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Airfix 1/48 P-40B/C Tomahawk II

by Tom Cleaver on December 1, 2016 in Reviews -- 14 Comments

Erik Shilling – The Tiger’s Tiger: It was hot on Don Muang Airport outside Bangkok on December 10, 1941, as the humidity increased with the rising tropic sun. The crews of the 60th, 62nd and 98th Sentais sweated to ready […]

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Airfix 1/48 P-40B – some background notes in review

by Tom Cleaver on November 22, 2016 in Reviews -- 27 Comments

It’s likely everyone will be doing this kit soon, so here are some notes on construction and some detail information on AVG airplanes. As the four assembly photos demonstrate, if you take care in assembly, you will not use any […]

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RIP: Bob Hoover

by Tom Cleaver on October 25, 2016 in Aviation -- 14 Comments

Bob Hoover died last night, age 94. One of the best pilots ever, he flew “chase” for Chuck Yeager on 14 October 1947. Two years earlier, he’d escaped from POW camp and got out of Germany by stealing an Fw-190 […]

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Today at Chino

by Tom Cleaver on October 23, 2016 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

I suspect this is the place where people will “get” this post. Today was one of the happiest days of my life. I got to meet my grand nephews, Nathan and Sam, for the first time, and they’re like me. […]

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Tamiya 1/48 Corsair IV

by Tom Cleaver on October 16, 2016 in Aviation -- 21 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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]