Explore the heritage of sailing with professional ship model maker Carlos Montalvao.
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What inspired you to start making these miniature ship models? How did your interest in ships begin? My first contact with a ship model was when I was 6 years old and my father took me to the Lisbon Maritime Museum. There had been several sailors in our family and, as I viewed the ship models, I imagined my ancestors on board and they were brought back to life again. It was a magic moment that paved the way for my lifelong love for ships and ship models. I went to university and pursued a 4-year degree and 2-year post-graduate course in Philosophy, during which time I build ship models as a hobby. After graduating I started working as a professional in academic and science
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administration at the University of Lisbon, and by then my hobby had become a passion. A local maritime museum asked me to build a model of a famous XIX century ship that had wrecked on its shores, which was the first step to start a career as a professional model maker. In order to enhance my manual skills with maritime and boat building expertise, I went back to university to take a Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in maritime history and shipbuilding traditions. I also started to lecture, giving training courses on ship modeling and acting as a museum consultant for ship modelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; policy and maritime history issues. I was planning my PhD when I was commissioned to build the models which are currently on display at the National Museum of Oman.