Modeling by Tom Cleaver

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Bill Bosworth’s scratchbuilt Fokker T-2

by Tom Cleaver on October 10, 2013 in Aviation -- 4 Comments

Bill would kill me with his bare hands were I to actually refer to him as “the legendary Bill Bosworth,” but in fact that title is true, though it should never be used since he would deny all. So just […]


Tamiya 1/48 P-51Ds

by Tom Cleaver on October 10, 2013 in Aviation -- 15 Comments

Some Tamiya 1/48 P-51Ds, Glenn Eagleston’s “Eagle”, 353rd FS, 354th “Pioneer Mustang” FG. “Grim Reaper” – 356th FS, 354th FG (I would love to see some warbird owner do this on a flyer) Bud Anderson’s “Old Crow” from the 357th […]


How big is big? the H-K B-17G in progress

by Tom Cleaver on October 6, 2013 in Uncategorized -- 19 Comments

So, how big is big? This is the H-K B-17G hanging in its storage area on the wall, next to a 1/48 Tamiya Lancaster. Those of you who have the 1/48 :Lanc in your collection think of it as a […]


iModeler Review: 1/32 Revell Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6

by Tom Cleaver on September 30, 2013 in Product Reviews -- 13 Comments

After finishing the last 1/32 Hasegawa Bf-109, an F-2, I told myself I was finally “109ed out,” that the airplane as a model held no suprises and no further interest to me. So naturally, when the neighborhood Walter White associate, […]


RCAF Sabre Mk. 6 – Kinetic 1/32

by Tom Cleaver on September 26, 2013 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

The Kinetic 1/32 F-86F done as an early RCAF Sabre Mk. 6 (hard leading edge wing) with Harold Offield’s cockpit set and Leading Edge decals (which include the resin “sugar scoops” that are the visual difference between a Sabre 6 […]


Planes of Fame A6M5a Zero Model 52

by Tom Cleaver on September 22, 2013 in Show Reports -- 9 Comments

Forgot I had these shots, taken way back in 1999. The PoF Zero is the only original Zero left in the world, with a Sakae engine, the airframe was never torn down. This was one of about 14 that were […]


“Princess Elizabeth” at Chino 2010

by Tom Cleaver on September 21, 2013 in Show Reports -- 2 Comments

Ran across these shots of “Princess Elizabeth” at Chino back in 2010. This airplane was returned to The Fighter Collection this year and has been seen at the Duxford Flying Legends show. This “P-51B” really isn’t one. Originally, Pete Regina […]


A-36A at Chino in 2010

by Tom Cleaver on September 21, 2013 in Show Reports -- 3 Comments

This is the A-36A owned by Tom Friedkin, after it was restored for flight by Fighter Rebuilders in 2010. The airplane is now painted like the A-36A from the 86th FBG with the mission marks all over the fuselage, one […]


Last Hawk 75: Finnish “Sussu” – 1/32 SH kit

by Tom Cleaver on September 20, 2013 in Aviation -- 4 Comments

The Special Hobby 1/32 Finnish Hawk 75. Known to the Finns as the “Sussu,” this was done as the airplane flown by Kyosti Karhila, the top-scoring Finnish Hawk 75 ace (13.5 victories). Right after I finished it I discovered this […]


Hawk 75A-4 “Mohawk IV” RAF, Special Hobby 1/32

by Tom Cleaver on September 19, 2013 in Aviation -- 12 Comments

This is the Special Hobby Hawk 75A-4 “Mohawk IV” kit. The French Air Force, in addition to ordering the Pratty & Whitney-powered Hawk 75A-1/2/3, also ordered the Hawk 75A-4, which differed by being powered by a Wright GR-1820 Cyclone 9 […]