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Airfix 1/72 Dornier Do-17Z

by Tom Cleaver on July 9, 2015 in Reviews -- 13 Comments

The Dornier Do-17 series was referred to as the Fliegender Bleistift (“flying pencil”), due to its narrow fuselage. The original story about the origins of the Do-17 was that it was designed as a fast mail plane with limited passenger-carrying […]

Special Hobby 1/48 Grumman AF-2S and AF-2W Guardians

by Tom Cleaver on June 25, 2015 in Uncategorized -- 12 Comments

The Grumman AF-2 Guardian series were the largest single engine piston-engine aircraft to ever operate from carriers, which is pretty surprising since they flew from CVEs for the most part. The Guardian was the first purpose-built anti- submarine warfare carrier- […]

AMK 1/48 Aero L-29 Delfin

by Tom Cleaver on June 12, 2015 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

The Aero L-29 Delfin (Dolphin)was Czechoslovakia’s first locally-designed and built jet aircraft, and became the standard jet trainer for all Warsaw Pact air forces (other than Poland) during the 1960s. The prototype XL-29, designed by Z. Rublic and K. Tomáš, […]

Shades of Yossarian.

by Tom Cleaver on June 10, 2015 in Aviation -- 1 Comment

There were (until this find last year) virtually no photographs of Joseph Heller, the author of “Catch-22” from World War 2. This 6-minute segment comes from what was a 73-minute documentary made by 340th BombGroup Public Relations Officer Lt. Wilbur […]

New Airfix kits

by Tom Cleaver on June 10, 2015 in Reviews -- 12 Comments

Just received the review kit of the new Airfix 1/48 Spitfire I (Hornby USA not having its head up its posterior about review kits, as Hornby UK has done). In case you were wondering, it’s as beautiful as the new […]

Remembering Dick Best and the Battle of Midway, 4 June 1942

by Tom Cleaver on June 4, 2015 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

Today is the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Midway, the battle that changed the course of the war in the Pacific. I’d like to take this time to remember my friend, the late Richard H. “Dick” Best, the only […]

Dragon 1/48 Ju-88A-4

by Tom Cleaver on May 26, 2015 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

The Ju-88 series is said to prove the effectiveness of the German philosophy of using one good basic airframe for a variety of missions. Actually, the Ju-88 was not the result of such a design philosophy, but rather was so […]

Revell-Germany 1/48 Me-410B-2/U4

by Tom Cleaver on May 21, 2015 in Aviation -- 10 Comments

The Messeschmitt Me-410 was essentially a redesigned Me-210, with a lengthened fuselage and DB603 engines rather than the DB605 of the earlier design. This redesign solved the problems of the Me-210, which were so difficult that it was deemed prudent […]

Classic Airframes 1/48 Westland Whirlwind Mk. I

by Tom Cleaver on May 13, 2015 in Uncategorized -- 7 Comments

This is my Classic Airframes Whirlwind I, from the 2003 re-release of the Classic Airframes kit. The Westland Whirlwind was, at the time of its initial appearance, one of the most advanced fighter aircraft ever built. Unfortunately, it was built […]

The only flying Seversky in the world

by Tom Cleaver on May 7, 2015 in Show Reports -- 5 Comments

I noticed in comments on the P-36C that our Swedish friends haven’t forgotten the P-35s their government once ordered that ended up in the Philippines (where one actually shot down a Zero on December 9, 1941). This is the two-seat […]