This is my dream project. The Corsair is my favorite aircraft but without winning the lottery, one I will never afford. So a replica is closest I will come to owning one. Unlike the P-51, there are no replica kits or even plans for the Corsair. I'm an ex-Aero Engineer and have built 2 RV-6s going full scratch built isn't totally crazy. Various engines and sizes were considered but the final choice was based on the Vedeneyev M14P, 400 HP engine. A fuselage scaling of 75% allowed both the engine and me to fit nicely. The wing area will be ~65% to get the aerodynamics to work. Initial sizing analysis has been performed and a cockpit mock-up constructed. The detail design will be done completely in 3D CAD using SolidWorks.
Size and Performance estimates:
These estimates compare favorably with the Radial Rocket and Bear 360 aircraft, both 2-place aircraft powered with the M14P.