Modeling by Tom Cleaver


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

by Tom Cleaver on February 12, 2017 in Aviation -- 9 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 […]


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.


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


Special Hobby 1/32 Tempest V (Hi-Tech)

by Tom Cleaver on January 28, 2017 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

When Sydney Camm first designed what became the Typhoon in the late 1930s, not that much was known about high speed flight and heavy weaponry, with the result that the Typhoon’s wing turned out to be too thick. The result […]


1/48 Airfix Spitfire II

by Tom Cleaver on December 21, 2016 in Uncategorized -- 11 Comments

The first upgrade of the Spitfire was the Spitfire II, developed to take advantage of a more powerful version of the Marlin engine. Spitfire Mk.I K9788 was fitted with a Merlin XII in the summer of 1939. Tests demonstrated improved […]


The rest of the 2016 builds

by Tom Cleaver on December 17, 2016 in Uncategorized -- 12 Comments

Not in any order: 1. Roden 1/48 He-51 2. Eduard (new) 1/48 Bf-109G-6 3. Eduard 1/48 Bf-109F-4 4. Academy 1/48 F-86F-25 5. Arma Hobby 1/48 Grumman F2F-1 (resin) 6. Tamiya 1/48 P-51D-25 7. Tamiya 1/48 Corsair IV 8. Hobbycrfaft 1/48 […]


Airfix 2016 builds

by Tom Cleaver on December 13, 2016 in Aviation -- 18 Comments

I’m so hapy Airfix is back. Most of my work this year was on new Airfix kits, each of which I really liked. And there’s still a whole big – yoooge! – pile of red boxes.


Did someone say Wildcats?

by Tom Cleaver on December 9, 2016 in Aviation -- 10 Comments

No. 1 – Tamiya 1/48 F4F-4 modified with Just Plane Stuff resin wing as Butch O-Hare’s F4F-3 No. 2 – Trumpeter 1/32 F4F-4 on Guadalcanal. No. 3 – Trumpeter 1/32 F4F-3 as Butch O’Hare’s airplane. No. 4 – Tamiya 1.48 […]


Lotsa Hellcats

by Tom Cleaver on December 6, 2016 in Aviation -- 10 Comments

Various Hellcats from the collection: 1. F6F-3 of LT Jim Shirly, VF-27, Leyte gulf 1944 – Eduard 2. F6F-5N VMF(N)-542 – MAJ Bruce Porter, Okinawa, 1945 – Eduard 3. F6F-5 “Minsi III” Dave mcCampbellm CAG AVG-15, Leyte Gulf 1944 – […]