HMS Alamein destroyer (Minic Ships 779)
HMS Alamein destroyer (Minic Ships 779)(i)
The model has a grey body and black director tower.
Triang Catalogue Number: M779
Tri-ang Minic produced identical models of the two Group 2 "Battle" Class destroyers HMS Alamein and HMS Jutland which were distinguished only by the model number and name marked on the underside.
1960 catalogue description:
M 779 H.M. BATTLE CLASS DESTROYERS ALAMEIN, M780 JUTLAND, M 781 ANZAC, M782 TOBRUK – Representative of a very large class which were designed originally for operations in the Pacific. They are about 3,250 tons. 379 feet in length and 40 feet in beam. Their armament varies but averages about 4-4.5 inch guns, 8-10 inch Torpedo tubes in addition to "squids". The last pair are units of the Royal Australian Navy. Length 3 13⁄16} inches (9.7 cm)
The original ship
The Minic Ships model of HMS Alamein is one of the Royal Navy's "Battle" Class destroyers all of which were named after famous historical battles.
The "Battle" Class destroyers comprised two distinct groups the eighteen "Group 1" ships, including the two Royal Australian Navy ships HMAS Anzac and HMAS Tobruk, being ordered in 1942 and the twenty six "Group 2" ships being ordered in 1943. Sixteen of the "Group 2" ships were cancelled at the end of the Second World War with the remaining ten ships being commissioned between 1946 and 1947.
HMS Alamein's commissioned period was 1947-1964.