S 760 Royal Navy Minesweeper Set

P 760 Sandown Class Minesweeper & P 765 Hunt Class MVMC


Length Height Weight Package
P 760 1.73 in (4.4 cm)
P 765 1.95 in (4.96 cm)
P 760 0.6 in (1.5 cm)
P 765 0.66 in (1.68 cm)
P 760 10 gm (0.35 oz)
P 765 10 gm (0.35 oz)
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This is the Tri-ang Minic Ships set of Royal Navy Minesweepers currently in service with the Royal Navy containing models of a Sandown Class Mine Hunter and a Hunt Class Mine Counter Measures Vessel.

Sandown Class Mine Hunters -

The Sandown Class Mine Hunters were ordered as a simple cost effective "Single Role Mine Hunter" to complement the Hunt Class MCMV. These vessels are designed for deep water and ocean operations unlike the Hunt Class which were designed for coastal and shallow water areas.

Like the Hunt Class they are constructed of Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) to reduce the magnetic signature of the vessel whilst being strong enough to withstand shock from explosions.

These vessels are not minesweepers and therefore do not destroy mines by sweeping with towed wire sweeps. They do have Clearance Divers on board to destroy mines identified by the sophisticated sonar and also carry two small unmanned submersible, known as the Remote Control Mine Disposal System (RCMDS), which can destroy underwater mines using explosives.

The models are marked on the underside with the Tri-ang Minic logo, the model number P 760, "Royal Navy Modern Edition", and the description "Sandown Class Mine Hunter".

Hunt Class Minesweepers -

The Hunt Class Minesweepers were ordered to replace the aging Ton Class vessels and were designed principally to work in coastal and shallow water areas such as the approaches to the River Clyde where many of Britain's nuclear submarines are based.

They are the largest warships ever constructed of Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) giving them the advantage of having a reduced magnetic signature whilst being strong enough to withstand shock from explosions. The ships are designed with noise reduction features to avoid accidentally triggering acoustic mines.

The Hunt Class Mine Countermeasure Vessels (MCMVs) combine the roles of minehunting and minesweeping and can neutralise mines using the following methods:

The Hunt Class also carry a small unmanned submersible, known as the Remote Control Mine Disposal System (RCMDS), which can destroy underwater mines using explosives.

Three Hunt Class vessels, Cottesmore, Brecon and Dulverton, were assigned to the Northern Ireland Squadron in 1998 to patrol the province's waterways and participate in counter terrorist operations in support of British Forces and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC).

The models are marked on the underside with the Tri-ang Minic logo, the model number P 765, "Royal Navy Modern Edition", and the description "Hunt Class Minesweeper".


Specifications - Sandown Class

Ships in Class: M 101 HMS Sandown
M 102 HMS Inverness
M 104 HMS Walney
M 105 HMS Bridport
M 106 HMS Penzance *
M 107 HMS Pembroke *
M 108 HMS Grimsby *
M 109 HMS Bangor *
M 110 HMS Ramsey
M 111 HMS Blyth
M 112 HMS Shoreham
Builders: Vosper Thornycroft, Woolston
Launched: Between 1988 and 2001
Commissioned: Between 1989 and 2002
Displacement: 484 tons Full Load
Length (OA): 172 ft 2 in ( 52.5 m )
Beam: 34 ft 5 in ( 10.5 m )
Draft: 7 ft 6 in ( 2.3 m )
Armament: 1 x 30 mm DES/MSI 30B single mount forward 
Countermeasures: 2 x Barricade Mk 3
2 x PAP 104 Mk 5
Propulsion: 2 Paxman Valenta 6RP200E Diesels 1523 hp
Maximum Speed: 13 knots
Complement: 34 Ships Officers & Crew
Disposal: In service
(Statistical information from Jane's Fighting Ships 2003 Edition)

Specifications - Hunt Class

Ships in Class:

M 29 HMS Brecon
M 30 HMS Ledbury
M 31 HMS Cattistock
M 32 HMS Cottesmore
M 33 HMS Brocklesbury *
M 34 HMS Middleton *
M 35 HMS Dulverton *
M 36 HMS Bicester *
M 37 HMS Chiddington
M 38 HMS Atherstone
M 39 HMS Hurworth
M 41 HMS Quorn
Builders: Vosper Thornycroft, Woolston
Launched: Between 1978 and 1988
Commissioned: Between 1980 and 1989
Displacement: 750 tons Full Load
Length (OA): 187 ft ( 57.0 m )
Beam: 32 ft 9 in ( 10.0 m )
Draft: 11 ft 2 in ( 3.4 m )
Armament: 1 x 30 mm DES/MSI 30B single mount forward 
2 x 20 mm Oerlikon / BMARC anti-aircraft guns
Countermeasures: 2 x Barricade Mk 3
2 x Irvin Replica RF
Propulsion: 2 Rushton Paxton Deltic 9-59K Diesels 1900 hp
1 Rushton Paxton Diesel 9-55B Diesel 780 hp
Maximum Speed: 15 knots
Complement: 45 Ships Officers & Crew
Disposal: In service
(Statistical information from Jane's Fighting Ships 2003 Edition)

Photograph of HMS Sandown - Courtesy Royal Navy


Photograph of HMS Hurworth - Courtesy Royal Navy


Further details of the actual ships can be obtained from the following links -
Wikipedia - RN Sandown Class Minehunters http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandown_class_minehunter
Wikipedia - RN Hunt Class Minesweepers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunt_class_mine_countermeasures_vessel
The Royal Navy Post War Web Site http://www.btinternet.com/~warship/Today/sandown.htm
The Royal Navy Post War Web Site http://www.btinternet.com/~warship/Today/hunt.htm
The Haze Gray & Underway Web Site http://www.hazegray.org/worldnav/europe/uk.htm#6