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:


Let’s see if a good story makes this boring dark blue airplane interesting

by Tom Cleaver on November 11, 2013 in Uncategorized -- 7 Comments

If a good story can make a “boring dark blue airplane” interesting, as commenters said about Bruce Porter’s airplane, here’s a rip-roarer of a story. This is the F6F-5 Hellcat flown by my friend former ENS Clarence “Spike” Borley of […]


Eduard 1/48 F6F-5N Hellcat – celebrating the USMC 238th birthday

by Tom Cleaver on November 10, 2013 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

For the 238th birthday of the Marine Corps, the Eduard Royal Class F6F-5N flown by Bruce Porter of VMF(N)-542 at Okinawa, June 1945. Bruce Porter first entered combat in the Solomons with VMF-121 in 1943, flying the F4U-1 Corsair. He […]


B-17G at Chino

by Tom Cleaver on November 3, 2013 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

The B-17G finally flew in to Chino yesterday. Here are some shots, including one of me holding it in front of another famus Boeing product, that will give you a good idea of just how big it is.


The only UH-1B gunship left, and it’s a HA(L)-3 Sea Wolf!

by Tom Cleaver on November 3, 2013 in Show Reports -- 6 Comments

I now know what the WW2 guys feel like when they see a P-51 or an F6F or one of the other machines from their youth. Was out at Chino today, and all of a sudden I hear the unmistakeable […]


P-51A at Chino last weekend

by Tom Cleaver on November 2, 2013 in Show Reports -- 5 Comments

This is the Planes of Fame P-51A Mustang, in the markings of “Mrs. Virginia” of the 1st Air Commando Group; the original was flown by their legendary commander, Colonel Phil Cochran. Phil and the Air Commandos were immortalized in the […]


No “Chino shots” but…

by Tom Cleaver on October 27, 2013 in Uncategorized -- 6 Comments

Went out to Chino yesterday and when I got there, it was a 10/10 cloud cover at around 3,000 feet and flat light prevailed. Welcome to the world of airplane photography… And even with signs advising that nothing on the […]


Big B-17G finished!

by Tom Cleaver on October 25, 2013 in Reviews -- 18 Comments

The big H-K B-17G in my driveway. Better shots tomorrow out at Chino. The gun barrels are not installed (not doing that till it gets to its new home, learned my lesson with the big B-25). Zotz Decals to do […]


H-K 1/32 Meteor F.Mk.4 test shot

by Tom Cleaver on October 21, 2013 in Reviews -- 9 Comments

 The Meteor F.4 was the result of three separate lines of research that began shortly after 616 Squadron had taken delivery of their Meteor F.1s in 1944. The Aerodynamic Section at R.A.E. Farnborough was studying ways to improve the […]


Further progress on the big B-17G – painted!

by Tom Cleaver on October 20, 2013 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

I ended up sitting this thing on a bar stool outside and walking around it to get all the paint on. Four different shades of Alclad, and it took half a bottle of Duraluminum and a third of a bottle […]


WIP: 1/32 H-K Models Meteor F. Mk. 4 (test shot)

by Tom Cleaver on October 17, 2013 in Uncategorized -- 4 Comments

The H-K Models test shot of their new 1/32 Gloster Meteor F. Mk. 4 arrived Monday. Here is the result of about 3-4 hours of work today. The surface detail is very petite and realistic, even moreso than the B-17. […]