View Full Version : How do you use bomb reticule on SBD-3 1941 version?

10-31-2004, 12:05 AM
I looked in manual and readme but I'm still clueless. Should this site be used in level or dive bombing and what exactly do the 100/150/200 rings mean? Thanks!

10-31-2004, 12:21 AM
control D

10-31-2004, 12:33 AM
Ctrl-D is not required on the SBD (at least not on the version I've flown).

It's for dive bombing.

The rings are for estimating lead. Unless your dive is 100% vertical you'll need to lead the target slightly to hit it. Don't ask me how much lead to apply, I haven't had a chance to practice yet http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

10-31-2004, 11:46 AM
I've been trying to find an answer to this too.
When I click CTRL-D I hear a slight click noise, but nothing seems to change. Can somebody supply an "idiots guide" to using the dive-bombing sight in these US divebombers please? So far I've just been using the tiny circle-sight that's offset to the left side with a tiny cross-hair...

Cheers people,


10-31-2004, 02:02 PM
Why doesn't my American Gunsight work?



10-31-2004, 04:03 PM
Ok, but is SHIFT-F1 a gunsight or a bomb-sight? Do they do the same thing on the Dauntless? Why is this so complicated?


10-31-2004, 04:12 PM
I think what you do is put the target in the middle of the circle. And the little corsair on the left is for Machine guns. Try to use bombsight velocity and staff like that buttons. I just started a campaing on Coral Sea map. After my first mission which was rescue i have to sink a submarine. So i have to learn how to use it too.

10-31-2004, 04:46 PM
Press shift f1 if your bomb site does not work.
Then press ctrl d. your sight should work then.

10-31-2004, 04:47 PM
CTR-D is to bring up a darker lens cover in the German aifcraft. (ie Ki61) Doesnt do anything for other aircraft, thats why you just hear it click.

Shift-F1 just gives you a close up view of the gun sight. Doesnt flip up the bomb sight. It flipped up automatically for me when I started a run on a carrier.

As for how to use it, I am as lost as the rest of you.

10-31-2004, 04:58 PM
My mistake you are right about ctrl d.I just tried flying over open ocean no ships. All
you have to do to get the bomb sight to come up
in SBD is hit Shift f1.I got it to come up in level flightover empty ocean.

11-01-2004, 10:22 AM
Thanks for your answers, pilots!

SHIFT-F1 definately brings up a different sight to the normal gunsight, so I assume that's the way to work it. As to what the different numbers on the reticle mean...well, a tutorial would haave been nice, but I seem to be hitting my targets, and bombs on decks is what counts!

CTRL-D does nothing, as Apollyon01 has said.

Thanks again.


11-01-2004, 12:06 PM
I haven't actually tried dive bombing yet, but I have noticed the telescopic gunsight the Dauntless has.

My initial guess would be that the lines represent the angle you should take when dropping at a certain altitude when attacking a ship from astern (rear)

Perhaps 100 is 1000 feet on release, 150 is 1500 feet on release, and 200 is 2,000 feet on release. This is just a guess though, hopefully someone will post who knows for sure what it all means.

11-01-2004, 12:20 PM
You keep the target in the center of the sight, then you crash into it.

Kamikaze, the new noob plane.

11-01-2004, 01:52 PM
I Belive it's ctrlF1 or whatever keys are mapped to your gunsight view. That'll get you looking thru the scope. Then just keep the target centered and you should get a hit.