Cutty sark - H399 sail search

i noticed that there have been some inquiries on the cutty sark. i have built this ship before and i got another one from e-bay about a year ago. the kit was intact, except for the sails and the decal sheet.
i sent in a missing parts request to revell and got everything but one sheet of sails. i attempted to send in another request, after seeing it and thinking it was back into production...i had filled out a survey suggesting that they bring back some of their older kits. i got a cancelation card in the mail telling me that this kit was discontinued in 2001. i'm also trying to find out exactly what scale this kit is...all it gives is the dementions on the box, it being over 3 feet long....i love it!!!
does anyone know where i could find sails for this ship, as i do not like to build any ships without sails....i think it takes away from the beauty..if anyone knows, just shoot me an e-mail at: <email> ....i will be very happy😊

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5 years ago #2
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I got this kit as a Christmer present many years ago and it has sat unbuilt all this time. I recently got the urge to build it and in buying supplies for it (paints, glue, etc.), the guy at the hobbie shop mentioned that this particular kit has been hard to find and have not been able to get any more. After reading your blog I now know why. I thought it was just another large scale kit but I am realizing it may actually be a collectible. Now I am wondering if I should eveb bother building it or keep it intact in its original box. Thanks for your entry. I realize it was over a year ago.

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5 years ago #3
seymoregutz
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hi there,

this is my second build of this kit. if you read my blogs, i have found the sails for it...gone through my problems concerning the decals, and now it sits on a shelf, waiting for the studding sails. unless you are a die-hard collector, I see no reason why you shouldn't build it. look on e-bay from time to time and you'll see what i mean. sooner or later, the kit will become a collector's Item......but for now {in this millennium}, it is just a hard to find kit. in retrospect...think of how old you will be, when you come to the conclusion that..."Wow, I should have built this when I was younger." read this article:

http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/historyormodellingjl_1.htm

build it, my friend, and be happy that you have a chance to build one of the finest kits that Revell ever put out.😎 😉

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5 years ago #4
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Great article! Thanks for the wisdom. I was really looking forward to the joy of building it but was starting to second guess myself. I certialy would hate to end up too old, too shaky and too blind to do it myself and havibng to hire someone else to build it for me. No joy in that. I have been out of modeling since I was about 12. I built my very first kit since then this past weekend, an EZ-Build Fokker Dr-1 (1:32). Finishing that got my juices flowing again to do more so I pulled out the Cutty.

Thanks again. All thr best to you for the new year. 😃

Cheers

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5 years ago #5
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there you go man!!!!!! start small, get yourself back into the groove! if you still feel a little wobbly, do another one....there are shops around that sells kits cheap. experiment and exercise yourself until you feel your ready.....I sound a bit cautious, but there's a reason for it. for me , it's always good to see a person get back into the craft.....I've been doing it most of my life...ie, the toddler years. one thing I've learned is never to rush into anything....just gets me into trouble. I just want to hear that when you put the finishing touches on it, you've created a work of art.

something else you could do to enhance your experience....do a build log of it and post it! it doesn't have to be a long drawn out thing...just a paragraph with pictures.....yes, yes.....a lot of pictures! give it some thought.....love to see your progress!

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4 years ago #6
Angel Rondon
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I read your post. I haved an original H399 in the box with all the sails. I don't know how old the kit is but from what I read it appears to be around 11 years old.

It was given to me a long time ago, never got around to building it. Might consider selling it.

you can reach me a <email> .

Is it really a collectors kit?????

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4 years ago #7
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Hi Angel,

the Cutty Sark isn't a rare kit a once thought. your kit is probably as old as mine. the original molds for her was made in 1959...this is when she first went into production. on the mid section of the deck, there is a stamp there, it gives you the date of the molds. mine has the 1959 stamp on it {I just looked} , but the instructions were revised in 1974. I'm pretty sure that around this time, the molds were redone also...can't confirm it though. so, yes, your kit is much older than you may think. if you keep an eye on e-bay, there is a pattern in which at some time or another, you will see an influx of Cutty sightings. I have always said that there is no need to hoard....there are so many kits out there, tucked away in closets and under beds, that even if model manufacturers disappeared tomorrow, there would be enough kits out there for years to come. I have been on the search for some sort of an appraisal guide. we get so many requests for the worth of model kits, it's astounding. here is a list of Revell 1:96 kits {the series, as I remember them}:

C.S.S. Alabama - quite rare - highest price I've seen is around $250.00

U.S.S. United States - quite rare - I built this kit back in the early 90's. I wanted to replace it and it took me until late last year to find one. I was lucky, the folks who sold it did not know what they had. I bought it for just under $50.00

U.S.S. Kersarge - extremely rare - if you did find this kit, you would probably pay anywhere from $300.00 to $400.00 for it {do not build it, it will be worth more later on}

Cutty Sark - not too rare - hoarders seem to have a handle on this one. availability fluctuates when folks need the money, for lack of a better reason. it can be found on e-bay, although I have seen it for sale for around $150.00 to $175.00

the Constitution - still available today. it's seems to be the only kit that Revell kept. I wish they would bring the others back. $79.99 - $89.99

the Spanish Galleon - extremely rare - haven't seen one since the 70's. this will be another high dollar kit, if you should find one.

there might be a couple others in there, but I can't remember them. they also had a car series that was quite large. I remember doing the Chevy Nomad, the ford Mustang, and the English Leather funny car.

I stand by my original advise....build it. have a great time doing it and know that you are building one of the finest kits that Revell put out. so, to answer your question....it is rare in the eye of the beholder.

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5 months ago #8
FredRatky
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Hi, I'm new to this site and building the 1/96 Revell Cutty Sark which I've had stored away for about 15 years. Just wondered if there are any recent posts, thanks for all the great info you have come up with so far. Can send pictures of progress (for want of a better term!).
Hope to hear from you, cheers.

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