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:


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 […]


11 November

by Tom Cleaver on November 11, 2013 in Uncategorized -- 12 Comments

This day in history: 11 November 1944 In the summer of 1942, on his 21st birthday, Alfred Theodore Graham, Jr., a small-town newspaper reporter from Jacksonville, New York, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After training as an aerial gunner and […]


Let’s see if a good story makes this boring dark blue airplane interesting

by Tom Cleaver on November 11, 2013 in Uncategorized -- 7 Comments

If a good story can make a “boring dark blue airplane” interesting, as commenters said about Bruce Porter’s airplane, here’s a rip-roarer of a story. This is the F6F-5 Hellcat flown by my friend former ENS Clarence “Spike” Borley of […]


Eduard 1/48 F6F-5N Hellcat – celebrating the USMC 238th birthday

by Tom Cleaver on November 10, 2013 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

For the 238th birthday of the Marine Corps, the Eduard Royal Class F6F-5N flown by Bruce Porter of VMF(N)-542 at Okinawa, June 1945. Bruce Porter first entered combat in the Solomons with VMF-121 in 1943, flying the F4U-1 Corsair. He […]


B-17G at Chino

by Tom Cleaver on November 3, 2013 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

The B-17G finally flew in to Chino yesterday. Here are some shots, including one of me holding it in front of another famus Boeing product, that will give you a good idea of just how big it is.


The only UH-1B gunship left, and it’s a HA(L)-3 Sea Wolf!

by Tom Cleaver on November 3, 2013 in Show Reports -- 6 Comments

I now know what the WW2 guys feel like when they see a P-51 or an F6F or one of the other machines from their youth. Was out at Chino today, and all of a sudden I hear the unmistakeable […]