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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.
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?)
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!