Mantaray Fighter Craft Like

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Neodymium Magnetic Balls (@1351) - Mantaray Fighter Craft

Floating Effect = sitting on top of a 1/2" Ice Breaker's container. All shots done in camera with no photoshop ... laser effect created using reflective props of the Zen Magnets.

Started to play with quadrilateral and single strand layering (with an aircraft in mind) and came up with this design. This one is based sort of on a manta ray shape.

It started out with a central two layered strand.Then for each layer outward, an inter-meshed (non-parallel) single strand chain (layer) was added to the sides. Then the next layer was added on top. Then repeat alternating top and bottom layers to create the staggered layering.

Wing layering follows same the alternating top and bottom layering scheme radiating outward with symmetric wing lines.

The engine tubes are 2 x (6-hex rings x 7 = outer) and 2 x (6-hex rings x 8 = inner) with a single chain spacer. Cover is two extended hexagons modded.

The cockpit are modified stacked extended hexagons.

Front cephalic lobe tips and wing tips are folded modified stacked extended hexagons.

The area between the cockpit and the engines is hexagon stacked with a folded modified larger hexagon with front layers removed.

4 x 4-ball coupled chain with hexagon from makes up the front gun.

Think of building the base shape one chain strand at a time like the rigid stick method with staggered layering to get the non-straight edging.

Originally uploaded to flickr: Nov 24, 2010.


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