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:


iModeler Review: The terrible, no good, awful, fatally-flawed Eduard 1/48 Bf-109G-6 (not!)

by Tom Cleaver on May 23, 2014 in Reviews -- 40 Comments

Gerhard “Gerd” Barkhorn joined the Luftwaffe in 1937 and completed his pilot training in 1939. Flying combat with JG 52 through the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain in 1940, he remained scorelewss though he was shot down […]


Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

by Tom Cleaver on May 23, 2014 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

Yossarian: “Is Orr crazy?” Doc Daneeka: “Of course he is. He has to be crazy to keep flying after all the close calls he’s had.” Yossarian: “Why can’t you ground him?” Doc Daneeka: “I can, but first he has to […]

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The (not so) “Great 109Gate” Brew-Ha-Ha

by Tom Cleaver on May 16, 2014 in Reviews -- 69 Comments

As with most Brew-Ha-ha’s (that’s an alcohol-fueled argument anyone outside of it will laugh at) at Hyperscale, the Great 109Gate Whine is mostly “overscale” in the amount of hot air expended by people who don’t know what they’re talking about […]


1/48 Avia S.199 conversion

by Tom Cleaver on May 16, 2014 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

Today is May 15, the 66th anniversary of commencement of the Israeli War of Independence. In honor of that date…. The Egyptian Army thought they would smash Israel in a matter of weeks following the outbreak of war after the […]


Presenting the Bremont Horsemen

by Tom Cleaver on May 4, 2014 in Show Reports -- 11 Comments

Chino 2014. First display by the Bremont Horsemen, the first F-86 flight demonstration team since the JASDF Blue Impulse and the RAAF Black Panthers. The only civilian team ever.. Sorry for the (photographically) horrid shot. I went to the show […]


RIP: James A. Goodson 1921-2014

by Tom Cleaver on May 1, 2014 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

If Jimmy Goodson hadn’t made me his friend 30 years ago and encouraged my writing about Second World War aviation, it’s very likely you wouldn’t know my name. From the Washington Post obituary: James Goodson wanted to see the world […]


Classic Airframes 1/48 Meteor T.7

by Tom Cleaver on April 30, 2014 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

After three years of operating the Meteor, it was becoming obvious that there was a need for a trainer, so that new jet pilots could have the opportunity of learning more about their mounts before being turned loose on their […]


Tamiya 1/48 F4D-1 Skyray

by Tom Cleaver on April 28, 2014 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

The Douglas F4D-1 Skyray was the first Navy fighter capable of that could exceed Mach 1 in level flight. It was the first carrier-based fighter to hold the world’s absolute speed record, and was the last fighter built by the […]


Gloster Meteor N.F.11 and N.F.14

by Tom Cleaver on April 24, 2014 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

Here are the Classic Airframes Gloster Meteor N.F.11, limited-run injection-molded kit, and the Aeroclub Meteor N.F.14, multi-media vacuform. Both 1/48, the N.F.11 built in 2004 and the N.F.14 in 2002. Following the conclusion of the Second World War, the RAF’s […]


Today in history: 21 April

by Tom Cleaver on April 21, 2014 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

Today in history: 21 April is the 96th anniversary of the death in action of Baron Manfred von Richtofen. Thought I’d take a moment to refer you down memory lane to my post and model of his Dr.I, which you […]