Airplane Rocker - P51 Mustang

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Project by Gary posted 903 days ago 3036 views 16 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After building the Corsair rocker with gas springs, it became apparent that a less complex design for the base would make it easier to play with for a youngster. I used a P51 specifications to scale a smaller version for designing this rocker. The base allows the “pilot” to safely rock/pitch forward and aft, while also providing tilt to the sides and quartering angles. This plane was proof-tested at our preschool by a group of energetic 3 and 4 year olds. Adults were nearby to supervise and no mishaps were reported, only a great deal of fun.
I learned a lot in building this first P51 and applied that knowledge to a second one that I sold, and to future airplane rockers.
These planes are made from plywood and 2 by lumber with PVC pipe for the T-handle. The length is 66” with a wingspan of 72” and weighs about 40-45 pounds with the base.

-- Gary - just N of Great Falls, MT

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#1 posted 903 days ago

Man that’s cool !! That’s my favorite aircraft. I’ll bet she’s the envy of the flight line.

Thanks for posting

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#2 posted 903 days ago

Flight line? I’ve been looking for some, to hoist a bucket of prop wash.

I like the theme you’ve got going here! You’ve even got a wind sock on the play gym…very cool!

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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#3 posted 903 days ago


-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#4 posted 903 days ago

Wow Gary you have a whole squadron of rocker planes a fantastic job again.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 903 days ago

FANTASTIC!!! You sure have good taste in vintage WWII aircraft!!!!!!!


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#6 posted 903 days ago

Gary, that is COOL!

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#7 posted 903 days ago

Is carnival time in back of yard. Good for children. Happy times.

-- Simple Rules of Game: Smack the Donkey until he breaks.

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#8 posted 903 days ago

Wow another very cool rocker. You don’t happen to have a Spitfire version?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 903 days ago

Excellent craftsmanship…especially scaling them down. The F4U wings are perfect to my eye. Thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 903 days ago

As a newbie to LJ, I appreciate all the positive feedback. Thanks for all the compliments and comments! The woodwork I’ve seen on this site is astonishing and is a testament to an incredible peer group of members.
I do have a few more projects to share, including a couple more airplane rockers. I haven’t built a Spitfire, yet, but would more than love to if I have a delivery customer. My flightline is limited for keeping an inventory.

-- Gary - just N of Great Falls, MT

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#11 posted 903 days ago

This is just a great project….wonderful job on it.

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#12 posted 902 days ago

Gary, These are way cool for the kids. Next up a P38 .

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#13 posted 902 days ago

Wow, I like it! The 4-way rocker is really neat!


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

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#14 posted 902 days ago

Ok where is the airport ? I know you have one if not you need one!!! Oh NO! My childhood imagination is coming back to me!
Very nice work indeed!

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

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#15 posted 901 days ago

i have to build one of these sure hope i can get it correct,,very nice love it

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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