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Old Jan 04, 2009, 02:07 PM
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Here is the first part of the decoration.
The Manta becomes to a real Manta.
To be continued...
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Old Jan 05, 2009, 07:01 AM
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Hi Vince!

Nice characters!

I see that You used plastic hinges... I think You can save ~5 gramms if You use tape instead of these! And it's much easier to apply!
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Old Jan 05, 2009, 10:04 AM
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Hi Smash,

Those are textil and /fiberglass/ hinges. I prefer them more than tape (If you mean selfsticker tape), and its weight is nothing~5 gramm.

You just cut the place into the control surface and the other part wich to the control durface belongs, some CA and it is ready.
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Old Jan 15, 2009, 01:52 AM
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Hi.

Are the plans still available for the manta.

Can you please send me a copy of the plans gabjarias@yahoo.com . Thanks.
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Old Jan 15, 2009, 09:32 AM
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Yes. Please check your mailbox for printable version.

For those who are interested in Manta, please email or PM me in private (for your security/privacy considerations). Thanks.
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Old Jan 27, 2009, 11:36 AM
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The new cores for the v2:

70 gramms yet.
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Old Jan 27, 2009, 10:16 PM
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Wow!!! That's such a beautiful 12-pannel cut Manta wing. Outstanding.

What's your plan, next? Bag it or mold it?

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Old Jan 28, 2009, 03:08 AM
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Thanks!

First I make a bagged one to fly, after - if I'll have enough time - I'll make a mold too. Before the wing mold I want to make a new pod mold because the first one got some silly mistakes.
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Old Jan 28, 2009, 03:34 AM
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Hi Smash,

It looks great!
Please tell more about the whole conception
I'm very courious

Vince
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Old Feb 04, 2009, 10:46 PM
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I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for you interests in scratch building the Manta DLG. Especially for those who have request/build the Manta or pay a visit to the Manta video.

I was especially surprise by the strong interests outside USA. Some statistics from viewing the YouTube video, hope you enjoy. THANK YOU !!!!

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Old Feb 09, 2009, 12:52 PM
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Hungary is in the top 3
My new Manta is much better than the previous one.
Two weeks ago in 3 deegree I was out to fly.
It glided foward one at time something rasied the plane and it did again. I made a quick turn and it did again
In one word I found a termal
It flown 5 minutes

Keep it up!
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Old Feb 10, 2009, 12:29 PM
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5-minute flight in 3 degree deep freeze. That's quite a achievement. Congradulations.
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Old Feb 19, 2009, 06:19 AM
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Thank you very much for Manta plans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old Apr 10, 2009, 10:40 AM
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I seem to shrink everything down, gliders are no exception - been tinkering with this for almost a year now and finally have it flying, thought you guys might enjoy it...travelers size HLG.

Although the pod is not of the Manta design, the wing and tail and overall demensions are scaled down from the original Manta plans. It even had a full flying elevator at one point, but it had some slop I couldnt remove and it made flying nearly impossible. Its got a standard fixed elevator now.

Span is 19.5 inches, pod is a single layer of kevlar, CF tail boom and balsa for everything else. Depending on the amount of ballast, AUW is anywhere from 18 to 22 grams, wingloading as low as 2.2oz/sq ft.

The video quality isnt great, nor were the flying conditions, but it gives you an idea of how high I can launch it. The current solid balsa wing flutters if I launch it too hard, so the heights in this video are lower than normal. A new wing will be made this weekend, havent gotten a chance to try the balsa/durobatics wing yet, but the wings are quickly and easily interchangeable.

Despite the poor flying performance in this video, I have caught a few thermals here and there, over culdesacs or on small hills - doesnt take much rising heat to make this thing go skyward. The company that makes the RX in this plane is coming out with a 6 channel version...I think ailerons/flaps will be in order next time around.

Thanks for the plans, Geode!
Nick

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The elevator got stuck on the 4th launch, causing the plane to be suck inverted, nearly planted it in the blacktop, but it pulled free just in time.
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