Modeling by Tom Cleaver

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


“Le Crouze” – the last Crusader

by Tom Cleaver on August 1, 2014 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

Here is the Hasegawa F-8E Crusader modified to be an F-8E(FN)/F-8P, using the Cutting Edge slats and flaps, dive brake, and cockpit, with decals from MDC. By 1962, the Marine Nationale was undergoing rapid modernization, with two new aircraft carriers, […]

Off-Topic – RIP my favorite actor

by Tom Cleaver on July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 13 Comments

James Garner’s favorite “James Garner moment” from his favorite of the movies he made. Mine too. The words may have been written by the best screenwriter ever, Paddy Chayefsky, but the words come from the mouth of a man who […]


Kinetic 1/48 Grumman S-2E Tracker

by Tom Cleaver on July 17, 2014 in Aviation -- 22 Comments

The Grumman S2F, nicknamed the “Stoof,” revolutionized carrier-based anti-submarine warfare. Designed in 1951 to a Navy specification calling for an aircraft capable of performing both the “hunter” and “killer” role in ASW, Grumman was awarded a contract for the G-89 […]

Fabled Fifteen Cover

“Fabled Fifteen” now available for pre-order in hardback!

by Tom Cleaver on July 16, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 3 Comments

“Fabled Fifteen: The Pacific War Saga of Carrier Air Group 15” is now available for pre-order in hardback. Casemate Publishers will release it on September 28, 2014. Casemate publishes in the US and England, so European readers should have no […]


Well, turns out I do have one last P-40…

by Tom Cleaver on July 11, 2014 in Aviation -- 14 Comments

This is the Trumpeter P-40B, done as Erik Shilling’s recon bird he flew on the first Allied offensive mission of the Pacific War, the recon flight to Bangkok on December 10, 1941. I first met Erik in the summer of […]


Lindberg (Inpact) 1/48 Bristol Bulldog

by Tom Cleaver on July 7, 2014 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

This model was done in around 2003, having been purchased a couple years earlier. Finding the SMER kit with the better decals at an “aftermarket decal sheet price” prompted me to pull the kit out of the closet and proceed. […]


The Kitty Hawk F-101C finds a good home

by Tom Cleaver on July 6, 2014 in Show Reports -- 5 Comments

That fershlugginah F-101C has found a good home, where it will be honored and respected, and seen only from a distance of 3 feet through glass. Christina Olds gave a presentation today out at Planes of Fame about her father, […]


Eduard 1/48 Dassault Mirage IIICJ “Profipack”

by Tom Cleaver on July 4, 2014 in Aviation -- 10 Comments

This model was done 10 years ago when the kit first came out. It’s still the best 1/48 Mirage kit and well worth having, particularly in the Profipack release. Like the Spitfire and the Battle of Britain, the P-51 and […]


Last P-40Es

by Tom Cleaver on July 2, 2014 in Aviation -- 4 Comments

The P-40E-1/Kittyhawk IA flown by CAPT Andrew Reynolds of the 49th FG is actually a Kittyhawk IA – the Lend-Lease version of the P-40E-1. When the 49th FG arrived in Australia in March 1942, there was not much attention paid […]


AMTech 1/48 P-40K/Kittyhawk III

by Tom Cleaver on June 30, 2014 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

This is the AMTech P-40K “big tail” which was essentially the AMT P-40E kit with a resin rear fuselage and fin. I used a True Details P-40E/N cockpit. The decals are from an early Aeromaster sheet. The airplane is a […]