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Revell Cutty Sark Clipper

A friend asked me to build a ship, so I selected this well-known Revell kit of the Cutty Sark. The Cutty Sark is possibly the most universally-known ship on the planet. It was built in 1869 to carry tea from China, and later hauled wool from Sydney, Australia to London, England. The ship has survived and is now a museum in London.

I hadn’t done a ship since I was in high school (a long time ago!), but since the discovery of EZLine, I was eager to try all the rigging that would be necessary to pull off a sailing vessel with any sort of authenticity. I got the kit off of oldmodelkits.com, and it was old, from 1983. Lots of flash and mold lines had to be trimmed up, and I spent most of a week putting it together and rigging the sails. The kit had instructions for 3 levels of rigging, and I split the difference between levels 2 and 3 – I ran out of perseverance and patience at that point, and called it good.

I’m very pleased with the result, but don’t wish to do another one any time soon!

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4 responses to Revell Cutty Sark Clipper

  1. A fine looking tall ship!

  2. Hello Robert,

    You do not see this model often finished. So my compliments.
    Regards, Dirk / The Netherlands.

  3. When I was a kid, my Dad built this very same ship, but it was done in the 1970’s. He left the sails off his. In the mid 1970’s …… ’76 I think, I built the much larger USS Constitution, but I never quite finished it up…………… too bad. There is something magical about these old sailing vessels…………. Yours brought back some good memories.

    I really like how yours turned out. Well done !!!
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  4. Looks good Robert, especially for a kit that’s been around since the 70’s.

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