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M909 Francois Bovesse - custom model
* available in low or hi key color scheme *

Scale 1:120 / 19"
Price: $1599

1/3 deposit $533

Scale 1:84 / 27"
Price: $1899

1/3 deposit $633

Scale 1:60 / 38"
Price: $2199

1/3 deposit $733

We'll contact you for preferences after you order.

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Other Minesweeper - custom model
* replicated as to your ship and circa *

Scale 1:120 ~19"
Price: $1899

1/3 deposit $633

Scale 1:84 ~27"
Price: $2199

1/3 deposit $733

Scale 1:60 ~38"
Price: $2499

1/3 deposit $833

We'll contact you for details after you order.
Fully assembled museum quality wooden desk-top display models custom built as to your designated circa including flagging and personalized brass plate.

M909 "Francois Bovesse", ex-AM-516

The model is of the Belgian Mine Hunter (MHSO) M909. Authorized as AM-516, an Acme Class minesweeper, she was reclassified as Ocean Minesweeper designated MSO-516 on February 7, 1955.

Laid down April 1, 1955 by the Tampa Marine in Florida, she was launched February 8, 1956, completed December 21, 1956 and transferred to Belgium as Francois Bovesse (M 909) on January 2, 1957. She was converted to a Mine Hunter (MHSO) in 1976.

During Operation Earnest Will in 1987-88, which was designed to escort oil tankers that had been re-flagged as belonging to Kuwait, Francois Bovesse was one of eight minesweepers deployed to the Persian Gulf.  The other ships were MSO-437 USS Enhance. MSO-438 USS Esteem, MSO-442 USS Fearless, MSO-448 USS Illusive, MSO-456 USS Inflict, MSO-488 USS Conquest and M906 Breydel (Belgian Navy) The crews performed extremely well in very demanding conditions and cleared hundreds of mines from the international waterway.

Retired from service in 1993, Francois Bovesse currently rests in the Belgium Navy port of Zeebrugge and is up for bid - possibly to be scrapped.

Acme Class specifications

Length 190 ft
Beam   36 ft
Draught   12 ft
Displaced 934 tons
Propulsion 2 General Motors V-8 diesels, 2700shp, 2 shafts
Speed 15 knots
Crew 81
Armament One 40mm Bofors and
two .50 caliber machine guns

Other Configuration for M909

Model comes with brass plate (not shown)

MSO Ocean Minesweepers

A total of 102 ships (in 12 classes) were built (65 for the USN, 36 for foreign governments, 1 cancelled).
10 ex-USN ships were transferred to foreign Navies.
All ships 171' - 173' except Ability Class (190')

Hull / Ship Name Class

Com.

Upgrade Fate
MS0-421 USS Agile

Agile

1956

Partially Disposed 1979, scrapped
MS0-422 to MS0-427

Aggressive - featured on different page

MS0-428USS Dash

Dash

1953

Partially

Disposed 1983, scrapped
MS0-429 USS Detector

Dash

1954

Partially

Disposed 1983, scrapped
MS0-430 USS Direct

Dash

1954

-

Disposed 1983, scrapped
MS0-431 USS Dominant

Dash

1954

Partially

Disposed 1983, scrapped
MS0-432 to MS0-449

Aggressive - featured on different page

MS0-450> M613 Berneval

AM450 (France)

1954

-

Struck 1987
MS0-451> M614 Bir Hacheim

AM450 (France)

1954

-

To Uruguay 1970, MS33 Maldonado, scrapped
MS0-452> M617 Garigliano

AM450 (France)

1954

-

Disposed of as target 1996
MS0-453> M612 Alencon

AM450 (France)

1954

-

Struck 1983, ship cemetery Landevennec, France
MS0-454> M616 Dompaire

AM450 (France)

1954

-

Disposed 1986
MS0-455 to MS0-474

Aggressive - featured on different page

MS0-475>M618 My Tho

AM450 (France)

1954

-

Disposed 1989
MS0-476>M615 Can Tho

AM450 (France)

1955

-

Converted to A769 in 1976
MS0-477>M619 Vinh Long

AM450 (France)

1955

-

Scrapped 1992
MS0-478>M415 Sao Jorge

AM478 (Portugal)

1955

-

Discarded 1973
MS0-479>M416 Pico

AM478 (Portugal)

1955

-

1974 to Belgium for parts, in Ostend Harbor
MS0-480> M884 Onversaagd

AM480 (Netherlands)

1954

-

1966 reclassified A854, hydrographic ship 1979
MS0-481> M885 Onbevreesd

AM480 (Netherlands)

1954

-

1966 reclassified A855, scrapped
MS0-482> M886 Onverschrokken

AM480 (Netherlands)

1955

-

1966 reclassified A858, scrapped
MS0-483> M887 Onvermoeid

AM480 (Netherlands)

1954

-

Mercuur Museum, Holland
MS0-484> M888 Onvervaard

AM480 (Netherlands)

1955

-

1966 reclassified A857, scrapped
MS0-485> M889 Onverdroten

AM480 (Netherlands)

1954

-

1966 reclassified A859, scrapped
MS0-486> M417 Graciosa

AM478 (Portugal)

1955

-

Discarded 1973
MS0-487> M418 Corvo

AM478 (Portugal)

1955

-

Discarded 1973
MSO-488 to MSO-497

Aggressive - featured on different page

MS0-498> M950 Lagen

AM498 (Norway)

1955

-

1966 to Belgium as M903, converted to MHSO

MS0-499> M951 Namsen

AM498 (Norway)

1955

-

1966 to Belgium as M904,converted to MHSO
MS0-500> M620 Berlaimont

AM450 (France)

1956

-

Struck 1989
MS0-501> M621 Origny

AM450 (France)

1956

-

Renumbered A640 in 1961, disposed 1985
MS0-502> M622 Autun

AM450 (France)

1956

-

Disposed 1985, scrapped
MSO-503 >M907 Artevelde

AM503 (Belgium)

1956

-

Removed from duty 1985, scrapped
MSO-504> M906 Breydel

AM503 (Belgium)

1956

-

1976 converted to MHSO, moored Antwerp
MS0-505> M623 Baccarat

AM505 (France)

1956

-

Struck 1993, ship cemetery Landevennec, France
MS0-506> M5431 Storione

AM506 (Italy)

1956

-

Converted for offshore patrol duty, struck 1993
MS0-507> M5430 Salmone

AM506 (Italy)

1956

-

Struck 1996
MS0-508 USS Acme

Acme

1956

Partially

Sold to O. Edwards, Capistrano Beach, CA 1977
MS0-509 USS Adroit Acme

1957

Partially

Disposed 1994, scrapped
MS0-510 USS Advance

Acme

1958

Partially

Sold to O. Edwards, Capistrano Beach, CA 1977
MS0-511 USS Affray

Acme

1958

Partially

Disposed 2000, scrapped
MS0-512> M609 Narvik

Acme (France)

1956

-

Renumbered A769 in 1976, struck 1989
MS0-513> M610 Ouistreham

Acme (France)

1956

-

Converted>A640 in 1962, in French ship cemetery
MS0-514> M624 Colmar

Acme (France)

1957

-

Disposed 1985, scrapped
MS0-515> M908 Truffaut

Acme (Belgium)

1956

-

1976 converted to MHSO, in Zeebrugge, Belgium
MS0-516> M909 Francois Bovesse

Acme
 (Belgium)

1957

-

1976 converted to MHSO, in Zeebrugge, Belgium
MS0-517> M5432 Sgombro

Acme (Italy)

1957

-

Decommissioned, 2000
MS0-518> M5433 Squalo

Acme (Italy)

1957

-

Converted for offshore patrol1992-3 (Active)
MS0-519 USS Ability

Ability Class

1958

-

Disposed 1971, scrapped
MS0-520 USS Alacrity

Ability Class

1958

-

Disposed 1978, scrapped
MS0-521 USS Assurance

Ability Class

1958

-

Disposed 1978, scrapped
MS0-522>M902 Van Haverbeke

Ability Class

1960

-

Converted to MHSO in 1975, scrapped
MSO-523 to MSO-538

cancelled

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