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Although Tri-ang were by no means the first company to produce a set of cast waterline ship models at or around the scale of 1:1200 – notable earlier ranges included Bassett-Lowke, Tremo and Dinky – the Tri-ang MINIC Ships range was arguably the most successful product range of its type after World War Two. As well as a wide range of nicely-painted models, the accessories ended up including harbours and pier sets and even a very small scale-sized whale, and the retailer accessories included a model representing the port of Dover, with white cliffs and tiny sets of 1:1200 train track, and even a tiny train.
These accurately detailed, 1:1200 scale waterline models were only available in the shops from about 1958 to 1964, and thus had a comparatively short life. However, from the collector’s point of view, production figures must have been high since, coupled with the factor of their comparatively low play value (they could not be raced like Dinky Toys) they have survived in reasonably large numbers in good condition.
Six sales catalogues were produced between 1959 and 1960 and are nowadays quite hard to find. No single catalogue shows the full range, since additions, deletions and alterations were regular occurrences.
- M701 RMS Caronia, 7"
- M702 RMS Queen Elizabeth, 10 5/16"
- M703 RMS Queen Mary, 10 3/16"
- M704 SS United States, 9 15/16"
- M705 RMS Acquitania
- M706 SS Nieuw Amsterdam
- M707 SS France
- M708 RMS Saxonia
- M709 RMS Ivernia
- M710 RMS Sylvania
- M711 RMS Carinthia
- M712 NS Savannah
- M713 SS Antilles
- M715 RMS Canberra
- M716 MS Post Brisbane
- M717 MS Port Aukland
- M718 RMS Amazon
- M719 RMS Arlanza
- M720 RMS Aragon
Miscellaneous Ships and Vessels:
- M721 HM Yacht Britannia
- M721H HM Yacht Britannia Hospital Ship
- M722 SS Isle of Jersey
- M723 SS Isle of Guernsey
- M724 Isle of Sark
- M726 Pilot Ship
- M727 Life Boat
- M728 PS Britannia
- M729 PS Bristol Queen
- M730 PS Cardiff Queen
- M731 Tug
- M732 SS Varicella (Oil Tanker)
- M733 TSS Vikingen (Whale Factory Ship)
- M734 Whale Chaser
- M735 Light-Vessel Sunk
- M736 Light-Vessel Shambles
- M737 Light-Vessel Cork
- M738 Light-Vessel Varne
- M739 Light-Vessel St. Gowan
- M741 HMS Vanguard
- M751 HMS Bulwark
- M752 HMS Centaur
- M753 HMS Albion
- M761 HMS Swiftsure
- M762 HMS Superb
- M771 HMS Daring
- M772 HMS Diana
- M773 HMS Dainty
- M774 HMS Decoy
- M770 HMS Aalamein
- M780 HMS Jutland
- M781 HMAS Anzac
- M782 HMAS Tobruk
Guided Missile Destroyers:
- M783 HMS Hampshire
- M784 Kent
- M785 Devonshire
- M786 London
- M787 HMS Vigilant
- M788 HMS Venus
- M789 HMS Virago
- M790 HMS Volage
- M791 HMS Whitby
- M792 HMS Torquay
- M793 HMS Blackpool
- M794 HMS Tenby
- M799 HMS Repton
- M800 HMS Dufton
- M801 HMS Ashton
- M802 HMS Calton
- M803 HMS Picton
- M804 HMS Sefton
- M805 HMS Upton
- M806 HMS Wiston
- M810 HM Tug Turmoil
- M817 HM Submarine A Class
- M818 HM Submarine A Class Reconstructed
Harbours, Accessories and Scenic Effects:
- M827 Breakwater, Straight
- M828 Breakwater, Angle left
- M828 Breakwater, Angle right
- M829 Breakwater, End
- M836 Quay Straight Section
- M837 Cranes Unit
- M838 Storage Tanks Unit
- M839 Customs Shed
- M840 Warehouse
- M841 Ocean Terminal
- M842 Swing Bridge, complete
- M843 Ocean Terminal Extension
- M844 Lock Gates (Pair)
- M846 Lifting Bridge, complete
- M847 Pier, Straight
- M848 Pier, Entrance
- M849 Pier Head
- M853 Factory
- M854 Tanker Wharf, Straight
- M855 Tanker Wharf, Berth
- M857 Sea Plastic 26"×26"
- M858 Sea Plastic 52"×52"
- M861 Life Boat Station complete (for use with M836, 847 or 849)
- M878 Lighthouse
- M880 Whale
- M882 Statue of Liberty
- M885 Floating Dock
1976: Second issue, "Hornby Minic"
"Minic Ships" were reintroduced in 1976 as Hornby-branded products, and these are known as the "second issues". They were painted in slightly different colours, had red plastic bases, and wheels were put on their undersides. They did not sell well and are not as collectable as the original "first" series. The range was limited to the Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, United States, Canberra, Vanguard and Bulwark, with some new models in the shape of the Missouri, Bismarck, Scharnhorst and Yamato.
Presentation sets were also produced, including some harbour parts and accessories. All second issues have "HONG KONG" stamped on the base.
1976 promotional text
... from a slightly anomalous page in the 1976 Hornby Railways "00" Scale Model Catalogue XXII:
Men O' War and Ships of State
- " ... a range of 1:1200 scale diecast warships and famous liners of the world.
- K.M. Bismark and Scharnhorst head out of port again on a raid into the North Sea; The Queen Elizabeth races across the Atlantic to capture the Blue Riband!
- Minic Ships are 1:1200 constant scale diecast replicas of these and other famous vessels. They are accurate waterline models decorated to represent each ship in the pride of its career. The main armament on each warship can be turned by slight finger pressure, cranes revolve – and every ship is mobile! Tiny "Glidewheels" inset into the waterline send each vessel "Sailing" over any smooth surfaces. If the ship is required as a static model for a diorama, the wheels can be unclipped and stored.
- There are diecast harbour accessories too, all to the same scale, all decorated and ready to use. Quays and piers simply slot together, with the dockside cranes, oil tanks, warehouses etc just clipping on top.
- Presentation Gift Sets with ships and harbours, individual vessels and harbour extension sets are all in the Minic range. "
- Triang Minic ships site (triangminicships.com)
- Triangs revisited (www.shipmodels.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk)
- Triang Minic Ships, forum discussion (modelboats.co.uk)
- Minic Ships launch artwork (flickr.com)
Pages in category ‘Minic Ships’
The following 35 pages are in this category, out of 35 total.
- HMHS Britannia, Royal yacht, hospital markings (Minic Ships)
- HMS Alamein (Minic Ships)
- HMS Bulwark aircraft carrier (Minic Ships)
- HMS Bulwark aircraft carrier (Minic Ships, second issue)
- HMS Centaur aircraft carrier (Minic Ships)
- HMS Jutland (Minic Ships)
- HMS Upton minesweeper (Minic Ships)
- HMS Vanguard battleship (Minic Ships)
- HMS Vanguard battleship (Minic Ships, second issue)
- HMS Wiston minesweeper (Minic Ships)
- HMY Britannia, Royal yacht (Minic Ships)
Media in category ‘Minic Ships’
The following 13 files are in this category, out of 13 total.
- Minic Ships (HornbyRailCat 1976).jpg 2,000 × 1,399; 771 KB
- MINIC Ships and packaging.jpg 2,200 × 1,467; 2.02 MB
- Minic Ships casting mark.jpg 1,600 × 1,600; 500 KB
- Minic Ships, 1976 logo.jpg 1,200 × 546; 57 KB
- Minic Ships, Build This Scale Harbour (MSLeaflet).jpg 1,200 × 841; 218 KB
- Minic ships.jpg 1,600 × 947; 329 KB
- Misc Ships, Vessels and Harbour Parts, Minic Ships (BLCat 1962).jpg 1,800 × 1,125; 695 KB
- Ocean Liners, Minic Ships (BLCat 1962).jpg 1,800 × 1,140; 652 KB
- Queen Elizabeth ocean liner set, box lid (Minic Ships M891).jpg 4,000 × 2,703; 3.11 MB
- RMS Queen Elizabeth Presentation Set, box end (Minic Ships M891).jpg 2,500 × 520; 420 KB
- Triang Minic Ships, logo.jpg 1,600 × 646; 89 KB
- Triang Minic Ships, packaging.jpg 1,600 × 804; 340 KB
- Warships, Minic Ships (BLCat 1962).jpg 1,800 × 1,142; 678 KB