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Doolittle Raider "Mark Twain" Bombsight


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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

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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 marketing@sacmuseum.org.

 

 

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northcoastaero

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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benguttery

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

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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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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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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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doinworkinvans

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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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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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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