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Alex Vraciu, RIP

by Tom Cleaver on January 29, 2015 in News -- 10 Comments

Alex Vraciu departed the ship earlier today, at age 96. He was the ranking surviving American Ace of World War II at the time of his death. I had the good fortune of meeting Alex a few times at AFAA […]

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Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1A Corsair

by Tom Cleaver on January 22, 2015 in Reviews -- 12 Comments

Designed in response to a Bureau of Aeronautics request for proposal in February 1938, for a single-engine fighter with a top speed over 350 mph, a landing speed of 70 mph and a range of 1,000 miles, Vought’s XF4U-1 Corsair […]

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Visiting the CAF Hellcat “Minsi III”

by Tom Cleaver on January 19, 2015 in Show Reports -- 13 Comments

Spent this morning out at the CAF Museum in Camarillo with David P. and Chris McCampbell, son and grandson of Navy Ace of Aces Dave McCampbell. The CAF guys gave us a really nice tour, and even cranked up that […]

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A New Year’s present from Bill Bosworth

by Tom Cleaver on December 31, 2014 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

Here is Bill Bosworth’s latest scratchbuilt masterpiece:a 1/32 Macchi M.33 Schneider Cup Racer. Bill is currently working on an M.52, which will complete his collection of Italian Schneider racers. For those newcomers here, Bill Bosworth was the founder of Accurate […]

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Last of 2014: Hobby Boss 1/48 P-47D-25

by Tom Cleaver on December 31, 2014 in Aviation -- 3 Comments

Last model of 2014: Hub Zemke’s P-47D-25 – “Oregon’s Britannia.” No less than Jimmy Doolittle praised Zemke as his “greatest fighter group commander.” Some may claim Don Blakeslee deserved the role, but Zemke was a professional officer who had the […]

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SWMBO got it right!

by Tom Cleaver on December 26, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 6 Comments

And within 20 minutes of opening the present and checking out the book, I solved a major mystery: 3 decal sheets for Butch Davenport’s “Lonesome Polecat” and each one different. Which was right? They all were! He had three airplanes, […]

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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