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Airplane rocker with gas springs - F4U Corsair

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Project by Gary posted 02-02-2012 06:35 AM 4234 views 11 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at building an airplane rocker by scaling down from actual F4U Corsair specifications. For a more novel approach, I used gas springs (from a pickup canopy rear window) to provide the pitch and roll movement. The concept worked out well, but the activity level for the small pilot wasn’t equal to the challenge for gaining enjoyment. A few years later, when my daughter was older, this airplane (with a seatbelt added) was turned into a 3-wheeler for towing the small pilot.

-- Gary - just N of Great Falls, MT





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boxerman

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#1 posted 02-02-2012 06:50 AM

That’s very cool plane. Looks like your daughter is having fun.

-- Craig, Waterloo,IA

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#2 posted 02-02-2012 06:53 AM

Wow! This is just fantastic! I love it !!!! Nice job!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 02-02-2012 06:55 AM

Gary! Wellcome to LJ’s !

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 02-02-2012 07:12 AM

Welcome to LJs Gary
This is totally cool as good as it gets. What a cute little doll your daughter is.

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

Very cool, your kids must absolutely love it!!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#6 posted 02-02-2012 09:34 AM

OMG!!! THAT IS COOL AS HECK!!!!

-- Marine, Nurse, Dad.

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#7 posted 02-02-2012 02:50 PM

Now that’s the kind of rocker I would have made for my kid, but the wife was stuck on the horse thing. This came out great. Thanks for the post.

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#8 posted 02-02-2012 02:55 PM

This puts any rocking horse that I’ve ever seen to shame. Thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 02-02-2012 06:26 PM

That has to be one of the coolest rocking toys I’ve ever seen! Very creative, and looks to be kid tested and approved! :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#10 posted 02-02-2012 08:09 PM

Super Cool!

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#11 posted 02-02-2012 09:10 PM

first let me welcome you to Lumberjock
second its a very cool scale rocker of the Corsair
shuold be possible to make it as a three wheeled kidcar too :-)

thank´s for the sharing
and inspiring dad and grandpa´s

Dennis

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#12 posted 02-03-2012 12:56 AM

That is so cool! Foregt about the kids, I might build one for myself!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 02-03-2012 02:13 AM

I built an airplane some time ago that was controlled on a pulley system with a joystick that I called the Red Baron. Your Corsair puts mine to shame though. Very impressive.

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

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RibsBrisket4me

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#14 posted 02-03-2012 02:24 AM

That is a SWEET Corsair.

The F4 was the Lightening and the Phantom II, nicknamed the Lead Sled :-)

Corsair was the F4U.

Bullethead, retired Air Force officer ;-)

BTW——AWESOME JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#15 posted 02-03-2012 02:28 AM

Cool is right ! That was a great idea. Welcome to LJ.

I SO WISH that you could film it in action and post it. PLEASE ???

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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