HMS Vanguard battleship (Minic Ships 741)
HMS Vanguard battleship (Minic Ships 741)(i)
The model has a grey body and black details.
Triang Catalogue Number: M741
1960 catalogue description:
M 741 H.M.S. VANGUARD – 51,400 tons, full load displacement, 814' long. She is the only British Battleship left and the largest ever built for the Royal Navy. She has a main armament of 8-15" guns and 16-5.25". Her speed is 29½ knots and she is one of the finest looking warships ever built. Length 8½ in. (20.6 cms)
The original ship
The HMS Vanguard was the last and most powerful British battleship, laid down during the Second World War but not completed and commissioned until 1946. After the Second World War, the battleship concept ... in which expensive heavily-armoured ships bristling with guns fired at each other until one sank ... began to become considered outdated. It was considered more sensible to build smaller less expensive ships, and larger more expensive aircraft carriers with more flexible equipment and more high-tech defences which could act as a base of operations, and engage indirectly (from a safer distance) via their aircraft and missiles.
HMS Vanguard's commissioned period was 1946-1960.