Modeling by Tom Cleaver

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Author of “Air Combat Annals”, an e-book you can pick up here:


1/32 Dragon Bf-110C-7

by Tom Cleaver on September 5, 2013 in Uncategorized -- 16 Comments

This was a review in 2009 when the Dragon Bf-110C-7 was first released. Overall, this kit is an ill-fitting pain in the posterior which, if you persist with it, will turn into a very good-looking model in the end. The [...]


Silver Wings 1/32 Sea Gladiator

by Tom Cleaver on September 1, 2013 in Aviation -- 12 Comments

The Gladiator has been one of my favorite models since first reading about the Sea Gladiators of Malta in a wartime British propaganda publication, “The Malta Campaign” (which kinda/sorta sticks to the facts, maybe) when I was a kid. When [...]


One M.B. 152 deserves another

by Tom Cleaver on September 1, 2013 in Aviation -- 10 Comments

Seeing Bill’s version of this kit, I thought I’d present mine. Same airplane, in “Slaves Pajamas” – the Vichy red/yellow markings. It’s a second release of the kit. I found sanding down the cylinder heads aided fit inside the cowling [...]


USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73), Hasegawa 1/350

by Tom Cleaver on August 30, 2013 in Ships -- 7 Comments

In 1944, a journalist traveling aboard the USS White Plains wrote, “A jeep carrier bears the same relation to a normal naval vessel that is borne to a district of fine homes by a respectable, but struggling, working class suburb. [...]


Kitbashing a 1/48 Spitfire XIVc

by Tom Cleaver on August 30, 2013 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

In 1/48, there is no really good injection-molded kit of the Spitfire XIV. The Academy kit is too deep in side profile, as well as way too “fat” in plan view between the trailing edge of the wing and the [...]

RIP Paul Poberezny

by Tom Cleaver on August 23, 2013 in Aviation -- 1 Comment

I met Paul a few times in the 70s at Reno. I was real surprised in 1978 that in the middle of all that stuff at AirVenture he would see me and remember me from two separate conversations a year [...]


The rest of the Tamiya Corsair photos

by Tom Cleaver on August 21, 2013 in Reviews -- 10 Comments

Due to space limitations and ease of download, Scott doesn’t always publish all photos I provide for a review. Since people have been interested in this kit, I am putting up all the photos I sent him here for your [...]


(Drumroll) Presenting….. The Tamiya Corsair

by Tom Cleaver on August 17, 2013 in Aviation -- 25 Comments

Here’s a few shots of the model completed today. It’s done as Ken Walsh’s first “No. 13,” BuNo 02350, in which he may have scored a couple kills (records are unclear), but it definitely became an “ace’s plane” when he [...]


Mustang Madness continues over Malibu

by Tom Cleaver on August 17, 2013 in Aviation -- 3 Comments

These are from a 1997 flight i did with warbird mechanic/air racer (he flies “Voodoo”) Matt Jackson. His client in the front seat (whose name I now forget) was a WW2 B-17 pilot who had long wanted a P-51 and [...]


Mustang madness @ Chino – more A2A

by Tom Cleaver on August 16, 2013 in Aviation -- 3 Comments

Two of the Chino P-51s, back about 10 years ago. “Susie” is now in a different scheme, but this variation on “Snooks VII” looks pretty nice. I think I was in Bob Lewis’ Cessna 172, which is why Steve Hinton [...]