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:

Some modeling inspiration

by Tom Cleaver on June 27, 2014 in Aviation -- 2 Comments

Neat diorama idea.


PCM 1/32 Reggiane Re.2005

by Tom Cleaver on June 26, 2014 in Aviation -- 6 Comments

The Reggiane series of fighters – the Re.2000, Re.2001, Re.2002 and Re.2005 – were technically among the best Italian fighters designed during the Second World War. All the aircraft designed and produced were obviously based on the Seversky SEV-1 and […]


1/48 Zvezda Bf-109F-4

by Tom Cleaver on June 20, 2014 in Aviation -- 14 Comments

Some claim the kit is “fiddly,” but if you take care and follow the instructions, you won’t use any seam filler. It’s the most accurate Bf-109F in 1/48. Lifelike Decals 48-035 “Marseille Special” used, with Eduard seat belts. The Star […]


Trumpeter 1/32 Me-262B-1a

by Tom Cleaver on June 15, 2014 in Aviation -- 14 Comments

Due to a statement made by William Green in his 1959 “Famous Fighters of the Second World War, Vol. 1” about the Me-262B night fighter conversion “shooting down” British bombers over Berlin in April 1945, it has long been believed […]

Making “The Battle of Britain”

by Tom Cleaver on June 12, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 16 Comments

1967 promotional film narrated by Michael Caine about the making of the movie. Pretty cool to see the “real people” on the sets and locations (particularly the real Londoners for the bombing scene).


iModeler Review: Kitty Hawk 1/48 F-101A/C Voodoo

by Tom Cleaver on June 11, 2014 in Reviews -- 19 Comments

This is taken from my review at Modeling Madness, with the complete collection of photos here. Over the years, there have been a few kits of the McDonnell F-101A/C Voodoo, starting with – if I recall correctly – a box-scale […]


D-Day aircraft

by Tom Cleaver on June 8, 2014 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

The Typhoon was done for the Group Build, the others are D-Day aircraft I’ve built over the years.



by Tom Cleaver on June 6, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 8 Comments

No words necessary

Fabled Fifteen Cover

Selling out to sell books :-)

by Tom Cleaver on June 5, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 6 Comments

Jon Parshall, Barrett Tillman and Yours Truly were on Duke Brooks’ show tonight to discuss the Battle of Midway. Catch the podcast.


iModeler Review: The terrible, no good, awful, fatally-flawed Eduard 1/48 Bf-109G-6 (not!)

by Tom Cleaver on May 23, 2014 in Reviews -- 40 Comments

Gerhard “Gerd” Barkhorn joined the Luftwaffe in 1937 and completed his pilot training in 1939. Flying combat with JG 52 through the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain in 1940, he remained scorelewss though he was shot down […]