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:


iModeler Review: 1/48 Airfix Gloster Javelin FAW 9

by Tom Cleaver on December 13, 2013 in Reviews -- 28 Comments

Gloster Aircraft, having developed and produced the only Allied jet aircraft to be operational during the war, the Gloster Meteor, sought to take advantage of its expertise, and responded to a 1947 Air Ministry requirement for a high-performance night fighter […]


You won’t see these two anywhere but Chino

by Tom Cleaver on December 8, 2013 in Show Reports -- 18 Comments

You’re not going to see these two original Japanese airplanes anywhere but at Planes of Fame in Chino. A bad day for photography, but when the world’s only J2M3 Raiden (Jack) and D4Y3 Suisei (Judy) are on display (the J2M3 […]


Montex 1/32 Henschel Hs-123A-1

by Tom Cleaver on December 7, 2013 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

The Montex Hs-123A-1 full resin 1/32 kit, built 5 years ago when first released. The kit is now available from Alley Cat Models. It’s definitely one of the nicest resin kits out there, and is the best Hs-123 kit in […]


A magazine we can all subscribe to…

by Tom Cleaver on December 4, 2013 in Uncategorized -- 6 Comments

Something for everyone in this magazine.

Completely off-topic: which Dr. Who are you?

by Tom Cleaver on November 22, 2013 in Uncategorized -- 21 Comments

I’m sure among this collection of weirdos, I am not the only Whovian. As you all know, the BBC is making a Very Big Deal out of Dr. Who this week (been watching all my favorite episodes from the re-boot). […]


Hasegawa’s new 1/32 N1K2-J Shiden-Kai

by Tom Cleaver on November 21, 2013 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

There’s a more complete review today at Modeling Madness, but here are all the photos I took , which won’t be all published there. But do check out the review: Basically, this is the really nice 1/48 kit from […]


Continuing the FAA theme: Trumpeter 1/48 Supermarine Attacker F.B.2

by Tom Cleaver on November 17, 2013 in Aviation -- 4 Comments

One of the oddest-looking jets of all, the Supermarine Attacker F.B.2. There’s only one other “conventional gear” Jet, the Yak-15. The airplane has been done in 1/48 by a very good Falcon vacuform in around 1989, a Classic Airframes kit […]


The mythical beast: 1/48 Wyverns from Classic Airframes and Trumpeter

by Tom Cleaver on November 15, 2013 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

The Wyvern has to be one of the strangest airplanes to ever grace a carrier deck. The first turboprop, its ten years of gestation and failure as the FAA’s strike force paid off for the rest of aviation by solving […]


Egads! Another vacuform! Falcon Models 1/48 Hawker Seahawk FGA.6

by Tom Cleaver on November 15, 2013 in Aviation -- 6 Comments

The Falcon Seahawk first came out in around 1988-89. This was done in 2003, using decals scaled up on an ALPS printer by a friend to do the seabird squadron marking of 899 Squadron with other decals from the dungeon. […]


Dynavector 1/48 Hornet F.1

by Tom Cleaver on November 14, 2013 in Aviation -- 4 Comments

A further demonstration from Ron’s Skyshark of how good Dynavector vacuforms are. This being the Dynavector 1/48 deHavilland Hornet F.1, which I think is one of the best looking twin piston engine airplanes ever made. The initial concept of the […]