Modeling by Tom Cleaver


RIP – Jack Broughton

by Tom Cleaver on November 5, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 3 Comments

I didn’t know it at the time, but in 1955 and 1956, I saw Jack Broughton lead the Thunderbirds – once in F-84Gs and once in F-84Fs. Author of “Thud Ridge” and “Going Downtown”


BoB Spitfire I – Airfix 1/48

by Tom Cleaver on November 5, 2014 in Aviation -- 3 Comments

Not actually built for the BoB Group Build, I guess this still kinda/sorta qualifies as an entry. Spitfire Ia of 609 Squadron R.Aux.A.F., August 1940, done from an Aeromaster sheet. This kit by Airfix can be considered the last product […]

Fabled Fifteen Cover LR

Time to let Santa Claus know what you want!

by Tom Cleaver on November 2, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 3 Comments

It’s not too late for Santa Claus to be able to put a copy of Fabled Fifteen under your Christmas tree. Not only a book, but a copy of the book signed by Jim Duffy, the last surviving ace to […]


And Now For Something Completely Different

by Tom Cleaver on October 31, 2014 in Armor -- 8 Comments

TC does…. a tank? Yes. I have been known to do some. This is the Hobby Boss 1/48 M4A3E8 “Easy Eight”. At the outbreak of the Second World War, U.S. Army doctrine did not support tank vs. tank warfare. Enemy […]


We have a new member you all ought to meet

by Tom Cleaver on October 22, 2014 in Aviation -- 20 Comments

My friend Candice Uhlir ( @candiceuhlir – Ed.), who is one of the best modelers I have ever known, has joined us. Here’s some pictures of her work. You can see some pretty good articles on each of these over […]


Trumpeter 1/32 P-47D-30 Thunderbolt

by Tom Cleaver on October 15, 2014 in Aviation -- 12 Comments

Col. Joe Laughlin and the 362nd Fighter Group: Joseph L. Laughlin joined the USAAC in 1939 and received his wings and commission in June 1940, and was assigned to the 14th Pursuit Squadron at Wheeler Field, Hawaii that September. Following […]


Johnnie Johnson’s MK392

by Tom Cleaver on October 9, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 18 Comments

The Spitfire IXe was a development of the standard Spitfire IX that inverted the position of the 20mm cannons and replaced the outboard .30 caliber machine guns with .50 caliber weapons in the wing position formerly occupied by the cannons. […]

Fabled Fifteen Cover LR

Ace-signed copies of “Fabled Fifteen” now available.

by Tom Cleaver on October 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

There are 68 copies of the newly-published hardback edition of “Fabled Fifteen” available, signed by LCDR Jim Duffy of VF-15, the last living fighter pilot to have scored victories at the Marianas Turkey Shoot and the Battles of Leyte Gulf. […]


ICM 1/48 LaGG-3

by Tom Cleaver on September 29, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 7 Comments

While the Red Air Force had fielded the most advanced fighter in the world in 1934 when the I-16 joined its first operational unit, it was clear by 1939 that Soviet fighter aircraft had fallen behind the international standard. While […]


Gavia (Eduard) 1/48 Lavochkin La-7

by Tom Cleaver on September 28, 2014 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

The Lavochkin La-7 was the ultimate wartime design of a line of fighters that began with the LaGG-3 in 1941. The LaGG-3 suffered from a heavy structure due to its designers unfamiliarity with modern aircraft design and the fact that […]