Modeling by Tom Cleaver

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Author of “Fabled Fifteen: The Pacific War Odyssey of Carrier Air Group 15”, which you can order here:

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“Fabled Fifteen” is published!

by Tom Cleaver on March 18, 2014 in Aviation -- 14 Comments

“Fabled Fifteen: The Pacific War Saga of Carrier Air Group 15” is now available as an e-book at Amazon. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download a free Kindle app for Mac, PC, or iBook. Those of you […]


A very serious book recommendation

by Tom Cleaver on March 15, 2014 in Reviews -- 7 Comments

As someone now recognized myself as a military historian, it’s easy to say that the military historian who has been my greatest influence is Sir Max Hastings. In case you missed his book released in Europe as “All Hell Let […]

The Battle of the River Plate

by Tom Cleaver on March 10, 2014 in Ships -- 8 Comments

For anyone interested: The 1952 movie “Battle of the River Plate” – the story of the December 1939 battle between the Graf Spee and the British cruisers HMS Exeter, Ajax and Achilles, is on You Tube uncut. The movie actually […]


Revell 1/32 Hawker Typhoon IB – Dennis Crowley-Milling

by Tom Cleaver on March 8, 2014 in Aviation -- 11 Comments

Traditionally, the hallmark of a successful aircraft manufacturing company has been that future requirements should always be the concern of the Chief Designer and the project team. In other words, when the latest project has been accepted for production, its […]


Hi-Tech 1/48 Vautour IIN

by Tom Cleaver on March 5, 2014 in Aviation -- 12 Comments

Though largely unknown today, the Vautour series of all-weather fighters, bombers and recon aircraft were among the outstanding products of the French aviation industry 60 years ago, so good that it took a political decision on the part of the […]


Trumpeter 1/32 Sea Hurricane Ib

by Tom Cleaver on February 21, 2014 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

The Fleet Air Arm suffered throughout the early years of the war for the lack of a carrier-based fighter that had performance sufficient to face the land-based Axis air forces. This was nowhere more apparent than in the Mediterranean, where […]


Montex (now Alley Cat) 1/32 Hawker Fury I

by Tom Cleaver on February 17, 2014 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

This is the 1/32 resin Hawker Fury I, originally released five years ago by Montex. The kit designer now has his own company, Silver Wings. Montex sold their kits a year ago to Alley Cat, where they are now available. […]


Airfix Seafire F.R.47 with Cooper Details upgrade

by Tom Cleaver on February 15, 2014 in Aviation -- 4 Comments

The Seafire F.R.47 was the last of the line that began in 1935 with K5054, the Spitfire prototype. It was twice the weight of the original, with two and a half times the power and an additional 100mph in top […]


Seafire F.45 – Aeroclub conversion of Airfix kit

by Tom Cleaver on February 15, 2014 in Aviation -- 2 Comments

Throughout the development of the carrier-based Sea Spitfire, which was known as the Seafire, developments in the land-based series of fighters were reflected in approximate naval equivalents. The first of the Griffon-powered Seafires was the Mk.XV. The last major evolution […]


Eduard 1/48 Spitfire IXc (early)

by Tom Cleaver on February 13, 2014 in Aviation -- 14 Comments

Had not the RAF been able to bring a new Spitfire into combat in the summer of 1942 to face the Fw-190A that could outfly the Spitfire V on every point but turning circle, the war over Northern Europe would […]