Modeling by Tom Cleaver

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Author of “Air Combat Annals”, an e-book you can pick up here:


Hasegawa 1/48 Typhoons

by Tom Cleaver on June 22, 2013 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

It’s hard to believe these cardoor and bubbletop Typhoons from Hasegawa are going on 15 years old, but the cardoor kit was released in the summer of 1998, with the bubbletop released that fall. Traditionally, the hallmark of a successful [...]


iModeler Review: 1/48 Hobby Boss Focke-Wulf Fw-190D-9

by Tom Cleaver on June 20, 2013 in Reviews -- 12 Comments

So, Martin asked me if I was interested in doing the kit and I said yes and a week later the box arrived. Of the four Dora-9 kits out there in 1/48 (Dragon/Trimaster/Italerei, Tamiya, Eduard and now Hobby Boss) it [...]


Another Eduard Spitfire IX re-post

by Tom Cleaver on June 19, 2013 in Uncategorized -- 5 Comments

I just love it when I build a model and within days discover that nearly everything I did on it was wrong. So I took the model that was recently posted and re-did it into something correct. If you’re interested [...]


Another #$%^#@!! Hasegawa Fw-190??

by Tom Cleaver on June 16, 2013 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

Yeah, another Hasegawa Fw-190 – it’s what happens when you buy a stash of kits that were previously owned by a guy who liked the Fw-190 as much as I do. This is the limited-run Fw-190A-9, last of the radial [...]


The air war after D-Day – Hasegawa 1/32 Fw-190A-8 flown by Hans Dortenmann

by Tom Cleaver on June 8, 2013 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

When the Allied armies landed on the Normandy peninsula on June 6, 1944, there were fewer Luftwaffe aircraft to oppose the invasion than had been available two years earlier at the time of the Dieppe Raid. JG2 – the unit [...]


In honor of D-Day: Priller’s Wurger

by Tom Cleaver on June 6, 2013 in Aviation -- 4 Comments

This is the 1/32 Hasegawa Fw-190A-8, done in the markings of Josef Priller, Kommodore of JG 26, the airplane in which he made his famous “strafing run” over Juno, Gold and Sword beaches on D-Day, the only appearance of the [...]


Another 1/48 Hasegawa Fw-190A-4

by Tom Cleaver on June 5, 2013 in Aviation -- 6 Comments

Another project from the stash of the modeler’s estate sale. This is what happens if you fail in your assignment to build everything in your stash: your wife puts them in the estate sale cheap and somebody like me comes [...]


Zvezda Yak-3

by Tom Cleaver on May 29, 2013 in Aviation -- 3 Comments

Given the editor reviewed the kit i thought I might show what it looks like finished. This is an excellent kit, as the video review reveals. I would be very happy if Zvezda were to do the rest of the [...]


Eduard and Roden 1/48 Fokker D.VII

by Tom Cleaver on May 27, 2013 in Aviation -- 4 Comments

Both done about 7-8 years ago when the kits first came out. The Eduard kit is an OAW-built D.VII in the famous markings of an otherwise-unknown airplane, with the markings of The Seven Swabians, an ancient German folk tale about [...]


The good old days

by Tom Cleaver on May 25, 2013 in Aviation -- 1 Comment

Walt reminds me what fun Stearmans are. (“A Stearman isn’t landed til it’s shut down, chocked down and tied down”) Air-to-airs of various Stearmans up in the Sacramento area back in the 70s. The first 3 shots are our Stearman [...]