Modeling by Tom Cleaver

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


Planes of Fame A6M5a Zero Model 52

by Tom Cleaver on September 22, 2013 in Show Reports -- 9 Comments

Forgot I had these shots, taken way back in 1999. The PoF Zero is the only original Zero left in the world, with a Sakae engine, the airframe was never torn down. This was one of about 14 that were [...]


“Princess Elizabeth” at Chino 2010

by Tom Cleaver on September 21, 2013 in Show Reports -- 2 Comments

Ran across these shots of “Princess Elizabeth” at Chino back in 2010. This airplane was returned to The Fighter Collection this year and has been seen at the Duxford Flying Legends show. This “P-51B” really isn’t one. Originally, Pete Regina [...]


A-36A at Chino in 2010

by Tom Cleaver on September 21, 2013 in Show Reports -- 3 Comments

This is the A-36A owned by Tom Friedkin, after it was restored for flight by Fighter Rebuilders in 2010. The airplane is now painted like the A-36A from the 86th FBG with the mission marks all over the fuselage, one [...]


Last Hawk 75: Finnish “Sussu” – 1/32 SH kit

by Tom Cleaver on September 20, 2013 in Aviation -- 4 Comments

The Special Hobby 1/32 Finnish Hawk 75. Known to the Finns as the “Sussu,” this was done as the airplane flown by Kyosti Karhila, the top-scoring Finnish Hawk 75 ace (13.5 victories). Right after I finished it I discovered this [...]


Hawk 75A-4 “Mohawk IV” RAF, Special Hobby 1/32

by Tom Cleaver on September 19, 2013 in Aviation -- 12 Comments

This is the Special Hobby Hawk 75A-4 “Mohawk IV” kit. The French Air Force, in addition to ordering the Pratty & Whitney-powered Hawk 75A-1/2/3, also ordered the Hawk 75A-4, which differed by being powered by a Wright GR-1820 Cyclone 9 [...]


Azur (Special Hobby) Armee de i’Air Hawk 75A-3

by Tom Cleaver on September 18, 2013 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

This is the Special Hobby Hawk 75A-3 as released by Azur with French markings. The Azur offering differs from the SH kit in having resin parts for the cockpit that did not really give greater detail and in fact fit [...]


“The Gold Bug” – P-36A of CO, 18th Pursuit Group – Special Hobby 1/32 kit

by Tom Cleaver on September 17, 2013 in Aviation -- 10 Comments

The P-36 is one of those under-rated airplanes. For some reason, it’s seen as a failure, though the record indicates otherwise. The first modern fighter for the USAAC that was remotely competitive with European contemporaries, the P-36 in its Hawk [...]


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 [...]