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The Daring class was a class of eleven destroyers built for the Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Constructed after World War II, and entering service during the 1950s, eight ships were constructed for the RN, and three ships for the RAN. Two of the RN destroyers were subsequently sold to and served in the Peruvian Navy (MGP). A further eight ships were planned for the RN but were cancelled before construction commenced, while a fourth RAN vessel was begun but was cancelled before launch and broken up on the slipway. The Daring-class ships were both the largest and most heavily armed ships serving in Commonwealth navies to be classified as destroyers. They were also the last destroyers of the RN and RAN to possess guns as their main armament (instead of guided missiles), which saw use during the Indonesian Confrontation and the Vietnam War. The Daring-class destroyers were in service in the RN and RAN from the 1950s to the 1980s. Following decommissioning, two RN Darings were sold to Peru, which operated one ship until 1993 and the other until 2007. One ship of the class is preserved: HMAS Vampire as a museum ship at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

 Any service era or vessel configuration - We can build a model of them all - your pick.

PennantName    Completed or
into service
I05, later D119 Delight (ex-Disdain, ex-Ypres)         9 October 1953 9 October 1953  
I06 Danae (ex-Vimiera)         Cancelled 13 December 1945  
I15, later D05 Daring         8 March 1952 8 March 1952  
I35 Demon         Cancelled 13 December 1945  
I52, later D108 Dainty         26 February 1953 26 February 1953  
I73 Dervish         Cancelled 13 December 1945  
I40 Decoy         Cancelled 13 December 1945  
I45 Delight         Cancelled 13 December 1945  
I81, later D35 Diamond         21 February 1952 21 February 1952  
I87 Desperate         Cancelled 27 December 1945  
I19 Desire         Cancelled 13 December 1945  
I77 Diana         Cancelled 13 December 1945  
I47, later D114 Defender (ex-Dogstar)         5 December 1952 5 December 1952  
I56, later D106 Decoy (ex-Dragon)         28 April 1953 28 April 1953  
I26, later D126 Diana (ex-Druid)         29 March 1954 29 March 1954  
I94, later D154 Duchess         23 October 1952 23 October 1952  
Australian Daring-class destroyers
D11 Vampire         23 June 1959 23 June 1959  
D08 Vendetta         26 November 1958 26 November 1958  
D04 Voyager         12 February 1957 12 February 1957  
Waterhen         Cancelled 1954  


We offer our Daring Class Destroyer Models in sevceral popular size/scale offerings for easy ordering and selection.  However, if you would like your model made in a size other than those sizes listed, please contact us with your request. Custom orders are our specialty!

Our Destroyer models are made-to-order, meaning that we do not stock any pre-made models.  Only when a customer tells us the size and/or scale desired do we build the model. Each model is exquisitely crafted by our master model builders and comes fully assembled with a solid hull - hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany.  Other parts are made from a variety of woods, putty, resin and metals. Every model includes  pedestals, a polished mahogany base board, and a name plate.  Options include keel block mounting, waterline models, ships seals and ribbons, and weathering paint schemes.

The model build time is generally 24 weeks from receipt of the order and deposit. The normal procedure is a 50% deposit with the commissioning, with the balance due prior to shipping.  Note that prior to shipping, we take a series of photos of the model and send them to you for final review and approval – so you know exactly what your model will look like and allow for any necessary modifications. Once you have approved your model, we’ll collect the final balance and she will be shipped in a robust shipping crate and insured for your protection.

FREE SHIPPING in the USA - Note that our model prices include shipping and insurance within the USA.

Shipping costs outside the USA will depend on the model size ordered and shipping destination. You will be responsible for any applicable taxes or duties, based on the commercial invoice value for the model.

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Daring Class Destroyer Models


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