Modeling by Tom Cleaver

Pilot Replicas 1/48 SAAB J21A-3

by Tom Cleaver on October 22, 2015 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

During the Second World War, Sweden was cut off from the ability to procure modern foreign fighter aircraft as had been done prior to 1940 to equip Flyvapnet, the Swedish Air Force. Thus, it was decided to develop a domestic […]

Tamiya 1/48 Me-262s

by Tom Cleaver on October 19, 2015 in Uncategorized -- 11 Comments

I wasn’t particularly happy with the Tamiya Me-262 kits when they came out 12 years ago. Tamiya managed to drop the slats and drop the flaps on their Bf-109E, but they couldn’t do it on their Me-262? To this day, […]

Airfix 1/72 Hurricane I “ragwing” – early and standard

by Tom Cleaver on October 8, 2015 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

The Hawker Hurricane was the first monoplane fighter adopted by the Royal Air Force since the Bristol M.1C Scout of World War I, and was also the first fighter in RAF service capable of exceeding 300 m.p.h. The airplane was […]

Special Hobby 1/48 Firefly Mk.V

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

During the last year of the Second World War, the Fairey Firefly F.R.I had proven itself the best British designed carrier strike aircraft used in the conflict. With the end of the war and the need to get rid of […]

Bill Bosworth’s amazing 1/32 scratchbuilt D3A-1 “Val”

by Tom Cleaver on September 27, 2015 in Aviation -- 3 Comments

Here’s the most recent masterpiece from Bill Bosworth. A 1/32 scratchbuilt D3A-1 Val dive bomber. Done as one of the Vals that was shot down at Pearl Harbor.

Airplane porn!

by Tom Cleaver on September 20, 2015 in Aviation -- 4 Comments

Some shots taken in 1997-98 with the Collings Foundation’s B-24, back when she was painted as “All American”

Airfix 1/48 Hurricane I (trop)

by Tom Cleaver on September 17, 2015 in Aviation -- 11 Comments

Following the success of the Battle of Britain, the RAF could allow the Hurricane to be sent to other theaters. The defense of Malta had been so important that a squadron had been diverted to that island at the height […]

Tamiya 1/48 Lancaster B.III (Special) “Grand Slam”

by Tom Cleaver on September 10, 2015 in Uncategorized -- 14 Comments

Little needs to be said about the Lancaster, one of the truly legendary “greats” of the Second World War. A product of brilliant improvisation when the twin-engine Manchester proved underpowered and unreliable, Avro took the airplane and provided a wing […]

First look: Pilot Replicas 1/48 Saab J 21A-3

by Tom Cleaver on August 28, 2015 in Reviews -- 4 Comments

My review kit of the new Pilot Replicas Saab J 21A-3 fighter-bomber arrived in yesterday’s mail. I first became aware of this airplane when I received William Green’s “All The World’s Aircraft: 1954” for my 10th birthday present. I attribute […]

Airfix 1/48 Seafire F.R.47

by Tom Cleaver on August 21, 2015 in Aviation -- 15 Comments

65 years ago this summer… On 25 June 1950, the North Korean invasion of South Korea found the United States in a greater state of military unpreparedness than had the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor nine and a half years […]