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:


The Kitty Hawk F-101C finds a good home

by Tom Cleaver on July 6, 2014 in Show Reports -- 5 Comments

That fershlugginah F-101C has found a good home, where it will be honored and respected, and seen only from a distance of 3 feet through glass. Christina Olds gave a presentation today out at Planes of Fame about her father, […]


Eduard 1/48 Dassault Mirage IIICJ “Profipack”

by Tom Cleaver on July 4, 2014 in Aviation -- 10 Comments

This model was done 10 years ago when the kit first came out. It’s still the best 1/48 Mirage kit and well worth having, particularly in the Profipack release. Like the Spitfire and the Battle of Britain, the P-51 and […]


Last P-40Es

by Tom Cleaver on July 2, 2014 in Aviation -- 4 Comments

The P-40E-1/Kittyhawk IA flown by CAPT Andrew Reynolds of the 49th FG is actually a Kittyhawk IA – the Lend-Lease version of the P-40E-1. When the 49th FG arrived in Australia in March 1942, there was not much attention paid […]


AMTech 1/48 P-40K/Kittyhawk III

by Tom Cleaver on June 30, 2014 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

This is the AMTech P-40K “big tail” which was essentially the AMT P-40E kit with a resin rear fuselage and fin. I used a True Details P-40E/N cockpit. The decals are from an early Aeromaster sheet. The airplane is a […]


AMTech P-40F-15 Warhawk

by Tom Cleaver on June 30, 2014 in Aviation -- 2 Comments

The AMTech (ex-AMT) P-40F with the resin corrected nose AMTech provided in their kit to fix the wrong nose the kit had. I don’t remember whose resin cockpit this is, but the decals were by Aeromaster. The scheme is the […]


Mauve 1/48 P-40N Kittyhawk IV

by Tom Cleaver on June 30, 2014 in Aviation -- 6 Comments

This is the Mauve 1/48 P-40N, utilizing a True Details resin cockpit, Squadron (Falcon) vacuform canopy and Red Roo Decals to make the P-40N flown by Wing Commander John Waddy, Australia’s leading P-40 (only) ace when commanding 80 Wing at […]


Mauve 1/48 P-40L Conversion

by Tom Cleaver on June 30, 2014 in Aviation -- 3 Comments

This is the Mauve P-40M kit with the Aeromaster resin P-40F/L nose and Aeromaster decals to do “Ace of Pearls” of the 99th Fighter Squadron (Tuskeegee Airmen) when the squadron was attached to the 79th Fighter Squadron i in Italy […]


Another 1/48 Hasegawa P-40N

by Tom Cleaver on June 30, 2014 in Aviation -- 2 Comments

Hasegawa P-40N in the markings of “Island Dream” of the 7th Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, 1944. The model is essentially OOB other than the aftermarket Aeromaster decals and the use of a vacuformed sliding canopy, so it doesn’t sit “on […]


A Swordfish with D-Day Stripes – Trumpeter 1/32 Swordfish Mk.II

by Tom Cleaver on June 29, 2014 in Aviation -- 16 Comments

Most of the Swordfish aircraft produced during the Second World War were constructed by Blackburn Aviation, including all Swordfish Mks. II and III. This situation must have felt good to Fairey Aviation – the company responsible for the original design […]

Some modeling inspiration

by Tom Cleaver on June 27, 2014 in Aviation -- 2 Comments

Neat diorama idea.