What is Project Ruptured Duck?

Project Ruptured Duck is a handcrafted one-off custom vehicle, designed and built by Brycen Smith. 


This idea to build an aircraft-themed car was born in 2007, then over time designed and built to have the look and feel of a B-25 Mitchell Bomber, inspired by the Doolittle Raider ‘Ruptured Duck’ bomber in WWII. 


Upon completion and the sale of the car, I will donate 45% of the proceeds to Home For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that “builds mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans Post – 9/11, to enable them to rebuild their lives.”


I will also donate 5% of the proceeds to the American Aeronautical Foundation (AAF) in Camarillo, California, which works “to help preserve the aviation legacy of our World War II Veterans and the aircraft they flew.” 


Read more about the history, design/build process, and ultimate goal of this unique project.  


Follow the design process from conception to completion.

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About the builder

Brycen Smith

My professional career fabricating and building custom cars began in 2005, and I currently work for Trick-Tools as the in-house Fabrication Specialist for Marketing and Product Development.

Cars have always been a passion of mine. I’ve pursued my career as a builder since high school. This career has allowed me to build numerous high-end custom cars of all makes and models, as well as to work on at least one SEMA feature vehicle every year since 2008, totaling fourteen features. I have 16 years of fabricating experience, but my love for building and cars reaches back to my early childhood.

Thank you for taking the time to read about The Ruptured Duck. I am incredibly excited as this project continues to move forward and feel extremely fortunate to have this opportunity. I would love to talk with you more about it.  




Brycen Smith




Pella, Iowa

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