Cyber-Hobby continues to keep atop the crest of the wave of new 1/700 ship kits with a brand new release. Replete with all-new toolings comes HMS Daring (Item No. 7093), a Type 45 destroyer of the Royal Navy (RN). HMS Daring is the lead ship of this new Type 45 class of air defense destroyer, and it only entered RN service as recently as July 2009. Interestingly, this is the UK’s first new destroyer class since the 1970s, so it represents a big step forward in technology and capability.
A total of six destroyers are to be constructed in total. Utilizing a streamlined stealth design, its main weapon systems include the PAAMS/Sea Viper air defense missile system, Sea Skua anti-ship missiles, RGM-84 Harpoon missiles, Sting Ray torpedoes, Oerlikon 30mm guns, Phalanx CIWS and a 4.5-inch Mk 8 Mod 1 gun. HMS Daring is home-ported at Portsmouth.
Such a capable warship requires an equally remarkable model equivalent, and Cyber-Hobby has kindly obliged. As a new kit, all parts are formed from brand new molds created by the very latest in technological and engineering design.
The 1/700 scale ship is reproduced in full detail, and the stealthy exterior is accurately proportioned. The enclosed radar tower is a sophisticated item, with the various antennas extending from it at the correct angles.
Lethal weapon systems like the 4.5-inch gun and air defense system are also supplied in remarkable detail. Modelers will appreciate the level of detail found in this stunning ship kit, and when it is compared to the previously released Type 42 destroyer kit, the advances in design are obvious. HMS Daring goes a long way to modernizing the RN fleet, and the kit version of this modern and powerful destroyer does the same for the Cyber-Hobby series!