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“Even The Smallest Detail Can Lead to A Remarkable Creation” The Only Marine Model Maker Left on The Clyde Kicks Off the Scottish Maritime Museum’s Summer Talks Season

Ship Models: A Talk by Cemal Ozturk
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One of Scotland’s leading model makers, Cemal Ozturk, will open the Scottish Maritime Museum’s exciting new Summer Talks season on Thursday 2 May.

The Summer Talks season complements the Museum’s major new exhibition, ‘Ship Models – a History of Shipping in Miniature’, which is now on show in the Linthouse on Irvine Harbourside.

A BAE Systems-approved model maker and the only marine model maker left on the Clyde, Cemal will share his insights into the art and history of ship modelling. His professional model making commissions date as far back as the legendary Yarrow Shipbuilders.

Guests will hear about the techniques used to create intricate models and the remarkable changes in the craft since he began model making in Glasgow in 1988.

Visitors can also view one of Cemal’s models in the exhibition. The trimaran concept design, FMCS (Future Maritime Combat Ship) was gifted to the Museum by BAE Systems.

The model, which features a Lynx and Merlin RN helicopter on the stern and T45 Sampson radar system, dates from around 2000. The vessel was never built.

Announcing the Summer Talks season, Eva Bukowska, Exhibitions and Events Officer at the Scottish Maritime Museum, says:

“We’re thrilled to welcome Cemal back to the Museum to begin our new Summer Talks season.

“Guests will enjoy his fascinating perspectives on ship model making and how his craft has changed over the years. Whilst traditional ship modelling techniques are still widely used, technological advancements such as 3D printing and CAD software have helped the industry plan the construction of ship models with greater precision.

“As Cemal says: “even the smallest details can lead to remarkable creations”. His talk will be fascinating insight for those who have a passion for modelling, those who have an interest in shipbuilding and those who simply have a curious mind!”

Cemal came to Glasgow from Istanbul in 1988 after marrying a Scot.

Although a successful model maker and qualified electronics and electrical engineer in his home country, he struggled to find work in Scotland.

As a last resort, and without funding, he set up his own business. The business grew to become one of the most successful professional model making companies in Scotland producing such architectural and marine models as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Unbuilt Designs, The Great Hall at Stirling Castle and the first-ever model of the steamboat, Symington’s Charlotte Dundas.

 Cemal went on to help establish Scotland’s first model making course at Glasgow College of Building and Printing.

The two other evening talks in the season are ‘Shipyard Memories’ with Ralph Collins on 7 June and ‘The Jimmy Reid Foundation’ with Dave Watson on 25 July.

At ‘Shipyard Memories’ with Ralph Collins guests will enjoy a treasure trove of stories collected by this former shipyard apprentice.

 At ‘The Jimmy Reid Foundation’ talk by Dave Watson visitors will learn more about this think tank promoting equity and justice across Scotland and beyond.

For all talks, doors open at 6pm. Tickets include a refreshment and snack as well as entry to the Museum’s current exhibition ‘Ship Models – a History of Shipping in Miniature’.

Ship Models: A Talk by Cemal Ozturk took place on Thursday 2 May.

The Scottish Maritime Museum on Irvine Harbourside is open daily, 10am – 5pm.

Up to three children gain free entry with each Adult/Concession ticket.

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Notes to Editors : The Scottish Maritime Museum

  • Established in 1983, the Scottish Maritime Museum is home to Scotland’s nationally recognised collection of maritime heritage, a national art collection and the Scottish Boat Building School
  • The Museum has two sites – on the Harbourside in Irvine, North Ayrshire, and in Dumbarton
  • The Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine is housed within the Linthouse, a vast, Victorian, glass-roofed and A listed building which was formerly the Linthouse Engine Shop of Alexander Stephen and Sons in Govan.
  • The collection here includes some of Scotland’s most historic vessels, the country’s largest collection of shipbuilding tools and engineering and inventions which influenced maritime history across the world
  • Vessels include MV Spartan, the only surviving Scottish-built ‘puffer’ in Scotland; SY Carola, possibly the world’s oldest seagoing steam yacht; and MVKyles, the oldest Clyde-built vessel still afloat in the UK and recognised as one of Britain’s most important historic vessels
  • The Museum’s national collection of maritime related art includes works by renowned artists such as John Bellany, FCB Cadell, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Muirhead Bone and Kate Downie
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