Modeling by Tom Cleaver

This is pretty darned cool!

by Tom Cleaver on March 24, 2015 in Uncategorized -- 9 Comments

Rod Stewart’s Hidden Beverly Hills Railroad “I pity a man who doesn’t have a hobby like this one,it’s just the most supreme relaxation,” Stewart said of the train modeling passion he’s devoted decades of his life to. “Every person […]


Roden 1/48 Sea Gladiator

by Tom Cleaver on March 21, 2015 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

Once the Royal Navy lost control of their air arm with the consolidation of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service into the Royal Air Force in April, 1918, the service that had pioneered the naval use of […]

me and Fi-fi-2

Playing hookey from writing on a Thursday

by Tom Cleaver on March 20, 2015 in Show Reports -- 18 Comments

“Fi-Fi,” the only flying B-29 in the world (until “Doc”flies sometime this summer) is currently over at Van Nuys Airport thru Sunday. So I played hookey from writing the new book today and went over to see her. Hadn’t been […]


Airfix 1/48 Spitfire XII

by Tom Cleaver on March 19, 2015 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

Now that there aren’t any Spitfires on the main page I will post the kit I won last year here (random best choice award). The Airfix Spitfire XII, painted freehand with Tamiya RAF Ocean Grey, Dark Green and Sea Grey […]


Johnny Johnson’s Spitfire IXc EN398

by Tom Cleaver on February 21, 2015 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

Had not the RAF been able to bring a new Spitfire into combat in the summer of 1942 to face the Fw-190A that could outfly the Spitfire V on every point but turning circle, the war over Northern Europe would […]


Alex Vraciu, RIP

by Tom Cleaver on January 29, 2015 in News -- 10 Comments

Alex Vraciu departed the ship earlier today, at age 96. He was the ranking surviving American Ace of World War II at the time of his death. I had the good fortune of meeting Alex a few times at AFAA […]


Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1A Corsair

by Tom Cleaver on January 22, 2015 in Reviews -- 12 Comments

Designed in response to a Bureau of Aeronautics request for proposal in February 1938, for a single-engine fighter with a top speed over 350 mph, a landing speed of 70 mph and a range of 1,000 miles, Vought’s XF4U-1 Corsair […]


Visiting the CAF Hellcat “Minsi III”

by Tom Cleaver on January 19, 2015 in Show Reports -- 13 Comments

Spent this morning out at the CAF Museum in Camarillo with David P. and Chris McCampbell, son and grandson of Navy Ace of Aces Dave McCampbell. The CAF guys gave us a really nice tour, and even cranked up that […]

Macchi M 33 005

A New Year’s present from Bill Bosworth

by Tom Cleaver on December 31, 2014 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

Here is Bill Bosworth’s latest scratchbuilt masterpiece:a 1/32 Macchi M.33 Schneider Cup Racer. Bill is currently working on an M.52, which will complete his collection of Italian Schneider racers. For those newcomers here, Bill Bosworth was the founder of Accurate […]


Last of 2014: Hobby Boss 1/48 P-47D-25

by Tom Cleaver on December 31, 2014 in Aviation -- 3 Comments

Last model of 2014: Hub Zemke’s P-47D-25 – “Oregon’s Britannia.” No less than Jimmy Doolittle praised Zemke as his “greatest fighter group commander.” Some may claim Don Blakeslee deserved the role, but Zemke was a professional officer who had the […]