Modeling by Tom Cleaver

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


Curtiss BF2C-1 Helldiver – Hasegawa 1/32 classic

by Tom Cleaver on September 17, 2013 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

Hasegawa’s “Golden Age” 1/32 kits – the F4B-4, P-12E, P-26A and BF2C-1 – stand the test of time. They are outline accurate with surface detail that is far more representative of the real thing than what would be the case [...]


Nakajima’s Demon-Killer – Hasegawa 1/32 Ki/44 “Shoki” (Tojo)

by Tom Cleaver on September 15, 2013 in Aviation -- 11 Comments

This Hasegawa Ki.44-1b “Shoki” is built essentially out of the box, other than the use of Eduard JAAF seatbelts. It depicts a Ki.44 flown on home defense by the 47th Sentai, the most effective unit flying the Ki.44 in opposing [...]


Hasegawa 1/32 Ki. 61-I hei

by Tom Cleaver on September 13, 2013 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

To my mind, the Ki.61 is the best-looking Japanese fighter of World War II. This is the Hasegawa kit, built OOB other than use of Lifelike Decals. The Ki. 61 was one of the few Japanese fighters that could even [...]


Hasegawa 1/32 Ki.61-1 tei (conversion)

by Tom Cleaver on September 13, 2013 in Aviation -- 11 Comments

This is the beautiful Hasegawa ki.61-I tei, converted from the Ki.61-I hei using the Wolfpack resin nose for the extended cowling to make the “long nose” Tony. It is marked as the well-known “celebrity” Tony flown my Major Teruhiko Kobayashi [...]


Spitfire Vb, AB502; Wing Commander Ian R. Gleed, OC 244 Wing, Tunisia, 1943

by Tom Cleaver on September 7, 2013 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

Ian “Widge” Gleed was commissioned an RAF Pilot Officer in March 1936 and posted to 46 Squadron at Kenley. 46 was flying Gauntlets at the time but transferred to Hurricanes in 1939 Gleed was was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and [...]


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 [...]