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:


More on Flt Lt Roy French

by Tom Cleaver on January 4, 2014 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

Roy’s son sent me these photos he’s found. The airplane is Roy’s F-86E. The picture of the Sabre is interesting because it’s one of the few color photos I have seen of the enlarged “Misawa tanks”, which were painted yellow […]


Flt Lt Roy French, RAF 1926-2013

by Tom Cleaver on December 31, 2013 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

The annals of aviation history do not prominently display the name of Flight Lieutenant Roy French, RAF. However, Captain Joseph McConnell, the American ace of aces of the Korean War, had good reason to remember the name. Roy was seconded […]


A really nice New Year’s present

by Tom Cleaver on December 30, 2013 in Aviation -- 12 Comments

Pardon the unpaid self-promotion ( 😉 ): I’ve just learned that Casemate Publishers, the best military history publication house in the country, has picked up my book, “Fabled Fifteen: Air Group 15 in the Pacific War,” the story of the […]


Airfix 1/48 Sea Vixen

by Tom Cleaver on December 20, 2013 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

A nice counterpoint to the Javelin. In 1947, the Royal Navy promulgated a specification for a fleet defense fighter at the same time that the RAF issued a similar requirement. De Havilland viewed the requirements as being so similar that […]


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 […]