Modeling by Tom Cleaver

RIP – Les Munro – the last Dambuster

by Tom Cleaver on August 5, 2015 in Uncategorized -- 18 Comments

We shall not see such men again in our lifetimes.

R.I.P. Shep Paine

by Tom Cleaver on August 2, 2015 in Uncategorized -- 20 Comments

R.I.P. Shepard “Shep” Paine, the father of modern modeling and a major influence on all of us who try to “get it right” with the products of our hobby. He was an historian who could bring history to life through […]

Airfix/Academy Spitfire 21 kitbash

by Tom Cleaver on August 1, 2015 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

The Spitfire 21 was so different from all the Spitfires that came before that it was originally thought it should be named the “Victor.” In the end, the Spitfire name was retained. Based on the experimental Spitfire Mk.IV/XX, the Spitfire […]

Eduard 1/48 Spitfire VIII

by Tom Cleaver on July 30, 2015 in Aviation -- 20 Comments

While the Spitfire IX was both better-known and produced in far larger numbers, the Spitfire VIII represents the high-point of development of the Merlin-powered Spitfire variants. Basically an unpressurized Mk.VII, the Spitfire VIII had all the refinements of the first […]

Airfix 1/48 Spitfire I

by Tom Cleaver on July 23, 2015 in Reviews -- 17 Comments

The Supermarine Spitfire is the most famous and recognizable British airplane ever built and as close to immortal as any airplane will ever get. The Spitfire I first appeared in RAF squadron service in the summer of 1938. Harder to […]

Airfix 1/48 Hurricane I

by Tom Cleaver on July 16, 2015 in Reviews -- 15 Comments

First appearing in 1935, the Hawker Hurricane was the first modern monoplane fighter to equip the RAF, and was one of only three RAF aircraft to operate in firs-line service from the first day of the Second World War to […]

Airfix 1/72 Dornier Do-17Z

by Tom Cleaver on July 9, 2015 in Reviews -- 13 Comments

The Dornier Do-17 series was referred to as the Fliegender Bleistift (“flying pencil”), due to its narrow fuselage. The original story about the origins of the Do-17 was that it was designed as a fast mail plane with limited passenger-carrying […]

Special Hobby 1/48 Grumman AF-2S and AF-2W Guardians

by Tom Cleaver on June 25, 2015 in Uncategorized -- 12 Comments

The Grumman AF-2 Guardian series were the largest single engine piston-engine aircraft to ever operate from carriers, which is pretty surprising since they flew from CVEs for the most part. The Guardian was the first purpose-built anti- submarine warfare carrier- […]

AMK 1/48 Aero L-29 Delfin

by Tom Cleaver on June 12, 2015 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

The Aero L-29 Delfin (Dolphin)was Czechoslovakia’s first locally-designed and built jet aircraft, and became the standard jet trainer for all Warsaw Pact air forces (other than Poland) during the 1960s. The prototype XL-29, designed by Z. Rublic and K. Tomáš, […]

Shades of Yossarian.

by Tom Cleaver on June 10, 2015 in Aviation -- 1 Comment

There were (until this find last year) virtually no photographs of Joseph Heller, the author of “Catch-22” from World War 2. This 6-minute segment comes from what was a 73-minute documentary made by 340th BombGroup Public Relations Officer Lt. Wilbur […]