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


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. […]


Trumpeter 1/32 P-38 Lightnings

by Tom Cleaver on October 16, 2013 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

Mark’s really nice Trumpeter P-38 reminded me I hadn’t shown any of my Trumpeter P-38s. They are: P-38L OOB other than seat belts and Eagle Edition decals, to do Tommy McGuire’s last “Pudgy.” P-38H done as McGuire’s first “Pudgy,” using […]

Just a little news

by Tom Cleaver on October 16, 2013 in Uncategorized -- 6 Comments

For those on Facebook, I have started a new page, “Naval Aviation 1911-56.” Since no one else had started a specific page for naval aviation, it fills a blank, and it allows me to publicize my books. But other authors […]


“Spam Can” in her new incarnation at Chino today

by Tom Cleaver on October 12, 2013 in Show Reports -- 11 Comments

Every few years, Planes of Fame repaints “Spam Can” (the world’s oldest continuously-licensed P-51D, since 1957) to represent a famous P-51. She is now in the markings of the 506th Fighter Group, one of the VLR Mustang groups operating over […]

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Another Bosworth Beauty: 1/32 Ryan B.1 Brougham – “The MGM plane”

by Tom Cleaver on October 11, 2013 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

Another one from Bill. From his e-mail: In 1927 MGM contracted with Ryan to take a B1 Brougham and to convert it to carry Leo the MGM lion on a promotional tour of the East Coast. The plane was modified […]

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Last one: Bill Bosworth’s 1/32 scratchbuilt Bell YFM-1 Airacuda

by Tom Cleaver on October 10, 2013 in Aviation -- 19 Comments

“I’m not worthy!” Erik Shilling, who actually flew this contraption in 1940, told me it had to be towed to the takeoff point on the runway to avoid overheating, and because it was all-electric, if you lost the generator (as […]

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Bill Bosworth – 1/32 scratchbuilt Fw-189 “Uhu”

by Tom Cleaver on October 10, 2013 in Aviation -- 3 Comments

One of those “I think I’ll take up stamp collecting after seeing this” models. 1/32 scratchbuilt Fw-189 “Uhu” in winter camouflage.

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More Bill Bosworth – Republic Rainbow airliner

by Tom Cleaver on October 10, 2013 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

1/48 scratchbuilt Republic Rainbow. Probably one of the most beautiful multi-engine propeller airplanes ever flown. Had the Air Force picked it up, there was a plan at the end of the war for American Airlines to use it as a […]

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Bill Bosworth’s scratchbuilt Fokker T-2

by Tom Cleaver on October 10, 2013 in Aviation -- 4 Comments

Bill would kill me with his bare hands were I to actually refer to him as “the legendary Bill Bosworth,” but in fact that title is true, though it should never be used since he would deny all. So just […]


Tamiya 1/48 P-51Ds

by Tom Cleaver on October 10, 2013 in Aviation -- 15 Comments

Some Tamiya 1/48 P-51Ds, Glenn Eagleston’s “Eagle”, 353rd FS, 354th “Pioneer Mustang” FG. “Grim Reaper” – 356th FS, 354th FG (I would love to see some warbird owner do this on a flyer) Bud Anderson’s “Old Crow” from the 357th […]