawings - I just photograph and draw whatever details strike me, and then create my model. But with an heritage icon like this, I felt intimidated and longed for something concrete to go by. I finally did get my hands on some basic technical drawings - but the rest all came out of my observations. Here are some of the detail drawings I made in preparation of the actual model in the Tiny Bunratty pack.

This is a very intuitive way of going about making a paper model. I'm reluctant to allow myself to get bogged down with the technicalities. I just want to capture the quirky beauty of some of the buildings I see...

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On the history of paper models in Ireland

I came accross an interesting article recently on the history of the famous Schreiber - Bogen , a company producing amazing paper model cut-out kits since around 1880. It tells of how this company actually helped to record historic events in Germany - always coming out with new models reflecting what was happening at that very moment. For instance, when Germany was newly reunited and was building its new "Reichstag" parliament building, Schreiber had a cut-out model ready for the public to build before the real thing was opened!

I began to wonder whether Ireland had some equivalent history in paper model making, but have come across very few clues. Maybe the readers of this blog know something about this?

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