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:


Montex 1/32 Yak-1b

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

Of the many types of warplanes used by the Soviet Air Forces during the Second World War, the most celebrated, successful and widely-used were the series of fighters by the design bureau led by Alexander Sergei Yakovlev. Though they lacked […]


iModeler Review: Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Vb

by Tom Cleaver on September 3, 2014 in Reviews -- 14 Comments

For look what’s inside the box – see In the development of the Spitfire, there is a recurring theme: that outside of the Mk.I, each major sub-type used was actually a “stopgap” design while the “definitive” design undertook more […]


Hasegawa 1/48 F4U-7 Corsair

by Tom Cleaver on August 25, 2014 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

The United States had the chance in 1945 to avoid 55 years of history, the deaths of over 58,000 Americans, several million Vietnamese and other Southeast Asians, and the self-confidence of America as a country. All that had to be […]


F2G “super Corsair” Race #57 – Special Hobby 1/48

by Tom Cleaver on August 20, 2014 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

While many believe that the Goodyear F2G “Super” Corsair began life as the “answer” to the threat posed by the Kamikazes beginning in November 1944, such is not the case. Had Goodyear waited till then to begin developing such an […]


August 9, 1952: Sea Fury: 1 – MiG-15: 0

by Tom Cleaver on August 8, 2014 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

Fisher Models 1/32 Sea Fury F.B.11. Done as Peter “Hoagy” Carmichael’s airplane. The Sea Fury’s introduction to combat came in the fall of 1950 when 807 Squadron, operating from HMS “Theseus,” joined Task Force 95, the Korean blockade force. Operating […]


Hasegawa F-86A Sabre

by Tom Cleaver on August 6, 2014 in Aviation -- 6 Comments

This is the 1/48 Hasegawa F-86 Sabre, using the Cutting Edge resin conversion set and Meteor Productions decals to create an F-86A Sabre. It is very likely that the world’s first supersonic aircraft was not the Bell X-1 research aircraft, […]


Hasegawa F-8H Crusader

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

Here is the Hasegawa F-8 done as an F-8H using the full Cutting Edge conversion set and Meteor Productions decals. There’s an old saying that “it’s better to be lucky than good.” The Chance Vought F-8 Crusader series was not […]


“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 […]