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  1. Hi, Another recently arrived model to my workbench: HMS Daring Type 45 Destroyer from Cyber-hobby (1/700 scale) I already started to paint some parts of this model and I'm using the following WEM Colourcoats references: WEMCC M16 - Modern Royal Navy Deck Grey, Light WEMCC M01 - Modern Royal Navy Light Weatherwork Grey It's the same WEM references I used on my Type 23 Duke Frigate resin model I bought to WEM a few years ago. This time by the photos I've seen it seems the deck grey of the Type 45 Daring destroyers is a little bit darker than the deck grey of the Type 23 Duke Frigates. Am I using the correct WEM colour reference to paint to decks of my Type 45 Daring Destroyer? Thanks. Regards, Ayala Botto Facebook: "Ayala Botto Model Trains" http://www.facebook....100140160133220
  2. Well, this is new to me (maybe it was there for a long time), there is a photoetch set for Airfix Daring Class destroyer on Hobby Easy page. But with a price tag of 45€ it is not cheap. http://www.hobbyeasy.com/en/data/uasfkplovszfgnhdkgkc.html?t=1419505987
  3. Type 45 Daring Class Destroyer (Royal Navy), pcs by j22mdr
  4. Here's my Airfix Type 45 destroyer as HMS Dragon. This is my first modern warship (surface vessel) for at least 15 years or may be more. I used the WEM PE-set for it, repositioned the anchor according to information found here on britmodeller and put some crew members (L'arsenal resin) on board. This is all so tiny (I am more into 1/48 and 1/72 aircraft usally) But it was fun and I might do some more ships so I would appreciate any constructive comments, hints, tipps or anything you might consider worth pointing out - in order to improve the next model. I have to add that this one is a 'what if' and the bulk of the images is to be found in that section. I do not really know why but I 'had' to build it this way and in consequence had to invent a little story to go with it. Hope you don't mind finding this one in two categories. Ingo The Grey does not have this greenish tint to it - must be my lighting for the photograph.
  5. Hi, I left my usual field of aircraft modelling to build Airfix' Type 45 in 1/350. Not being familiar with RN ship colors I have a question or two about modern RN colors. First: I have here the suggested (Airfix) Humbrol 127 (hull, superstructures) and Tamiya's spray can TS-81, strangely called "Royal Light Grey" - don't know if they mean Royal Navy or Royal Air Force or whatever. Anyway it is a lot different from 127; a much 'warmer' grey more on the yellow side compared to 127. A bit like Light Aircraft Grey. Does anyone know if this is a suitable color for the Type45 vessels? Or is 127 the better choice? Or even none of them? Next: Same for the dark grey deck color - Humbrol 27, says Airfix. I'd be gratefull for any hints wether the spray can or the Humbrol colors can be used on the model or if they are all completely out of shade and I should go for something else - WEM colors for example (and if, what paints from that color range?) regards Ingo
  6. Been off but not out - here's my take on Airfix's pretty good kit of the Type 45. Used WEM PE set (very good value), Veteran Models CIWS and Harpoon launchers plus all the usual tweaks! Finished in WEM Light Weatherwork Grey and Modern Royal Navy Deck Grey (which is slightly green to my eye, but hey!) All pics courtesy of Farnborough IPMS website (Dr Flangemeister!) Really nice kit, nice decals, and this came out nicer than I expected. The only glaring miss for me was the four spines on the top of the SAMPSON dome. I also didn't reposition the starboard anchor which didn't particularly bother me. This has now been donated to a Royal Navy officer for eventual display in the ship's wardroom once the base has been tidied up! Something I'm quite proud of! Al
  7. Hi everyone, As the weather is cold and snowy outside, I have decided to make a start on my newly arrived Type 45 destroyer gift set from Airfix. Pictures will follow as the progress continues but so far I have completed stage 1 of this project by drilling the holes for the optional fit Harpoon missile launchers, refuelling probe and Phalanx guns which I will be installing.... I have added a poll to this thread to help me decide which ship to decal this as when the kit is closer to completion, so if everyone could pick an option, I would appreciate it.
  8. Airfix Launch Type 45 Destroyer on Royal Navy's HMS Dauntless 13 December 2012. Airfix, the UK's number one model kit brand, (owned by Hornby Hobbies Ltd) are this week releasing their new Royal Navy Type 45 HMS Daring model. The famous model kit brand has worked with the Royal Navy to design their new product, and will be launching it this week on board the sister ship, and one of the six in the class; HMS Dauntless whilst she's in Portsmouth. The Type 45 destroyers represent a significant increase in the air defence capability of the Royal Navy. All six magnificent warships will be in operation in 2013 and bring "stealth" technology to the Royal Navy. Image 1: Airfix's Ryan Maxwell presents their Type 45 destroyer to Commander Adrian Fryer, HMS Dauntless' Commanding Officer HMS Daring is the first of the Navy's six £1bn Type 45 destroyers and she was the first of class to deploy. In preparation, she conducted work-ups with an American Carrier battle Group back in 2010 and gone through a series of upgrade programmes to ensure she meets the high standards required for deploying RN units. Daring is designed to create a defensive shield around a task force - and troops ashore - protecting them from air attack. Image 2: (A50132) Airfix HMS Daring. RRP £59.99 Darrell Burge, Marketing Manager for Airfix said; "Working alongside the Royal Navy is always a great pleasure, and here with their co-operation we have created a fantastic model that will be desired by our many Airfix fans, and indeed those who are interested in anything the modern Royal Navy has in its fleet. Not only have we had the opportunity to develop a super accurate model, we've also worked closely with them to produce a superb booklet detailing the crew's duties whilst onboard." Commander Adrian Fryer, HMS Dauntless' Commanding Officer, said: "It's really nice to have been given one of these models for Dauntless. Hopefully the models will help spread the word about the capability of our Type 45 destroyers. As a kid I used to enjoy my Airfix models so this is great. I'm looking forward to when my son grows up and can make things like this himself." The new Airfix product is available to retailers this week, launching in stores next weekend (15/16th December). Airfix set will retail at £59.99, ages 8+ and includes 203 pieces, paints, glue and brushes. www.airfix.com.
  9. Type 45 Destroyer 1:350 Etch Set With the release of the Airfix 1:350 HMS Daring, Type 45 Destroyer it was pretty inevitable that White Ensign Models would release an etched set to detail and upgrade the kit. So it is that is exactly what they have done. Once again, like their Type 23 Frigate set, this is based on the etch in the fabulous resin kit that White Ensign released a couple of years ago, though it has be redesigned to fit the Airfix plastic. The single sheet measures 258mm x 77mm and contains just over 70 individual parts. As with many etch sets, some of the plastic parts of the kit will need to be modified to allow the etched parts to fit and replace the rather clunky plastic. First parts to be added are the replacement Harpoon launcher tube supports and their respective blast shields where the plastic launcher frames need to be removed first. On the bridge wings, two new lifebuoy chutes are added, whilst the foc’sle railings are fitted between the bridge superstructure and the breakwater. The foremast has replacement yardarms, each consisting of two or three parts, which are fitted to each corner of the mast, whilst new ECM antenna are attached to the mast sides. The mainmast has most of its detail removed and will be the most difficult surgery in the build, as the mast cross-section needs to be kept as square as possible. Once this is done the new antenna discs can be fitted along with the new dipoles between each disc. The kits hanger is quite nicely done, but really does deserve some extra detail, which is exactly what you get with this set. The catwalks have new railings, hanger overhead crane and aircraft refuelling hose for which a reel centre will need to be fashioned out of plastic rod. The two boat bays are fitted out with new platforms and associated vertical ladders, whilst the RHIBs have replacement cradles, self righting gear, seat backs and boat crane steadying frame. On the flightdeck there are two more lifebelt racks fitted to the superstructure, helicopter harpoon grid on the flightdeck, deck edge netting and four guarded vertical ladders to the hanger roof structure. There is also a nice looking hanger/flightdeck aircraft mover which will add some extra interest to a flightdeck scene. Since the ships have been in service, some have been modified for the fitment of several GPMG machine guns, for which research will be required to see where they have been fitted. The aircraft don’t get away without being added to and the Lynx receives new aerials for the tail boom, replacement stabiliser, main and tail rotors, the mains can be altered to form the folded blades which slot into their respective poles which are attached to the fuselage sides. If the tail is to be folded then it needs to be cut off at the fold joint and joined to the fuselage with the new fold bulkhead. The Merlin helicopter has the option of folded or spread blades without the need for any modification, there are also a pair of doublers giving the rotor head better realistic thickness. The rear fuselage strake is also replaced with etch and a new aerial is added to the lower boom. As with the Lynx the tail can be folded by cutting at the fold joint and fitted with a new bulkhead/hinge point. Conclusion This is another very nice set from White Ensign Models. Due to the very nature of the ship there aren’t a lot of bits and pieces to add to the basic kit, but there is enough in this set to add to the overall look of the finished model. The additional parts for the hanger and boat bays will certainly make them look a lot busier and authentic. Recommended https://www.whiteensignmodels.com/p/WEM+1350+Type+45+Destroyer+Airfix+PE+35166/15945/'> Review sample kindly provided be John at
  10. Type 45 Destroyer Airfix 1:350 The Type 45 destroyer project really began when the 8-nation NFR-90 frigate program fragmented into pieces. The USA and Canada elected not to pursue a modern frigate at all. Spain developed the 6,250t F100 AEGIS frigate, which it has now sold to Australia as the future Hobart Class. Holland and Germany developed the 5,700t F124 Sachsen/ LCF De Zeven Provincient Class air defence frigate. The UK, Italy, and France, meanwhile, embarked on the Horizon Class New Generation Common Frigate. In 1999, about 7 years after the initial requirement was floated, Britain dropped out of the NGCF project, citing a need for a larger ship, with wider air defence capabilities, and a British combat management system. Italy and France went on to order a total of 4 (2 each) 6,600t Horizon Class frigates. Plans originally called for 12 Type 45s. They would restore Britain's anti-air capability by replacing the 14 Type 42 destroyers, and supplement Britain's remaining Type 23 frigates given the Duke Class' limited ability to cope with the newest threats. In July 2000, Britain approved expenditure of GBP 5 billion, with a maximum acceptable cost of GBP 5.47 billion, to buy 6 Type 45 destroyers out of a planned class of 12. The first ship was expected to enter service in November 2007. Since then, the project has experienced significant cost increases and delays, leading to a full contract renegotiation in 2007. Even after that re-negotiation, Britain's 2008 Defence Equipment Report listed the overall program as 36 months behind schedule and GBP 989 million (almost $2 billion) over budget. At the same time, planned ship buys were cut. The 12-ship plan became 8 Type 45s in 2004. In June 2008, the British government declined its option on Daring Class ships #7 and 8. The British NAO's current forecast is GBP 6.46 billion for the 6 ships. As costs rose, and delays mounted HMS Daring's was formally handed over in December 2009, over 2 years later than planned. The ship was not delivered with all of its key systems tested and working, however, and did not even fire its main air defence weapon until May 2011, which makes for an arguable slippage of 3.5 years. Full capability for even this first ship of class may have to wait until 2014. HMS Daring is the first of the Navy's Type 45 destroyers and she was the first of class to deploy. In preparation she conducted work-ups with an American Carrier battle Group back in 2010 and gone through a series of upgrade programmes to ensure she met the high standards required for deploying RN units. Daring is designed to create a defensive shield around a task force - and troops ashore - protecting them from air attack. The ship was launched on a bitterly cold day at BAE Systems' yard in Scotstoun on the Clyde in February 2006. A new chapter in the history of the Royal Navy began 11 January 2012 when HMS Daring deployed for the first time. The Portsmouth-based warship - hailed by her commanding officer as "staggeringly capable" - set sail for a seven month deployment east of Suez safeguarding sea lanes and working with the UK's allies in the region. HMS Dauntless, the second of the T45 Destroyers, joined the Fleet in November 2010, shortly after being the first of class to fire the new Sea Viper missile. Since then she has proved her capability helping to "protect" the USS Carrier Battle Group in Exercise Saxon Warrior as the American units approached the UK in May. Reversing the tables she then crossed 'the pond' in company with the Russian Destroyer Admiral Chabanenko to take part in FRUKUS 2011 - the letters come from France, Russia, UK and US who make up the annual exercise. While in the US she took the opportunity to find the warmest waters easily reachable without having to go through Suez to test the resilience of the T45 systems in hotter water. HMS Dauntless is currently on deployment near Africa. HMS Diamond was launched on the Clyde in November 2007, the ship arrived in Portsmouth in the autumn of 2010 and was commissioned in the spring of 2011. Diamond was formally declared operational in the summer of 2011, since when her Ship's Company has undergone rigorous training before deploying to the Middle East for 6 months. HMS Dragon is the latest to be commissioned into the Fleet. She was launched 17 November 2008, and after successfully completing extensive trials, the destroyer was handed over to the Royal Navy and made her debut in Portsmouth in the late summer of 2011. Since then Dragon and her ship's company have been working flat out to prepare the destroyer for front-line operations with extensive training around the UK including testing her guns and other weapons and defensive systems. D36 Defender was launched onto the Clyde in October 2009, and completed initial contractor sea trials in November 2011. She completed 2nd sea trials in April 2012, handed over to the Royal Navy in July 2012 and she is expected to be declared operational early in 2013. The first construction block of D37 Duncan got 2010 started by being moved to berth in January. Duncan was formally launched in October 2010, and construction continues. First sea trials are scheduled for late 2012, and hand-over to the Royal Navy is expected by the end of 2013. The Model The gestation period for this kit seems to have taken a leaf out of the original ships builds, as modellers have been waiting, not always patiently, for this release. Well, she's finally here, the light grey styrene held resplendent in the large red box, on which there is a super representation of the lead ship at speed, almost steaming out of the box. The crests of all 6 ships are printed in the top right hand corner. The styrene fills the box and on initial inspection the moulding is very nicely done and whilst the five sprues are all held in one poly bag there doesn't appear to be any transportation damage. The main parts are held within really thick sprue runners, probably to prevent any warpage, and it seems to have worked as even the rather flimsy hull sides are pretty good when removed from the sprue. On closer inspection there are quite a few moulding pips, some of which are on the smaller parts, or in awkward places, such as the Lynx spread rotor head, between the pairs of blades and the propshaft intermediate support frames. There are a number of large ejector pin marks on some of the larger parts, but none of them will cause any real problems as Airfix seem to have thought about this and made sure that the majority are on the inside of assemblies. The only item on which they need filling is the interior of the extensive bridge, and then only if the modeller is sure that those viewing the completed model will be able to see through the bridge windows. On this example there is one part marred with what looks to be a styrene leak is the Ensign staff, (part 33E), which is also distorted, but it can easily be replaced with plastic or brass rod with the lamp fitting on top removed from the original part. The folded rotor parts, for both the Lynx HMA-8 and Merlin HMA-1 are a little clunky and it would have been nice to have had the upper and lower blades separate, or can be replaced with suitable brass etched parts. There is unfortunately a rather large error on the starboard hull side foreward. In comparison with photographs and the White Ensign Models resin kit; they are 8mm too low and 5mm too far forward, this will particularly noticeable with a waterline model as the black boot topping should not be straight, being higher at the bows than the stern. The anchor position sits almost on the boot topping rather than in it as it would have to be shown with this kit. The possible remedy is to fill in the current position and carefully mark and mill out using a Dremel type tool. Whilst we’re talking anchors, the bow position is also too low by about 2mm. but this would be almost impossible to change, and will probably not be that noticeable. The build itself starts with the modeller deciding whether to fit the optional fittings for the Refuelling probe, Harpoon missile launchers and blast deflectors along with the Vulcan Phalanx modules for which the marked holes in the main deck will need to be opened up. Since the main deck also has the superstructure shapes pre moulded, it may be an idea to paint the deck first. The interior of the hanger should also be pre-painted before the various external and internal "plates" are applied to their respective positions. The hanger floor will also need the supplied decal to be applied before the roof is glued into place. If the hanger door is to have its door in the open position there is plenty of scope to add extra detail to the interior if suitable reference photos can be found. The well detailed boat bays will also need some careful detail painting to bring out the lovely mouldings on the interiors, before they, the RIBS and handling cranes are fitted. The internal hanger sides are moulded as one with the rear radar mast sides. To this the front and rear plates are added followed by the aft engine exhaust, which is in one piece and looks like it has been slide moulded. Over the exhaust the two part cowling is fitted and attached to the top of the hanger roof. Continuing to move foreward the centre section/ECM mast is built up of four parts, the sides of which include the sides of the intake superstructure. The foreward superstructure, including the distinctive Samson radar mast is built up around the bridge structure along with the other bridge "plates". Back to the midships section the walkway around the foreward funnel structure and its respective supports is fitted. Back to the expansive bridge which has the various control consoles, captains seat pre-moulded is fitted with the large bridge windows, attached to its position forward of the Samson mast and the roof attached. The missile silo structure is next to be built up with each of its four sides fitted and the addition of the two, double rows of missile silo hatches. Last section of this part of the build is the foreward breakwater to which four fenders are fitted to the rear. Be careful of the ends of the breakwater as they are actually quite sharp. Once the main superstructures are built up, four bulkheads are applied to the underside of the main deck. These give additional strength, attachment points, and support to the hull sides. At this point the modeller will need to decide whether to have the boat bay hatches open or closed, as the closed doors are attached from the rear. The hull sides can then be carefully glued into position. There are two transoms, and depending on whether a waterline or full hull model is being built will decide which transom is to be used. If building a full hull model then the lower hull is glued in place, along with the separate bilge keels, stabilisers and the two part bulbous bow. Aft, the rudders, propshafts, main, intermediate supports, and propellers with their bosses are fitted. Turning the hull over the fun begins, with the fitting of all the finer details. These include the aft radar, big SAMSON dome on the mainmast top, SCOT domes, ECM system heads, navigation radars, optical sights, aerials, foremast yards on each corner of the mainmast, Satcom domes, liferafts, central ECM mast with its separate dipole aerials, flag staffs and anchors. A nice addition to the model is the inclusion of the two accommodation ladders, which, although looking slightly odd, in that they are stairs rather than slated steps, the reason for which becomes clear when they are posed closed and they form part of the radar deflecting structure. The weapon systems are then built up and added to their respective positions. These include the main 4.5 inch gun turret, made up of turret sides, top and the gun itself. The Oerlikon cannon consist of two parts to the mounting and the gun, the Vulcan Phalanx are made up of two mounting parts, with the gun/radar moulded as one then fitted to the mounting. The Harpoon missile launchers are built up with two, twin tubes with mounting stand which are attached together then fitted to the single piece blast deflector plate. Lastly either of the two helicopters can be built. Each consists of two fuselage sides, main and tail rotors, (spread or folded), with only the Merlin having the option of a folded tail. Both helicopters are well moulded with some fine window lines on the Merlin, but there is something not quite right with Lynx, in that it looks like it has double doors, with no windows on the starboard side and nothing at all on the port side, so it looks like some careful scribing is in order if it is to be used. The stand provided will do the job, but I think a custom stand or pedestals are really needed for a model of this stature. Decals The large decal sheet has standard decals for all ships, such as the warning/hazard rings for around the gun mountings and aerials, draft marks, full flightdeck markings, with the exception of the tie down rings, and other deck markings. Individual ships have their respective pennant numbers for the hull sides and stern, flightdeck identification letters, ships nameplates for the aft quarter positions, small ships crests for the forward bridge position and larger ones for each side of the forward funnel. There are slo the ships nameplates for each side of the stand. For those modellers wishing to build HMS Dragon as she was launched there is the large dragon marking for each side of the bows. All decals look remarkably thin and in good register. Conclusion As stated earlier, we've been waiting quite a while for this kit, and whilst it does have its faults, particularly the anchor positions, and if you can ignore them, I think it will build into a great model. It will be quite a sizable one too, building out to 436mm long and 80mm wide. I can recommend this kit to all fans of the RN or ships in general, or those who'd like to try something different as there's nothing too taxing in the build, just the standard careful detail painting and the making of a seascape if waterline models are your thing. I'm sure aftermarket companies will soon be releasing additional detail sets to add items that to my mind are essential, namely the railings and flightdeck netting. I really hope this sells well enough for Airfix to consider other RN ships in the future. Review sample courtesy of
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