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Academy 1/350 Cutty Sark

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  • Member since
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  • From: Berwick, La.
Academy 1/350 Cutty Sark
Posted by Tnonk on Sunday, September 04, 2011 9:53 PM

I picked up an Academy 1/350 Cutty Sark at Hobby Lobby last week along with a couple of spools of rayon thread for rigging.

I also ordered a set of Alliance Modelworks 1/350 PE ratlines, which just came in.

My understanding from prior posts is that the Academy Cutty Sark is an ex-Pyro mold kit.  I checked out a Pyro kit on ebay and it sure appears to be the case, which is fine - I just want to do a fun build with it anyway.

I may be starting this build after I finish up my HMS Bounty build and I have a few questions if anyone out there can shed some light on a few things.

First, the hull molding of the ship appears to have a defect at the bow.  I checked a Pyro kit up on ebay now & it has the same mark also.  I'm sure it may be a mold issue to appear on both but I'm puzzled how it could have been missed for all these years and not corrected - or am I wrong and it's supposed to be like this??? The section at the bow between the copper sheathing and the scroll-work is smooth, (and has a ridge) while the rest of the hull above the copper plating is like a wood grain.  Not a hard fix but I find it odd all the same.

Has anyone used the AM PE ratlines?  I'm not that familiar with working with PE, so any heads up anyone could give on these would be appreciated.  I don't have a rigging diagram of this ship, but I do know the ratlines were mounted on the inside of the hull and not the outside like most ships.

The instructions on this kit leave a lot to be desired.  It's a simple kit, but I do want to do a little bit extra to improve it a bit.  I have the basic paint scheme on the ship but I wouldn't mind getting my hands on a copy of the old Revell instructions for the rigging.  I'll be doing a basic rigging job (with no sails) so it doesn't have to be a copy of the 1/96 instructions - any scale would help.  I know that the Cambell Plans for this ship are great, but for what I'm doing with this little kit, it's a bit overkill for me.

Any help with instructions for the rigging would be greatly appreciated.

I also have a question on the rayon thread for rigging.  I picked up a couple spools of Coats & Clark Rayon embroidery thread because of the sizes needed.  I think I read somewhere (on here maybe??) that using Rayon thread was better on smaller scale kits?  Anyone use it?  or am I making a mistake in using it?  I haven't done much rigging so it's all new to me.

I also picked up a MiniCraft 1/350 Cutty Sark today off ebay.  I saw that the MiniCraft had vac formed sails, so I'm hoping that I won't have to cut those plastic sails off the yards on the Academy kit.  I'm also curious if the MiniCraft kits quality is better than the Academy.

The contents of the Academy kit.  Basic, but considering the apparent age of the molds, not a bad kit at all - IMHO.


Thanks for looking in, any comments welcome.




  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Union, Maine
Posted by Jerome Morris on Wednesday, September 07, 2011 7:44 AM

I believe the bow area your concerned with would be wood, why it is smooth is beyond me.

 Have to admit the wood grain is a little garish, but I didn't make the molding.

The coats and clark thread will be fine. Just be sure not to over tighten and pull the mast or yards out of whack.

 Can't help with the pe ratlines, I've always tied my own.

  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • From: UK
Posted by Billyboy on Thursday, September 08, 2011 8:52 AM

It is rare that I suggest to someone not to build a kit, but in this instance I really would recommend finding the 'other' 1/350 Cutty Sark. Most recently available from Revell, I think the moulds originated with Imai? Certainly, there are Aoshima boxings kicking around, and mine looks more or less identical to the Revell kit.

Anyway, as you can see from the link below- it is a cracking little kit


  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • From: UK
Posted by Billyboy on Thursday, September 08, 2011 8:57 AM

Oh, and I will also recommend purchasing the Campell plans direct from the Cutty Sark people. Three reasons;


i) They are excellent plans for anyone interested in the fitting and rigging of sailing clippers

ii) You contribute to the restoration and upkeep of the ship

iii) They are possibly the most outrageous bargain to be had in the ship modelling market

iv) They are pretty enough to frame when you're done.

oh wait, that's four reasons....



  • Member since
    September, 2011
Posted by Bbmo87 on Thursday, September 08, 2011 11:00 PM

Hi All,

First post and first model so bare with me.  I recently got into models. I actually have just about finished this same model. Im having a very difficult time with threading the sails. any help or tips would be greatly appreciated! 


  • Member since
    March, 2005
  • From: West Virginia, USA
Posted by mfsob on Saturday, September 10, 2011 6:51 PM

I think, since this is your first sailing ship, and since it's 1/350, go with the PE ratlines and comments to the contrary be darned! It's going to look great regardless. Pirate

  • Member since
    June, 2011
  • From: Loures Portugal
Posted by alexander47 on Sunday, September 11, 2011 10:59 AM

Some advice for this kit make it better!

1 - See attached photo of the hull, try to camouflage the look of the original kit
2 - Do not apply ratlines definitely the EP, the first try of origin and paint with black mat
3 ° Do not use sails in plastic original, try to do so cloth



  • Member since
    September, 2011
Posted by Bbmo87 on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 11:25 AM

How about copper wire?  paint it brown.  Seems to be an easy way out, not sure how it would look though.  Seems to be easier than having to tie all of that.  


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