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Doolittle Raider "Mark Twain" Bombsight

Started by cutiger83 , Apr 11 2016 06:34 PM

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#1 cutiger83

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 06:34 PM

As many of you know, the Doolittle Raiders used a special bombsight nicknamed the "Mark Twain" rather than the Norden one. The one used by the Raiders only cost 20 cents to make. I have seen pictures of this special bombsight but cannot find anything about the dimensions. I am planning on making one for a display.

 

Have any of you ever seen the bombsight described with the dimensions? I would like to make this one as accurate as possible.

 

Thanks a bunch, Kat



#2 cutiger83

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 06:51 PM

This is a picture of the bombsight from the Doolittle Raider website.

 

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 07:01 PM

Try contacting the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum in Ashland, NE.

 

They have a mock up on display.

 

I can't seem to find an email address for them, but here is a phone directory.

 

http://sacmuseum.org/staff-directory/

 

And I did find this about exhibits:  Deb Hermann at 402-944-3100×220 or [email protected].

 

 

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 07:04 PM

Thanks for the information!

 

...Kat



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Posted 13 April 2016 - 05:47 PM

I am almost certain that there was a seller on ebay.com that was making reproductions of these within the past couple of years.  I will do more research.



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Posted 31 May 2016 - 06:41 PM

Agree that someone was selling them recently for perhaps $200.  There is also one on display at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas.



#7 cutiger83

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 12:17 PM

I realized I never posted pictures of the finished product. It amazes me that someone is trying to sell these for $150. I was able to make this one for under $5 and that includes the base. I hope you like the finished product. I was proud of how it turned out. 

 

..Kat

 

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 12:35 PM

Nice one Kat!



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Posted 07 March 2017 - 12:45 PM

Nice one Kat!

 

 

Thanks so much! ...Kat



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Posted 07 March 2017 - 04:43 PM

Kat your bomb site really turned out great!

What did you finally use for your dimensions? I would like to try my hand at one.

Thanks,

CB



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Posted 07 March 2017 - 05:02 PM

I realized I never posted pictures of the finished product. It amazes me that someone is trying to sell these for $150. I was able to make this one for under $5 and that includes the base. I hope you like the finished product. I was proud of how it turned out. 

 

..Kat

 

 

Wow... really really nice, Kat.



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Posted 07 March 2017 - 05:25 PM

Yea....but it didn't cost 20cents....so can you really call it that?!

Just messing....I think that look really awesome!

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 05:48 PM

Nice work Kat..

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 05:57 PM

Impressive

#15 cutiger83

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 06:41 PM

Everyone, 

 

Thanks so much for the kind comments. I really appreciate it very much. 

 

...Kat



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Posted 08 March 2017 - 02:23 AM

Very nice, actually looks better than some of the repros I've seen

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 08:03 AM

Very cool undertaking! Turned out great! 

 

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 08:21 AM

Tom and JD, 

 

Thank you very much! 

 

Ghost, 

 

I sent you a PM. 

 

...Kat



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Posted 08 March 2017 - 10:59 AM

Neat! You're ready for the bomb run, Kat!
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Posted 08 March 2017 - 11:13 AM

Neat! You're ready for the bomb run, Kat!
Terry

 

 

Working on it! The bombardier's bicycle seat is currently at the shop getting new leather!  :)

 

...Kat



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Posted 08 March 2017 - 11:49 AM

Good job, Kat! Now all you need to do is mount it on your favorite B-25 and drop a few practice bombs with it. LOL Bob



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Posted 08 March 2017 - 12:53 PM

Very nice work! It looks just like the one in the black and white photo you posted.

 

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#23 cutiger83

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 01:00 PM

Thanks Bob and RC! 

 

...Kat



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Posted 08 March 2017 - 01:03 PM

Are you working on the B-25?



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Posted 09 March 2017 - 03:55 AM

Thanks Kat!


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