Modeling by Tom Cleaver

Tom Hudner died today

by Tom Cleaver on November 14, 2017 in News -- 4 Comments

In 1969, then-Captain Hudner was ordered by Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, to go to bases where race riots had occurred, take testimony and institute reforms to “establish justice.” He was able to do this because he was […]

Preview: Airfix 1/48 P-51D

by Tom Cleaver on November 13, 2017 in Aviation -- 12 Comments

Kit arrived Friday, took five careful hours to assemble without filler. Done OOB other than used Tamiya decals from the “8th AF Aces” release to do Bud Anderson’s “Old Crow” ID stripes, invasion stripes, personal markings). They fit the kit […]

Getting Skyraiders right

by Tom Cleaver on November 3, 2017 in Automotive -- 25 Comments

One of the big problems for modelers building A-1 Skyraiders is that most of the time the model is under-weathered. A friend of mine who flew Skyraiders in Vietnam once told me that the major problem he had with most […]

Monogram F9F-5 and F9F-5P Panthers

by Tom Cleaver on November 1, 2017 in Uncategorized -- 23 Comments

Monogram’s Panther first appeared in 1990, the first 1/48 F9F in close to 35-40 years past the Aurora and Hawk kits. At the time, it was the best and most accurate kit of the Panther, and it is still the […]

Tommy McGuire’s last “Pudgy”

by Tom Cleaver on October 20, 2017 in Aviation -- 14 Comments

The Trumpeter P-38L done OOB with seatbelts, and Eagle Cals decals. (Last of thre P-38s for now, though there are two 1/48 kits in the stash) On Jan. 7, 1945, Tommy McGuire led a flight of four planes on an […]

Tom McGuire’s P-38H

by Tom Cleaver on October 19, 2017 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

Trumpeter P-38 with Jerry Rutman’s early P-38 conversion set. Had a friend up-size 1/48 personal markings to 1/32 for this. Hard to believe I did this 13 years ago, but there you go… Thomas Buchanan “Tommy” McGuire, Jr., was born […]

F-5E Photo Lightning

by Tom Cleaver on October 18, 2017 in Aviation -- 20 Comments

Trumpeter 1/32 P-38L with Jerry Rutman’s resin F-5E conversion. Here’s the best story I know about a photo-Lightning mission: The Loire River Death Ride of “Chili” Childress: One of the most hair‑raising missions ever flown by the 7th Photo Group […]

P-38 walkaround

by Tom Cleaver on October 18, 2017 in Aviation -- 6 Comments

Some photos taken 10+ years ago out at Planes of Fame of a P-3L in NMF. My mother always claimed that the first word I said was “airplane!” (opane!) as I pointed up at a P-38 flying over the park […]

OMG! Airfix announces 1/48 Blenheim IF for 2018!

by Tom Cleaver on October 13, 2017 in News -- 21 Comments To further ensure scale modelling immortality for this magnificent aircraft, we are excited to bring Workbench readers the exclusive news that a newly tooled example of the Bristol Blenheim Mk.IF will be taking its place in our ever popular […]

RIP John Alcorn

by Tom Cleaver on August 30, 2017 in News -- 13 Comments

Noted scratchbuilt modeler John Alcorn died this past Sunday of complications of Alzheimers and congestive heart failure. I first met John 45 years ago, when he walked into a meeting of Golden Gate IPMS in Berkeley, California, at the behest […]