Modeling by Tom Cleaver

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Author of “Air Combat Annals”, an e-book you can pick up here:


The rest of the Tamiya Corsair photos

by Tom Cleaver on August 21, 2013 in Reviews -- 10 Comments

Due to space limitations and ease of download, Scott doesn’t always publish all photos I provide for a review. Since people have been interested in this kit, I am putting up all the photos I sent him here for your [...]


(Drumroll) Presenting….. The Tamiya Corsair

by Tom Cleaver on August 17, 2013 in Aviation -- 25 Comments

Here’s a few shots of the model completed today. It’s done as Ken Walsh’s first “No. 13,” BuNo 02350, in which he may have scored a couple kills (records are unclear), but it definitely became an “ace’s plane” when he [...]


Mustang Madness continues over Malibu

by Tom Cleaver on August 17, 2013 in Aviation -- 3 Comments

These are from a 1997 flight i did with warbird mechanic/air racer (he flies “Voodoo”) Matt Jackson. His client in the front seat (whose name I now forget) was a WW2 B-17 pilot who had long wanted a P-51 and [...]


Mustang madness @ Chino – more A2A

by Tom Cleaver on August 16, 2013 in Aviation -- 3 Comments

Two of the Chino P-51s, back about 10 years ago. “Susie” is now in a different scheme, but this variation on “Snooks VII” looks pretty nice. I think I was in Bob Lewis’ Cessna 172, which is why Steve Hinton [...]


Collings Foundation B-24 and B-17 air-to-air back in 1998

by Tom Cleaver on August 14, 2013 in Show Reports -- 2 Comments

These shots of the Collings Foundation B-24 in its “All American” markings and the B-17G “9-0-9″, were taken during a tour of Los Angeles in 1998. Sadly, they’re the last air-to-air shots photographers are likely to get who aren’t working [...]


More nostalgia flights @ Chino – F4U-1 Corsair (and a Bearcat

by Tom Cleaver on August 14, 2013 in Show Reports -- 5 Comments

These shots were taken from the open gunner’s seat of the museum’s T-6 – the best photo platform possible, turned around facing aft completely out in the open. The nice pretty blue shots were taken in November 2002, a beautiful, [...]


Nostalgia flights @ Chino

by Tom Cleaver on August 12, 2013 in Show Reports -- 2 Comments

Here’s some photos taken with the Planes of Fame P-40N and P-51D back in 2004. A hazy southern California summer’s day (but far better than back in the 1970s, when the smog was so bad in the Inland Empire I [...]


Spitfires (and a Hurricane) @ Chino – 2004

by Tom Cleaver on August 11, 2013 in Show Reports -- 6 Comments

Was going through the files and here are some interesting pictures of Spitfires that used to live at Chino. The P.R.XIX PM891 is of particular interest. When it retired from the Thai Air Force in 1961, the King of Thailand [...]


Hasegawa 1/32 Spitfire Vb, S/Ldr Jan Zumbach of 303 Squadron

by Tom Cleaver on August 10, 2013 in Aviation -- 20 Comments

The Hasegawa Spitfire Vb dates to the mid-1970s. Despite having raised panel detail, with rescribing it makes up into a nice model, though I recommend picking up both the resin cockpit and the Rotol prop from Greymatter figures, both of [...]


Some other Eduard Hellcats

by Tom Cleaver on August 6, 2013 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

All OOB: The F6F-3 is from the first Profipack release, in the markings of Lt. Jim Shirley of VF-27, the “Hell Cats” and the most successful CVL VF squadron of the war, with 200 victories between the Marianas Turkey Shoot [...]