It’s been a while since I last posted. I haven’t had much time to work on models recently, but I’m carving out a few minutes here and there to work on a few projects.
I recently picked up Academy’s Cutty Sark model for cheap. It looked simple and I thought it might be a quick build. Although it’s in 1/350 scale, the ship is pretty small. I’ve never built anything from Academy, so I wasn’t sure what to expect here.
The instructions are very simple. One of the three steps is constructing the base. There are no color call outs in the instructions so I’ll have to use reference photos when it comes time to paint. Luckily the Cutty Sark still exists and is housed in a cool looking museum in the UK.
The hull is decently detailed. I wasn’t expecting much in terms of detail with this kit but it managed to exceed my expectations. My biggest complaint with the hull is that the details like the wood grain are raised instead of recessed. I wasn’t really expecting wood grain detail on the hull so complaining about it seems silly.
The second sprue has the ship deck, some boats, the masts, and a stand. You get the same wood grain on the deck as you do on the hull. The grain is much to large for the scale, but it will give the final model some nice detail when complete. The parts don’t look like they will nee to much clean up too, which is nice.
Next up are the sails. The only complaint I have here is that they are too thick for the scale, but since they are plastic and not cloth I’m not too disappointed. There is a decent amount of detail here and after some paint and a wash they should look pretty nice.
The final sprue has a few more sails and the shrouds. AS with my other complaints, the shrouds are quite thick for the scale. I could scratch build these pieces but I’m not sure I want to put that much work into this model.
Overall this isn’t a bad model. I have no idea how everything will fit together. But considering the price and the size of the model I was satisfied with the amount of detail. I’ll probably ditch the included string for rigging and go with the fly fishing line I use for other ships in 1/350 scale.