by Arlo Schroeder
Text by Ben Backes
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Arlo Schroeder has a special connection with the Avenger, yet he
never planned to scratch build three of them! As a member of VT-10
“Buzzard Brigade” during WWII, Arlo made two cruises as the turret
gunner of an Avenger crew.
|This crew photo shows (from left to right) Gunner
AMM2C Arlo Schroeder, Pilot LtJG O.C. Guthrie, and radioman Earle
Turkey No. 1
- 1/32 Scale
This is a scratchbuilt 1:32nd scale TBF-1C BuNo 47826 of VT-10 aboard
CV-6 USS Enterprise February 1944. The aircraft was flown by the
Commanding Officer, Cmdr. William I. Martin.
had entered it in the IPMS/USA Nationals in San Francisco one year and
won first place in the scratchbuilt category. By the time the next year
rolled around he hadn’t finished his next project so instead he took his
Avenger again, but just for display. This time the National convention
was in Washington, DC. At the show Arlo was approached by Robert Mikesh,
a curator with the National Air and Space Museum who asked if Arlo would
donate it to the museum.
Arlo said no, but that he would make another one for them. They
agreed but Mikesh asked if he could make it twice as large.
Turkey No. 2
- 1/16 Scale
|Taxiing around the porch with Ensign G.I. Joe at
the controls. 1:16th scale. Same aircraft as above
Here is a small selection of construction photos and
cockpit detail shots. The angles of the wingfold were critical to keep
the wings from hitting the ground, so Arlo made a wooden jig to make
sure everything was right. The rest of the construction follows Arlo’s
usual method. See other articles on his models for more information.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger
On display at the NASM
After delivering the model, the museum again asked Arlo to build an
Avenger model, but this time as a gift for someone who had flown them.
Arlo agreed but on the condition that he could meet the person.
Turkey No. 3
- 1/32 Scale
|1:32nd scale TBM-1C BuNo 46214 of VT-51 aboard
CVL-30 USS San Jacinto flown by George Bush.
For this project Arlo elected to eliminate many of the working features
and instead mounted the model on a stand going up into the bomb-bay. It
was designed so that President Bush could change the angle to display it
how he preferred. In addition to the name “Barbara” under the
windscreen, the gunner also had his girlfriend’s name, Ginny, under the
|Arlo and Katherine Schroeder visit President Bush
on 4/5/1990 with the NASM’s Tom Dietz to present the model.
Okay, so you and I may not be able to build an Avenger like Arlo, but if
you have this Accurate Miniatures kit, then you can build Arlo’s
Avenger. That’s him in the turret on his second cruise.
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