Vintage Estes Manta Bomber Build

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SCIGS30

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Here is a classic that is one of my favorite rockets, the Manta Bomber out of the bag. Back in the mid 80s I bought one of these as a young teenager and really struggled to put her together. Any way I eventually put her together and she was not perfect but flew just fine. If I remember correctly, I don't think I even painted the rocket. A couple of years later my local hobby store was going out of business and I bought another Manta Bomber. I never opened up the kit and forgot all about it until my pops found my old model kits. When I was going through the box I found this kit and was so excited. When I first got back into rocketry I was shocked how hard it was to find this kit. Well I think Estes only produced it for two years. I ended up cloning one 10 years ago before I had the actual kit. Now I have 2 of these kits and decided to finally build one. Oh I love these old kits, die cut balsa with no laser burnt parts. Sure it takes more time to sand and match up the fins, but that is ok with me. I am building this kit with no modifications using plain ole white glue. After sanding the fins, I brushed on 2 coats of Brodak sealer followed by a good smooth sanding. Since this is old balsa I decided to brush on one more coat of sealer followed by sanding. Not bad, only 2 sandings for a smooth balsa finish. I then went on building the rocket and she was all built in one day. Next day I shot Krylon Acryli Quik Gloss white without primer and next will be the decals.
 

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My Manta Bomber is ready for flight, final weight minus engine is 1.73oz. Model has been built with the same techniques I would have used back in the 1980s. White glue for the build, balsa sealer and Glossy White paint only no primer or fillers. I am always amazed how well these old vintage decals perform, this kit is 35 years old. I can honestly say these old decals work better than the newer decals and I don't use any decal solutions. The Jt-80 ring decal is one long wrap on decal and it went on great. Not bad for a 3 day build.
 

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what is the diameter for the main body tube? AC Supply has those sci-fi nose cones and this build just inspired me to scratch-build one.
 

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Very nice as always. I'm getting very tempted to try the Acryli-Quik for paint jobs that use just a few basic colors.
 

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Turned out great!!! I built one years ago - still haven't flown it...........
 

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very nice build, how many coats of paint did it take?

I have a project that I need to paint with out primer and might try this Acryil-Quik paint out.
 

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Very nice!

And now you have two in your fleet ;)
 

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Terrific looking rockets. Thank you for sharing.
 

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Thanks for sharing this with us, that is one fantastic looking rocket.
 
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