Modeling by Tom Cleaver

Shades of Yossarian.

by Tom Cleaver on June 10, 2015 in Aviation -- 1 Comment

There were (until this find last year) virtually no photographs of Joseph Heller, the author of “Catch-22” from World War 2. This 6-minute segment comes from what was a 73-minute documentary made by 340th BombGroup Public Relations Officer Lt. Wilbur […]

New Airfix kits

by Tom Cleaver on June 10, 2015 in Reviews -- 12 Comments

Just received the review kit of the new Airfix 1/48 Spitfire I (Hornby USA not having its head up its posterior about review kits, as Hornby UK has done). In case you were wondering, it’s as beautiful as the new […]

Remembering Dick Best and the Battle of Midway, 4 June 1942

by Tom Cleaver on June 4, 2015 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

Today is the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Midway, the battle that changed the course of the war in the Pacific. I’d like to take this time to remember my friend, the late Richard H. “Dick” Best, the only […]

Dragon 1/48 Ju-88A-4

by Tom Cleaver on May 26, 2015 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

The Ju-88 series is said to prove the effectiveness of the German philosophy of using one good basic airframe for a variety of missions. Actually, the Ju-88 was not the result of such a design philosophy, but rather was so […]

Revell-Germany 1/48 Me-410B-2/U4

by Tom Cleaver on May 21, 2015 in Aviation -- 10 Comments

The Messeschmitt Me-410 was essentially a redesigned Me-210, with a lengthened fuselage and DB603 engines rather than the DB605 of the earlier design. This redesign solved the problems of the Me-210, which were so difficult that it was deemed prudent […]

Classic Airframes 1/48 Westland Whirlwind Mk. I

by Tom Cleaver on May 13, 2015 in Uncategorized -- 7 Comments

This is my Classic Airframes Whirlwind I, from the 2003 re-release of the Classic Airframes kit. The Westland Whirlwind was, at the time of its initial appearance, one of the most advanced fighter aircraft ever built. Unfortunately, it was built […]

The only flying Seversky in the world

by Tom Cleaver on May 7, 2015 in Show Reports -- 5 Comments

I noticed in comments on the P-36C that our Swedish friends haven’t forgotten the P-35s their government once ordered that ended up in the Philippines (where one actually shot down a Zero on December 9, 1941). This is the two-seat […]

The last P-36C built flies again!

by Tom Cleaver on May 5, 2015 in Show Reports -- 15 Comments

This is the last Curtiss P-36C constructed, serial number 38-210. Built in 1939 and delivered to Selfridge Field, Michigan in May 1939. She participated in the 1939 Cleveland Air Races in September 1939 with experimental camouflage, then participated in the […]

1/48 Dragon Fw-190A “opened up”

by Tom Cleaver on May 4, 2015 in Aviation -- 12 Comments

Heinz Bär – Experte: As an air‑minded working-class teenager, Heinz Bär took up the sport of gliding and soon became a qualified powered aircraft pilot at age of 17. With hopes of eventually flying for Deutsche Lufthansa, he joined the […]

Accurate Miniaturs B-25C/RAF Mitchell II

by Tom Cleaver on April 17, 2015 in Uncategorized -- 6 Comments

The North American B-25 Mitchell is one of the legendary aircraft of the Second World War. If the airplane had done nothing else but fly off the U.S.S. “Hornet” with Doolittle’s Raiders to strike the Japanese homeland four and a […]