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Generic Modular Cutter
Mod-Cutter-WH-Keith-MT-Imp-Encyclo-Pg-35 03-July-2018a.jpg
A typical modular cutter design.
Type: UMC Modular Cutter
Category Smallcraft
Size 50 Tons
Hull Configuration Cylinder Hull
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–12
Computer Model/1 Flt
Jump J-0
Maneuver 4 G
Hardpoints 2
Staterooms 0
Crew 2
    Officers 2
High/Mid Passengers 0
Cargo 30.0 Tons
Fuel tank 0 Tons
Origin Third Imperium
Manufacturer Ling-Standard Products
Year Operational Unknown
End of Service Still in active service.
Cost MCr28
Architect fee MCrMarc Miller
Quick Ship Profile UMC-5S40
Blueprint Yes
Illustration Yes
Also see Utility Craft - Smallcraft - Modular Ship
Canon Published, fan design
Era 1105
Reference Starships 18.
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard generation.

The Modular Cutter uses a 50-ton hull, is capable of 4-G, carries two tons of fuel, and has a crew of two. [1]

Description (Specifications)[edit]

It has 30 tons committed to special detachable modules; it has 2.5 tons of excess space available for weaponry, computer, and maybe a couch for a third crewmember. The cutter may mount up to two lasers; remaining weapons must be missile racks or sandcasters. The cutter, without any modules, typically costs MCr28. [1]

The Cutter displaces 50 tons, carries up to 12 passengers, and is capable of accelerations of up to 4-Gs. Cargo hold capacity and fuel tankage each equal 15.0 tons. Standard armament is one beam laser.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A stock Modular Cutter image by a famous starcraft artist.
    Mod-Cutter-WH-Keith-MT-Imp-Encyclo-Pg-35 03-July-2018a.jpg
  2. A Modular Cutter coming in for a docking to a mothership.
    Type-C-Merc-Cruiser-WH-Keith-CT 14-May-2019a.jpg
  3. A Modular Cutter exiting the hangar of a Type C class Mercenary Cruiser.
    MODULAR-CUTTER-docking-CT-Fighting-Ships-Pg-21 06-Sept-2018b.jpg
  4. A Broadsword-class exiting an atmosphere with a modular cutter.
    Broadsword-class SGK-03-Jae-Stewart 10-June-2019a.png
  5. A Broadsword class Mercenary Cruiser with a Modular Cutter in orbit over a blue world.
    Broadswordnear world by Shawn-Driscoll 01-May-2019a.png
  6. A Broadsword-class deploying a Modular Cutter with a standard cargo module.
    Broadsword-near world by shawndriscoll-dbbij3b (1).png

General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

No information yet available.

Basic Ship Characteristics[edit]

Following the Imperial Navy and IISS Universal Ship Profile and data, additional information is presented in the format shown here. The small craft factor indicates the number of squadrons (of ten craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) when necessary. [3]

Basic Ship Characteristics [4]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage / Hull 50-tons. Streamlined Cylinder Hull with Modular Ship technology.
2. Crew x2 crew.
3. Performance Propulsion:
4. Electronics Model/1 fib ship computer.
5. Hardpoints x1 hardpoints.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
7. Defenses A small Electronics Defensive Suite is normally equipped.
8. Craft None.
9. Fuel Treatment None.
10. Cost MCr28.02
11. Construction Time 6 months to build, 3 months in quantity.
12. Remarks Other Equipment:

Selected Cutter Modules[edit]

Three modules are routinely available for the cutter:

  • The ATV Module, which includes either a wheeled or a tracked ATV, masses thirty tons. It can deposit an ATV on a world surface, as well as pick it up again later. The module can serve as an ATV storage location, if desired. It typically costs MCr1.8.
  • The Fuel Module, with 30 tons of fuel tankage, serves as a fuel skimming vehicle and can be used to ferry fuel from point to point. It costs MCr1.
  • The Open Module is a customizable frame with 30 tons of excess space which can be allocated to passenger couches, fuel, cargo, cabins or staterooms. It typically costs MCr2. [1]

Most Common Standardized Smallcraft Types[edit]


  1. Cutter (50-ton)
  2. Fighter (10-ton)
  3. Launch (20-ton)
  4. Pinnace (40-ton)
  5. Ship's Boat (30-ton)
  6. Shuttle (95-ton)
  7. Slow Boat (30-ton)
  8. Slow Pinnace (40-ton)

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Cutter was one of the first smallcraft to be purposefully built with modular components. This makes them easily repairable with spare parts and components that are widely available. It is purposefully built to accommodate parts of higher or lower end technologies. It has become one of the eight most popular and commonly encountered smallcraft designs found within Charted Space. [5]

The Modular Cutter is known more simply as the Cutter in many records. Before the First Civil War, most cutters lacked most of the modular features now inherent to the contemporary modular cutter. Naval Architects on the Imperial Fringe had begun create innovations on the basic design, which later resulted in today's Modular Cutter. By 622 IC, the new "modular cutter" designs had spread throughout Imperial Space and beyond. [6]

Some believe that Ling-Standard Products originated the designs although there isn't a consensus to this assertion. Regardless, LSP Modular Cutter designs remain popular on the smallcraft market and LSP advertises them as such. [7]

Cutter the Smallcraft vs. Cutter, the Escort[edit]

The term cutter has a lot of history... At one time in history, especially history, cutter meant a small ship, something that could be sailed across seas, a sort of analogue to a corvette or frigate. It also concurrently meant a small away craft, a sort of boat. In the Charted Space of contemporary times, cutter most often means a smallcraft, which is to say a small vessel between one and ninety-nine tons in displacement. However, occasionally the other meaning of the word is used for an Adventure Class Ship (ACS) between one hundred and 2,499 tons in displacement. Rarely is a craft called a cutter that is larger. [8]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

Vessel Peculiarities: Cutters are ubiquitous throughout Charted Space and the modular cutter has gradually come to replace the original non-modular cutter. [9]

Class Naming Practice/s: They serve every possible function and are named with many different schemes from the names of famous merchant marine officers to naval officers to manufacturing planet of origin... And more... Some of the earliest modular cutters were named after minerals such as diamonds, metals, etc. There are so many of them flying that its hard to imagine a naming scheme that hasn't been used for them before. [10]

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Civilian Ship - Smallcraft - Utility Craft - Cutter:

  1. Type UMC class Cutter
    1. Apollo class Runabout
    2. Diamond class Modular Cutter
    3. Garrag class Modular Cutter
    4. Generic Modular Cutter
    5. GX class III Modular Cutter
    6. Inthe class Modular Cutter
    7. Lushina class Fast Cutter
    8. Mineral class Cutter
    9. Mule class Modular Cutter
    10. Seragh class Cutter

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Marc Miller. Starships (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 18.
  2. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  3. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  4. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  5. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  6. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  7. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  8. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  9. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  10. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak