Modeling by Tom Cleaver


Tamiya 1/48 Corsair IV

by Tom Cleaver on October 16, 2016 in Aviation -- 19 Comments

The Fleet Air Arm was interested in the Corsair as soon as they heard about it, and began receiving Corsairs under Lend-Lease in 1943. At a time when the U.S. Navy was declaring the Corsair unsuitable for operations aboard an […]


A few First Editions left

by Tom Cleaver on October 8, 2016 in Uncategorized -- 13 Comments

Frozen Chosen has sold out its First Edition in 60 days. Something new for me, the publisher is very happy. The Second Edition will be twice that. I have 10 copies left of the First Edition. If you would like […]


Seafire III – The Last Day of World War II

by Tom Cleaver on October 2, 2016 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

The Last Day of World War II: The first quarter moon hung in the western sky gleaming dimly through scattered clouds over the Pacific; the moonlight was sufficient to illuminate the many wakes of the huge formation of ships below. […]


Kitty Hawk 1/32 Vought OS2U-3 Kingfisher

by Tom Cleaver on September 17, 2016 in Aviation -- 20 Comments

Designed in 1937 by Rex Beisel to meet a requirement for a shipboard observation seaplane to replace the venerable Curtiss SOC Seagull, the Kingfisher was the first of Vought’s aircraft to feature spot welding of the aaluminum skin, which would […]


Second attempot on the Airfix 1/48 Meteor F. Mk. 8

by Tom Cleaver on September 4, 2016 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

Second attempt. A better result, having discovered the mine fields the hard way the first venture down the trail. The secret to the Meteor is: glue the nose cap halves to their respective fuselage halves before further assembly, to get […]


Hasegawa 1/48 Airacobra I/P-400

by Tom Cleaver on August 28, 2016 in Aviation -- 6 Comments

The Airacobra I was an export version of the P-39 very similar to the P-39D, other than the 37mm Oldmobile cannon was exchanged for a 20mm Oerlikon. The Airacobra I went operational with 610 Squadron in the fall of 1941, […]


Revell 1/32 Ar-196A-3

by Tom Cleaver on August 26, 2016 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

Done a couple years ago when the kit was first released, but I’ll put it up as encouragement for the Water Wings project.


Submarine Lifeguards now available

by Tom Cleaver on August 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

Eric Hammel at Pacifica Books is publishing short titles for e-books on sale at Amazon for a very nice price. This is the first of mine. Exciting tales of derring-do!


RIP Ed Maloney, 1928-2016

by Tom Cleaver on August 20, 2016 in News -- 4 Comments

My friend Ed Maloney died yesterday afternoon of complications from heart problems. Very few people can say that they changed things single-handedly, but Ed Maloney did. As everyone at every air museum around the world I have ever spoken to […]


75 years ago today

by Tom Cleaver on August 17, 2016 in Aviation -- 10 Comments

75 years ago today, RCAF Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee landed from his first flight in a Spitfire. He went to his barracks and wrote “High Flight,” the greatest poem of flight ever written. When I was in 8th grade, […]