Modeling by Tom Cleaver


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 – […]


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

by Tom Cleaver on December 1, 2016 in Reviews -- 23 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]