Manta Class BattlecruiserLength: 1,230 feet, total
985.5 feet, hull
Beam: 1200 feet
Draft: 306.5 feet, total
201.5 feet. Hull
15 Decks thick
Armament: 4 octoclops torpedo turrets -- 8 torpedo tubes each, fire rate of one torpedo per two seconds per tube. Total armament 660 photon or quantum torpedoes.
4 phaser Arrays, 2 top, 2 bottom
1 Apocalypse missile tube (coxal mount), 1000-10,000 megaton yield, 20 missiles carried.
Impulse Systems: 1 FIM Kloratis impulse drive. 0 to .99 c acceleration in 12.2 seconds. Fuel range of 2 years at .5 impulse acceleration
Warp Systems: 2 AWG Aurora FTL Systems High Efficiency warp drive nacelles Cruising speed WF 9.7 sustained Maximum speed, WF 9.999, one hour maximum Duration: 55 years at warp 9.5
Computer: Nanotech Crystalmind G3, Mk 16 RI system.
Crew: 75 Ane 250 biomechs
Auxiliaries: Up to 20 shuttles and/or work pods of various types. Most Ane shuttles are Starfleet's larger shuttle hulls refitted for Ane usage.
Lifeboats: Ane ships do not carry lifeboats.
Cruise Duration: 14 standard months on station.
Manta Class ships are pure battle cruisers. They have two primary functions. First, is home defense. Mantas and similar types will be found patrolling the Federation borders as a primary defensive line against possible aggression. The presence of a Manta on your boarder means that your threat is taken seriously, and will be met with all due force. The second function is as an offensive threat, to seek and destroy an active enemy.
Intelligence: Orions are believed have class B knowledge of the Manta's design and capacity due to the Questing incident. However, the fact that this knowledge is not widely shared among the houses was made evident when the Questing herself encountered three Acquisitor class cruisers on the Klingon/Federation border. Two of the three engaged the Questing, a vast overmatch in favor of the Questing. Both ships were captured in damaged condition.
Klingon Intelligence has a class B understanding of the Manta due to technological exchanges between the Federation and Klingon Empire. Federation Intelligence has not reported the Klingons to be building similar designs .
The Romulan Star Empire is believed to possess only class D intelligence of the Manta, they are aware of the ship, and understand in a limited sense what it can do. A Manta class ship has never engaged the Romulans .
Cardassian Intelligence has class C knowledge of the Mantas, direct contact and readings during combat maneuvers.
Ferengi may possess anywhere from a class B to a class E understanding of the Manta. Various Ferengi houses do not share information without payment. They can be anywhere from totally ignorant of its existence, to possessing plans to build one.
There are currently eight manta class ships commissioned, and two under construction. No manta class ships have been decommissioned or destroyed.
Concept: The idea for this model is over ten years old. The concept being a ship of the Star Trek genre that was a pure battleship. It would have minimal research and exploration facilitates. It would be designed with the photon torpedo as the main weapon. Range of operation would be limited as the ship would be smaller than a classic "Trek" starship of the TNG era. It would have a smaller crew. The ship was associated with my own race of creatures, the Ane, and incorporated their ideas of tactics and technology. If you want to see the "Manta" in "action" The USS Questing is featured in Epiphany, A Romulan Way, and The Word of the Builders
Over the years the concept matured in my mind. The "manta" name was derived from the general shape of the ship, similar to a manta ray. Torpedoes launched from turrets located at the wing tips. The nacelles moved from traditional wingtip or pylons to the centerline location.
I had planned for the project for a long time. At first 1/4800 scale was my idea, as I had started building starships in that scale for miniature wargaming. It was difficult to work in. It was too small for any real detail, and I had not gamed in a long while. Then I had the idea of a 1/1400 scale model, because I had the "Big D" and it had a scale (A rare event for AMT/ETRL), The prospect of something that size for a modeler who was most familiar with 25mm wargaming figures was daunting. However, I had started to collect found objects for the project. Then the feast of kits hit. Having three ships in the 1/2500 scale, I scaled back my idea, and decided to build in that scale.
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