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Tamiya P-47D Thunderbolt

by Tom Cleaver on May 27, 2017 in Aviation -- 10 Comments

The P-47D “Hun Hunter XIV” is well-known, having appeared in the documentary “Thunderbolt” made by William Wyler and John Sturges during World War II. Not much has been written about the 57th Fighter Group, the first USAAF unit to enter […]

Frank Luke’s SPAD XIII

by Tom Cleaver on April 25, 2017 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

In 1910, Armand Deperdussin founded the Societe Provisoire des Aeroplanes Deperdussin (SPAD). The company built racing airplanes designed by Deperdussin; a monoplane designed by Chief Designer Louis Bechereau in 1913 set a world air speed record of 125 m.p.h. that […]

Roden 1/32 SPAD VII C.1

by Tom Cleaver on April 23, 2017 in Aviation -- 12 Comments

René Fonck, leading French ace of World War I with 75 victories, said that the introduction of the SPAD VII fighter “…completely changed the face of aerial warfare”. The SPAD S.VII C.1 was the first of a series of single-seat […]

Eduard 1/48 Bf-109G-2

by Tom Cleaver on April 14, 2017 in Aviation -- 4 Comments

The Bf-109G in Finnish Service: During the Winter War of 1939-40, Finland obtained 24 Brewster B-239 fighters, which were the first completely-modern fighters to equip the air force. These were U.S. Navy F2A-1s, and became the first-line fighter after the […]

Airfix 1/72 P-51D

by Tom Cleaver on April 7, 2017 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

The 352nd Fighter Group was constituted in Sept 1942 and activated at Bradley Field, Connecticut on October 1, 1942. Two of its squadrons, the 21st (later changed to the 486th) and the 34th (later changed to the 487th) had long […]

Zero walkaround

by Tom Cleaver on April 6, 2017 in Aviation -- 6 Comments

Since several people are doing Japanese aircraft for the Midway build, perhaps these shots of the disassembled Planes of Fame A6M5a Zero may be useful. This is a Nakajima-built airplane, and Steve Hinton – who has been directly involved in […]

I love reviews like this

by Tom Cleaver on April 2, 2017 in Reviews -- 16 Comments

First review for my new book, “Pacific Thunder”.

1/48 AMG Hawker Sea Fury prototype

by Tom Cleaver on March 24, 2017 in Aviation -- 10 Comments

Following up on the previous article, the Sea Hawk’s predecessor: Had the Hawker Sea Fury arrived on the scene one year earlier than it did, its place in history would not be assured by its technical excellence but rather by […]

148 Trumpeter Hawker Sea Hawk FGA 6

by Tom Cleaver on March 24, 2017 in Aviation -- 10 Comments

A review from 2007: The Hawker Sea Hawk was the first completely successful British jet-powered carrier fighter. It was roughly equivalent to the U.S. Grumman F9F Panther, with which it shared a powerplant – the very successful Nene centrifugal turbojet […]

Another Bill Bosworth Masterpiece – 1/48 Sikorsky S-40 (scratchbuilt)

by Tom Cleaver on March 22, 2017 in Aviation -- 18 Comments

Whoops – it’s 1/48! Still has a 32-inch wingspan For those who don’t know what the S.40 was: Sikorsky designed the S-40 in response to a request from Juan Trippe, president of Pan American Airways, for a larger passenger carrying […]