Airplane Rocker - P40 Warhawk

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Project by Gary posted 923 days ago 4126 views 15 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this airplane rocker as a gift for a relative’s firstborn child (due May 2012). It’s still a surprise and significantly early, but I hope they like it and have room to store it. The P40 is the soon-to-be grandfather’s favorite aircraft.
Enjoyed designing and putting this one together. The P40 maybe wasn’t the most popular aircraft of its day, but it has distinct, recognizeable features that make it unique. The assembly was much like my P51’s, except with practice has come proficiency. Getting the “sharks mouth” just right was a challenge for my painting skills. It scaled down nicely to just the right sized rocker.
Probably need to make a couple of flightline deliveries before filling any new orders.

-- Gary - just N of Great Falls, MT

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#1 posted 923 days ago

Now that is pretty cool. It should make some little pilot happy. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#2 posted 923 days ago

These rockers are really cool! Great job!

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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#3 posted 923 days ago

That is really a great rocker. I am sure it will get a lot of use

-- Norman

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#4 posted 923 days ago

too bad you didn’t enter that in the toy contest…ida voted for it

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#5 posted 923 days ago

Your models are just terrific!

Need suggestions?

de Havilland Misquito

F86 SaberJet

Pitts Special

Stearman PT17


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#6 posted 923 days ago

This is the coolest of the group of your rocker planes you’ve made.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 923 days ago

I am loving all of them. Maybe a Spitfire next???
Just wondering if an adult would fit on these…really, just wondering:)

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

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#8 posted 923 days ago

Well done! Lucky kid.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 923 days ago

These are great. My son would have loved something like this. Being an ex-aircraft mechanic, I’m partial to the one in the last picture. Thanks for posting these.

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#10 posted 923 days ago

My son started flying sailplanes when he was 8 years old. He’s 30 now and is an airline pilot. When he has children, I’ll have to make one of these rockers for my first grandchild.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#11 posted 922 days ago

Red Bull has a nice F4U that still is airworthy.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#12 posted 922 days ago

General Chenault would be proud of you.

For my kick at the suggestions, how about a bit of a challenge? A Corsair, in honor of the navy and marine pilots.

Then of course there’s the Stearman AT-17.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#13 posted 922 days ago

BigTiny – He already did the Corsair in an earlier post.

What I want to see is a C-130H3.

Real Planes Have Props.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#14 posted 922 days ago

I’d really love to have plans for something like this. Friends of mine recently had a baby. He is one of the best C-130 pilots God and the USAF ever made and she is a C-130 Navigator, so I’d like to make a C-130 version. I don’t need specific plans, just a general idea for overall methods, particularly the rocker itself.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#15 posted 922 days ago

Hi Rob,
I gave ‘mattshack’ a rough idea on how I go about design/build via comment #17 on my P51 Mustang post. The C-130 would take significant scaling down and a little creativity with the engines and the high wing. Locating the pilot seat and rocker base for best CG with USAF baby on board would take some thought. If you take a closer look at any of my rocker pics, you’ll see the base is very simple. Once you get the C-130 scaled down a shortened base could go just below the landing gear bay. This plane may work well with a “thru” cockpit similar to my F16 rocker, too. If I keep going, I’ll have it designed for you and ruin all your fun. It looks like a great one to pursue.

-- Gary - just N of Great Falls, MT

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