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Tom Cleaver
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For my Aussie and Kiwi friends on ANZAC Day

April 25, 2020 · in Aviation · · 11 · 1.3K

I've had a lot of Aussie and Kiwi friends over the years, going back to meeting fellow sailors of the respective navies "back in the day." Some of my best friends nowadays are from "Down Under."

As it turns out, I have quite a collection of Aussie and Kiwi airplanes. So here they are:

WNW 1/32 R.E.8 of 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, 1917-18.

Special Hobby 1/48 RAF Wirraway, 1942.

Special Hobby 1/48 Boomerang, 1943-44.

Revell RNZAF 1/48 PV-1 Ventura, 1943.

Hasegawa 1/48 P-40E-1, RAAF, 77 Squadron Leader Richard Cresswell, 1942.

Hasegawa 1/32 P-40M, RNZAF, Flt. Lt. Geoff Fisken, 14 Squadron, 1943.

Hasegawa 1/32 P-40M, RNZAF, Flt. Sgt. Lyn William Williams, 16 Squadron, 1943.

Airfix 1/48 Tomahawk II, RAF, Flt. Lt. Clive Caldwell, 112 Squadron, 1942.

Hasegawa 1/32 Kittyhawk Ia, RAF, Flt. Lt. Clive Caldwell, 112 Squadron, 1942

Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire VIII, RAAF, Wing Commander Clive Caldwell, 1944

Hasegawa/Aeroclub 1/48 Spitfire VIII, Wing Commander Robert Gibbes, 1944.

Airfix 1/48 Sea Fury FB 11, 805 Squadron RAN, Korea 1952.

Airfix 1/48 Meteor F.8, Flt Sgt George Hall, 77 Squadron 1952.

Airfix 1/48 Meteor F.8, Flt. Sgt. Philip Zupp, 77 Squadron 1952.

Hasegawa/Red Roo 1/48 Sabre 31, 76 Squadron, 1960s.

Hmmm... I didn't realize I had so many.

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  1. Nice collection and thought Tom

    Lest we forget...

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    said on April 25, 2020

    Thanks, Tom, for joining the Anzac spirit. Good on ya mate.

  3. Great collection,Tom. And of course excellently built.

  4. That’s a big collection, and with a diversity that only SIG people usually have. Congrats Tom

  5. Thanks for posting this Tom. The thought is most appreciated on this day down under.

  6. Wow! You have a terrific collection of ANZAC aircraft. Very nicely done, indeed!

    Tom: The wartime journal of General George Kenney (Commander of the Fifth Air Force) is an excellent place to find lots of info about the USA's air war in the Pacific, starting with the build-up in Australia. I found this wartime journal absolutely fascinating, since all of the "big name" fighter aces (on the USAAF side), worked for GEN Kenney. The book gives insight into the logistics bases in Australia, and details the fighting as it moved Northward from Port Moresby, then onto the Northside of New Guinea. There is also a bit about "The Cactus Air Force", too. Overall, a very interesting, informative read, very much like the excellent books that you author.

  7. Great collection Tom.

  8. splendid work

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