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The Manx


The Manx is a hot Speed 400 plank style flying wing. It is fast and nimble and a lot of fun to fly. Best of all, it's constructed of EPP and corrugated plastic just like the California combat slope soarers. In fact, the original prototype got smacked into the ground at least 20 times (including an impact with a fence post that cracked a spar) and still kept coming back for more. I only just retired it because I needed the flight gear for the pre-production show model. Let me tell you, it's a lot more fun being able to wring out a plane without being afraid of Mother Earth.

The Manx has some nice features that make it easy to live with, quick to build, and very durable.

First, the fuselage comes out of the box with a lot of internal shaping already done. The motor hole is pre-drilled and the battery bay is pre-routed. Some additional shaping and cutting has to be done, but the amount of work is much less than with other foamies.

Second, all the components are installed in such a way as to leave everything accessible for servicing or removal.

And finally, the structurally solid corrugated plastic keel on the bottom of the aircraft houses a hatch that runs the full length of the battery bay. An easily removed retainer rod allows instant access to your battery, receiver, and motor assembly through the battery bay. The cooling hole provides an easy way to open and close the hatch.

All this adds up to a plane that is easy to fly and easy to service.

Here's the statistics on the model:

  • Wing Span: 36 in.
  • Wing Area: 192
  • Airfoil: Eppler 182, straight taper planform
  • Weight: 17.5 oz.
  • Wing Loading: 13.125 oz/ sq. ft.
  • Power System: 6V Speed 400, 8x600 mAh NiCads, 5.5x4.5 prop.
  • Watts/Pound: approx. 80
  • Controls: Three channel operation on two servos. Elevon, Throttle(Requires mixing radio, ESC with BEC)
  • Designer: Darwin Garrison

Please see our catalog for information on kit prices and accessory packages.

Some additional views of the Manx

Head on view of the Manx Linkage detail
Nose detail Hatch Retainer

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