This is the Tri-ang Minic Ships model of HMS Dainty one of the proposed sixteen ship "Daring" Class of destroyers ordered under the Second World War construction plan. Eight ships were cancelled after the cessation of hostilities with the other eight being laid down between 1945 and 1947 and commissioned between 1952 and 1954.
The "Daring" Class were an expansion and merging of the "Weapon" and "Battle" class designs with increased armament. They were the largest destroyers built for the Royal Navy and were all fitted as flotilla leaders with accommodation for command staff.
All of the ships in this class underwent a number of refits during which the two "Pentad" five tube torpedo mounts, one between the funnels and one aft of the rear funnel, were removed and replaced with deck houses for extra mess accommodations.
The forward funnel is missing on the models but on the actual ships is hidden by the lattice mast.
The "Pentad" torpedo mounts can be seen clearly on photographs in the Jane's Fighting Ships 1952 - 53 Edition.
Tri-ang Minic produced identical models of four "Daring" Class destroyers HMS Daring, HMS Dainty, HMS Diana and HMS Decoy. The individual models are distinguished only by the model number and name marked on the underside.
|Builder:||J Samuel White & Co Ltd, Cowes|
|Laid Down:||17th December 1945|
|Launched:||16th August 1950|
|Commissioned:||26th February 1953|
|Displacement:||3,600 tons Full Load|
|Length (OA):||390 ft ( 118.9 m )|
|Beam:||43 ft ( 13.1 m )|
|Draft:||12 ft 9 in ( 3.9 m )|
6 x 4.5" main guns in three twin turrets - 2 forward & 1 aft
6 x 40 mm twin mount Bofors anti-aircraft guns
|Propulsion:||2 Foster Wheeler boilers, 2 Parsons double reduction geared turbines, 2 shafts, 54,000 shp|
|Maximum Speed:||30.5 knots|
|Disposal:||1st January 1971 scrapped at Cairnryan|
|Further details can be obtained from the following linkss -|
|The Royal Navy Postwar Web Site||http://www.btinternet.com/~warship/Postwar/Destroyers/daring.htm|