Airplane Rocker - F4U Corsair

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Project by Gary posted 02-05-2012 09:20 PM 10747 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my second daughter was old enough, it only made sense for her to have a plane, too. I started from scratch and scaled a new Corsair using lessons learned from my earlier attempt. The bent wing design is big and impressive, as is the actual airplane if you get a chance to stand next to one. This airplane rocker measures 64” long with 76” of wingspan and weighs 45 pounds. Probably approaching the max envelope for functional size.
The Corsair and Mustang are two of my favorite aircraft, which makes it very rewarding to design/build them as children’s rockers.

-- Gary - just N of Great Falls, MT

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#1 posted 02-05-2012 09:38 PM

Your the rocker plane man Gary,way cool ,another winner.


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#2 posted 02-05-2012 09:42 PM

Love your projects! And your choice of cool aircraft!!

Don’t know it it is true but I once heard the “Gull” wing was needed to raise the plane height so the prop was further off the ground. Probably just an urban legend.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 02-05-2012 10:27 PM

Very nice, my daughter wants one, but I have to explain to her that she is 7 and the size I would have to build would be close to an actual size plane.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 02-06-2012 02:39 AM

Absolutely AWESOME idea! The Corsair was the sexiest aircraft ever produced by this country- anyone who disagrees must be Air Force, lol. When the youngest future piot is a wee bigger, I have GOT to put one of those on the flight line!

For what it’s worth: Lew, it’s not urban legend- that engine was the most powerfull put into a fighter at that time; in order to make the most use of it, we put a monster prop on it. It was designed for Navy/Marine Corps (carrier landings), so landing gear couldn’t be too tall, hence the gull wings. Thanks for letting me draw from my repository of superfluous knowledge…

-- Matt

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#5 posted 02-08-2012 12:35 AM

These rockers are great. I would like to expand on them and make a C-130 Hercules for some of my friends children. Is it okay for me to use this four-way rocker design?

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#6 posted 02-08-2012 02:21 AM

Be my guest. No patent pending. I have explored building other airplanes (P38, B17, B29, etc.) that go beyond the single engine fixed wing. There were some pretty interesting challenges that I wasn’t really motivated to pursue, but given enough thought and ability, still doable. I would really love to see your finished product. Let me know if I can be of any assistance.
Note: coincidentally, here in Great Falls, MT, our ANG F-15 fighter wing is being replaced with C-130’s in the near future. We’ll miss the F-15’s, but are glad we still have something flying in the plan (until the DoD changes it’s mind again)
Best of luck,

-- Gary - just N of Great Falls, MT

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#7 posted 02-08-2012 02:49 AM

They are way cool…

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#8 posted 02-08-2012 02:00 PM

Thanks. I spent many years jumping from C-130s and C-141s down at Fort Bragg. Getting ready to retire and starting to get into wood working. I’ll post a picture once complete….although it may be a few months.

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#9 posted 02-08-2012 05:08 PM

Ironically, the F4U’s design is responsible for the success of Grumman’s F6F Hellcat. Issues with training resulting from the difficulty in seeing the flight deck upon approach delayed carrier deployment and created a need for an alternative which Grumman filled with the F6F. The F6F was the most effective US fighter of the war with the largest number of confirmed kills.

These are very cool rockers. I love the fact that you didn’t distort the proportions.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#10 posted 02-10-2012 03:04 AM

Nice job on the rockers. The Corsair is one of my favourite planes too. I love the sound of that huge radial engine

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#11 posted 10-02-2012 01:37 AM

Finally getting ready to start building the C-130 rocker for my son’s Christmas present. Curious as to what kind of wood you used for the body and wings? Looks like pine?

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#12 posted 04-21-2013 02:17 AM


I live close to the Evergreen Air museum, I have seen the “Spruce Goose”, which is displayed there. They have a Mig and even an ME-109.

From looking your things over; you would have to be extracted from the museum at closing time with a chain!

Pearson Air museum is also close here in Vancouver WA. I was along when a man donated his Ercoupe to them. They also have a great small musuem! Here are the links to a few air museums.
My Uncle, donated his Ercoupe to this museum(Minot) in his will.

Hope the airplane fanatics enjoy the links.

Fargo, ND also has an air museum. They even have the Corsair.

I have also had a personal tour of a Boeing C-17, in CA.

I have been in a Boeing C-17 before it ever left the ground!

I have some pictures if you want, of quite a few different aircraft.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#13 posted 09-19-2014 08:01 AM

Do you have plans for all your aircraft and if so
Where can I buy them from

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