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Author of “Fabled Fifteen: The Pacific War Odyssey of Carrier Air Group 15″, which you can order here:


P-51A at Chino last weekend

by Tom Cleaver on November 2, 2013 in Show Reports -- 5 Comments

This is the Planes of Fame P-51A Mustang, in the markings of “Mrs. Virginia” of the 1st Air Commando Group; the original was flown by their legendary commander, Colonel Phil Cochran. Phil and the Air Commandos were immortalized in the […]


No “Chino shots” but…

by Tom Cleaver on October 27, 2013 in Uncategorized -- 6 Comments

Went out to Chino yesterday and when I got there, it was a 10/10 cloud cover at around 3,000 feet and flat light prevailed. Welcome to the world of airplane photography… And even with signs advising that nothing on the […]


Big B-17G finished!

by Tom Cleaver on October 25, 2013 in Reviews -- 18 Comments

The big H-K B-17G in my driveway. Better shots tomorrow out at Chino. The gun barrels are not installed (not doing that till it gets to its new home, learned my lesson with the big B-25). Zotz Decals to do […]


H-K 1/32 Meteor F.Mk.4 test shot

by Tom Cleaver on October 21, 2013 in Reviews -- 9 Comments

 The Meteor F.4 was the result of three separate lines of research that began shortly after 616 Squadron had taken delivery of their Meteor F.1s in 1944. The Aerodynamic Section at R.A.E. Farnborough was studying ways to improve the […]


Further progress on the big B-17G – painted!

by Tom Cleaver on October 20, 2013 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

I ended up sitting this thing on a bar stool outside and walking around it to get all the paint on. Four different shades of Alclad, and it took half a bottle of Duraluminum and a third of a bottle […]


WIP: 1/32 H-K Models Meteor F. Mk. 4 (test shot)

by Tom Cleaver on October 17, 2013 in Uncategorized -- 4 Comments

The H-K Models test shot of their new 1/32 Gloster Meteor F. Mk. 4 arrived Monday. Here is the result of about 3-4 hours of work today. The surface detail is very petite and realistic, even moreso than the B-17. […]


Trumpeter 1/32 P-38 Lightnings

by Tom Cleaver on October 16, 2013 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

Mark’s really nice Trumpeter P-38 reminded me I hadn’t shown any of my Trumpeter P-38s. They are: P-38L OOB other than seat belts and Eagle Edition decals, to do Tommy McGuire’s last “Pudgy.” P-38H done as McGuire’s first “Pudgy,” using […]

Just a little news

by Tom Cleaver on October 16, 2013 in Uncategorized -- 6 Comments

For those on Facebook, I have started a new page, “Naval Aviation 1911-56.” Since no one else had started a specific page for naval aviation, it fills a blank, and it allows me to publicize my books. But other authors […]


“Spam Can” in her new incarnation at Chino today

by Tom Cleaver on October 12, 2013 in Show Reports -- 11 Comments

Every few years, Planes of Fame repaints “Spam Can” (the world’s oldest continuously-licensed P-51D, since 1957) to represent a famous P-51. She is now in the markings of the 506th Fighter Group, one of the VLR Mustang groups operating over […]

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Another Bosworth Beauty: 1/32 Ryan B.1 Brougham – “The MGM plane”

by Tom Cleaver on October 11, 2013 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

Another one from Bill. From his e-mail: In 1927 MGM contracted with Ryan to take a B1 Brougham and to convert it to carry Leo the MGM lion on a promotional tour of the East Coast. The plane was modified […]