Reconstruction of the 1865 Dublin International Exhibition: Windows, Railings, and the Smallest Boxes Known to Man.

Now that the walls, floors, and roofing is built, it was time to tackle the finer details of the model, namely the window frames and the railings.

To create the railings, I first measured the distance between girders in the model to create a basic railing which was the correct size. I then created the frame of the railing using four thin boxes to create the iron structure of the individual railing. I then divided the width of the box by three to determine where to put the dividing box, turning the railing into a fused, 3 section railing before adding all of the details, as seen in the reference picture below.

The design elements of the railing, seen here at the left, mid-height in the image.

The diamond shaped part of the railing was created from boxes, made the same width, length and height as those used for the main frame, and were rotated to fit the shape of the railing perfectly. The very small, finer details are made from extremely thin boxes, all rotated to fit the model. When one railing was complete. I used the attach tool to attach all of the boxes together and create a single element for the railing. I then created copies of this railing to put into the model. In the places where the railing did not fit perfectly, I used the scaling tool to modify the railing.

The approach to creating the window was very similar to that of the railings. To create the window frames, I measured the distance between girders in the model to create a proportionate window frame. I then created the outer iron frame using four thin boxes. I then divided the width of the box by three to determine where to put the dividing box, turning the window frame into a fused, 3 section structure. I then looked to the reference photograph to determine the details of the window frame. Measuring the existing frame I had created, I divided the measurements accordingly so that my window frames were perfectly symmetrical. When the window frame was created, I used the group tool to create a temporary single component frame which I then copied to fill the entire structure of the model’s walls, scaling the frame to fit where appropriate. The reason to group rather than attach the boxes in the model was a good decision on my part, as it made the creation of the curve in the window frames much easier, on both ends of the model. Instead of creating brand new boxes from scratch, I used the move tool and the shift button to make new boxes along the X and Y axis and align them with the girders of the iron structure to create the windows.

To follow updates on our project, see the rest of my blog or Fionn’s blog.

Please tell me what you think!