Modeling by Tom Cleaver


1/48 Dragon Fw-190A “opened up”

by Tom Cleaver on May 4, 2015 in Aviation -- 12 Comments

Heinz Bär – Experte: As an air‑minded working-class teenager, Heinz Bär took up the sport of gliding and soon became a qualified powered aircraft pilot at age of 17. With hopes of eventually flying for Deutsche Lufthansa, he joined the […]


Accurate Miniaturs B-25C/RAF Mitchell II

by Tom Cleaver on April 17, 2015 in Uncategorized -- 6 Comments

The North American B-25 Mitchell is one of the legendary aircraft of the Second World War. If the airplane had done nothing else but fly off the U.S.S. “Hornet” with Doolittle’s Raiders to strike the Japanese homeland four and a […]


Hasegawa 1/48 F-86E conversion

by Tom Cleaver on April 10, 2015 in Aviation -- 15 Comments

The F-86E Sabre began life as the NA-170, with initial development commencing on November 15, 1949, with a contract for 111 aircraft under the designation F-86E finalized on January 17, 1950. Externally, the F-86E was identical to the late production […]


1/48 Accurate Miniatures B-25D Mitchell “Red Wrath” of the 345th Bomb Group. “Air Apaches”

by Tom Cleaver on April 8, 2015 in Aviation -- 15 Comments

I built “Red Wrath” in 2004 and rediscovered the model the other week when going through boxes that had been in storage for 10 years at the place we lived before moving here to Encino. I decided to re-photograph the […]


ProModeler (Revell) 1/48 Bf-110G-4

by Tom Cleaver on April 5, 2015 in Aviation -- 15 Comments

One of the well-known “facts” regarding aviation development during the Second World War is that the Messerschmitt Bf-110 series was “a compromise in conflicting requirements, resulting in a mediocrity,” with a combat performance that relegated it to being considered a […]


Today is National Medal of Honor Day in the U.S.

by Tom Cleaver on March 27, 2015 in News -- 8 Comments

Here are the citations for the Medal of Honor of people I have known or been fortunate to write about (I am currently writing about the Chosin campaign, which covers most of the USMC MoH citations, who were people I […]

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 […]