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1/48 AMG Hawker Sea Fury prototype

by Tom Cleaver on March 24, 2017 in Aviation -- 6 Comments

Following up on the previous article, the Sea Hawk’s predecessor: Had the Hawker Sea Fury arrived on the scene one year earlier than it did, its place in history would not be assured by its technical excellence but rather by […]

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148 Trumpeter Hawker Sea Hawk FGA 6

by Tom Cleaver on March 24, 2017 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

A review from 2007: The Hawker Sea Hawk was the first completely successful British jet-powered carrier fighter. It was roughly equivalent to the U.S. Grumman F9F Panther, with which it shared a powerplant – the very successful Nene centrifugal turbojet […]

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Another Bill Bosworth Masterpiece – 1/48 Sikorsky S-40 (scratchbuilt)

by Tom Cleaver on March 22, 2017 in Aviation -- 18 Comments

Whoops – it’s 1/48! Still has a 32-inch wingspan For those who don’t know what the S.40 was: Sikorsky designed the S-40 in response to a request from Juan Trippe, president of Pan American Airways, for a larger passenger carrying […]

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ProModeler (Monogram) PBY-5A

by Tom Cleaver on March 16, 2017 in Uncategorized -- 17 Comments

I’m posting this old (2005) review from Modeling Madness as encouragement for the Midway Group Build. With more than 4,000 of all versions produced over eight years, the Consolidated PBY Catalina easily qualifies as the world’s most successful flying boat. […]

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AMG 1/48 Bf-109A

by Tom Cleaver on March 3, 2017 in Aviation -- 14 Comments

Messerschmitt began work in 1933 on a four passenger light “sporting aircraft” of cantilever low wing monoplane design, with retractable landing gear. The BFW M.37 was completed in the spring of 1934. Later redesignated Bf 108 Taifun (“Typhoon”), it was […]

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1/48 Eduard Bf-109F-2 – Hannes Trautloft

by Tom Cleaver on February 19, 2017 in Aviation -- 19 Comments

Hannes Trautloft and JG 54 Born March 3, 1912, Johannes “Hannes” Trautloft was among the pilots given special fighter training before the Luftwaffe was revealed. He started flight training in April 1931 at the Deutsche Verkehrfliegerschule (German Air Transport School) […]

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Special Hobby 1/32 Yak-3 “Normandie-Niemen”

by Tom Cleaver on February 12, 2017 in Aviation -- 10 Comments

The Yakovlev Yak-3 is commonly considered the best sub-type of the wartime Yakovlev fighter series that began with the Yak-1. The Yak-3 was one of the smallest and lightest major combat fighters fielded by any combatant; its high power-to-weight ratio […]

The Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Made

by Tom Cleaver on February 7, 2017 in Uncategorized -- 8 Comments

Go over to YouTube and type in “the coolest thing I ever made.” It’s a series. I’m pretty sure everyone here will relate to any of the people in any of the episodes. This is the one that really rang […]

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A new modeler joins the club

by Tom Cleaver on February 5, 2017 in Uncategorized -- 11 Comments

Grand(est) nephew Nathan has completed the first model he assembled himself – a space shuttle. My birthday present to him. He picked it out himself at the Planes of Fame gift shop yesterday.

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The newest airplane nut meets Steve Hinton

by Tom Cleaver on February 4, 2017 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

Grand nephew Nathan Elster, who really likes Planes of Fame Air Museum,spent his 8th birthday watching Steve Hinton fly the museum’s P-38, and then he got to meet Steve. He also liked the new P-40M/Kittyhawk III restoration