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H-K Models 1/32 Do-335B-2 “Pfeil”

by Tom Cleaver on December 24, 2014 in Reviews -- 8 Comments

The Dornier Do-335 was at its birth and has remained ever since the only twin-piston engine fighter/bomber aircraft to utilize the centerline thrust concept. In the Do-335, use of this power concept was revolutionary, though Dr. Claudius Dornier had used […]

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Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-3S “Wildcatfish”

by Tom Cleaver on December 10, 2014 in Aviation -- 12 Comments

Before the war, the Imperial Japanese Navy wasn’t the only one concerned about the provision of air power in an island campaign across the Pacific. The U.S. Navy was also well aware that between the time the troops stormed ashore […]

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Hobby Boss Bv-141B-O

by Tom Cleaver on November 17, 2014 in Aviation -- 17 Comments

The asymmetric Bv-141 is perhaps the strangest airplane to fly during the Second World War and one of the strangest ever to fly anywhere. Despite its counterintuitive looks, it was an excellent aircraft which was rejected by the service that […]

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RIP – Jack Broughton

by Tom Cleaver on November 5, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 3 Comments

I didn’t know it at the time, but in 1955 and 1956, I saw Jack Broughton lead the Thunderbirds – once in F-84Gs and once in F-84Fs. Author of “Thud Ridge” and “Going Downtown” http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-jack-broughton-20141101-story.html#page=1

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BoB Spitfire I – Airfix 1/48

by Tom Cleaver on November 5, 2014 in Aviation -- 3 Comments

Not actually built for the BoB Group Build, I guess this still kinda/sorta qualifies as an entry. Spitfire Ia of 609 Squadron R.Aux.A.F., August 1940, done from an Aeromaster sheet. This kit by Airfix can be considered the last product […]

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Time to let Santa Claus know what you want!

by Tom Cleaver on November 2, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 3 Comments

It’s not too late for Santa Claus to be able to put a copy of Fabled Fifteen under your Christmas tree. Not only a book, but a copy of the book signed by Jim Duffy, the last surviving ace to […]

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And Now For Something Completely Different

by Tom Cleaver on October 31, 2014 in Armor -- 8 Comments

TC does…. a tank? Yes. I have been known to do some. This is the Hobby Boss 1/48 M4A3E8 “Easy Eight”. At the outbreak of the Second World War, U.S. Army doctrine did not support tank vs. tank warfare. Enemy […]

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We have a new member you all ought to meet

by Tom Cleaver on October 22, 2014 in Aviation -- 20 Comments

My friend Candice Uhlir ( @candiceuhlir – Ed.), who is one of the best modelers I have ever known, has joined us. Here’s some pictures of her work. You can see some pretty good articles on each of these over […]

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Trumpeter 1/32 P-47D-30 Thunderbolt

by Tom Cleaver on October 15, 2014 in Aviation -- 12 Comments

Col. Joe Laughlin and the 362nd Fighter Group: Joseph L. Laughlin joined the USAAC in 1939 and received his wings and commission in June 1940, and was assigned to the 14th Pursuit Squadron at Wheeler Field, Hawaii that September. Following […]

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Johnnie Johnson’s MK392

by Tom Cleaver on October 9, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 18 Comments

The Spitfire IXe was a development of the standard Spitfire IX that inverted the position of the 20mm cannons and replaced the outboard .30 caliber machine guns with .50 caliber weapons in the wing position formerly occupied by the cannons. […]