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Manta Wing: ISC
“Anything, Anywhere, Anytime. We’re Manta: the leading planet to planet currier solution.”
About this creation
Built - June 2012

After four, wing based MOCs, all featuring swept forward wing designs, I became determined to finally produce a custom LEGO build using the LEGO wing piece(s) in a traditional swept back manner. I present to you the results. This is the Manta Wing: Inner System Currier.

While working on the Cloud Cutter, I originally planned to use two wings that bowed together at the tips. This method looked interesting, but made the Cloud Cutter look like a much slower vehicle. I next tried to apply the double wing method to Racer X’s Air Racer. And again, this made the plane look slow and bulky. So I shelved the idea for a while.

Fast forward to the summer of 2012. I volunteered to assist a local FIRST LEGO League team, X-Treme Team, in creating a movie project as part of their entry into the 2012 Moonbots: Google Lunar Mindstorms X-Prize Challenge. Calista and I were putting the final touches on our LGM Moon Base, and the team asked if they could use the moon base as the setting for their video. So our summer became an exciting movie workshop, building LEGO sets and props, breaking down the script into a shot list, filming the kids in a green screen studio, and teaching them how to edit the whole thing together. You can see X-Treme Team’s final product here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcU68EU7fg8

One scene the kids wrote into the script was a space plane taking off from the moon base. This gave me the perfect opportunity to apply the double wing method. In addition to using the two wing pieces, the only other rule I gave myself was to not use the wings in a swept forward configuraion. After an intense building session, I considered the build finished. However, the producers of the film gave me a note that they wanted the plane to look a little bigger, and more cool.

I dove back in and explored ways to add to the plane without losing the original design concept. This is when the thruster pod and secondary white stabilizer wings became part of the MOC. After an extra hour reinforcing the build, the space plane was completed and ready to film.



















Comments

 I like it 
  December 13, 2014
Insanely cool, you should be proud. Its almost retro in a way, reminds me of the P38 with the open tail to the back. Love it.
 I like it 
  November 15, 2013
Beautifully done.
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  August 8, 2013
Looks luxurious
 I like it 
  June 24, 2013
Stunning. It's about time flight regained some class.
 I like it 
  June 6, 2013
This is wonderful design and I'm glad to see you back in action. Keep up the fine work my friend!
 I like it 
  June 3, 2013
Very Clean and beautiful lines. It really jumped out at me. Well Done!
 I like it 
  June 3, 2013
wow!
 I like it 
  June 3, 2013
You thought of not posting this? How silly. This is a beautiful, elegant design, the kind of cutting-edge shaping I wish we'd see more from real-life aircraft engineers. (Seriously, when are we going to see an airliner that doesn't look like all the other airliners out there?)
 I like it 
  June 3, 2013
amazing!!
 I like it 
  June 3, 2013
Very nice, I love how the wings 'flow' in each other, great design, an accessible interior would really bring this up to the next level
 I made it 
  June 3, 2013
Thank you! I'm excited this build has found an audience. This MOC has been sitting on my floor for almost a year, and I was planning to recycle it's parts without posting it. 'Glad I changed my mind.
 I like it 
  June 3, 2013
Elegant, sleek, Art-Deco! These are truly eye candy. Shaping is wonderful and the details are clean. Love the twin fuselage and the rear wing assembly. The two layer main wings are icing on the cake. Perfect!
 I like it 
  June 3, 2013
what a beautiful design ! reminds me a little bit of the ship in Tron-Legacy...
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  June 3, 2013
Futuristic & spacy!
 I like it 
  June 3, 2013
A beautiful shape. To me it has quite a retro feel, with echoes of the de Haviland Sea Venom of the 1960s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sea_Venom_FB20_Silh.jpg). I love the presentation of the first and last photos.
 I like it 
  June 3, 2013
Splendid !!!! That's a real beautiful wing, curved and elegant !! the reactor behind are simply the part I prefer.... Very well done !!
 I made it 
  June 3, 2013
Quoting Wesley Kreiss I like this a lot! Being able to use the big wing piece - genius. Very unique design and really like all the little engine details! 5/5 in my book.
I'm happy you like the build. Thank you! I have another new "air craft" that will be posted in about a week. I used the wings again, but in a completely different manner.
 I like it 
  June 2, 2013
I like this a lot! Being able to use the big wing piece - genius. Very unique design and really like all the little engine details! 5/5 in my book.
 I made it 
  June 2, 2013
Quoting El Barto ! Fun build! I like that art deco-ish design. Good to see you back in action!
Thank you! I'm excited to be back, presenting our MOCs for public consumption.
 I like it 
  June 2, 2013
Fun build! I like that art deco-ish design. Good to see you back in action!
 
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