pilot report E-flitE/Horizon Hobby fPV Manta bnf basic
Construction-wise, there is very little left to do
but some final assembly. There are only two
servos on the flying wing, and the elevon mixing
is preprogrammed in the included receiver.
The servos, speed control, receiver, and the
FPV video transmitter and camera are already
installed. The control surfaces are prehinged,
with the control horns installed. The motor is
wired up but hanging loose, and it needed to
be bolted in place with four screws and a few
drops of Z- 42 thread-lock. The wings are then
glued into place with a carbon wing joiner rod.
After using a small skewer to punch some holes
in the gluing surfaces for the glue to seep in, I
coated the wing rod and mating surfaces with
15-minute Z-Poxy. The wings were aligned and
secured with low-tack tape and weight bags.
There are two styles of wingtips included:
the curved ones seen in the pictures and a
generic set for those wishing to customize
their own wingtip style. The wingtips are glued
in place and then carbon stiffeners are added.
After dry fitting the carbon wing stiffeners to
ensure that the channels were sized properly,
I used a thin bead of medium Zap CA to glue
them in place. Customizing your Manta is easy
as several sheets of decals are included.
Getting the Manta in the air will require
either a 3S or 4S LiPo battery and a full-range
5-channel DSM2/DSMX radio system. Each
battery requires a different prop, and propellers
for the 4S setup are included; if you want to
run 3S, you will need to buy a different prop. A
compartment in the front of the equipment bay
is form-fitted for a GoPro HERO4 camera.
in the air
Flying the Manta requires a field larger than you
might think for the typical foamie because it’s
capable of higher speeds than most. The Manta
has no landing gear, so it is hand-launched
and best recovered by landing on grass. Hand
launching is easily accomplished by using the
The Manta comes with a
Fat Shark video transmitter installed. I was surprised that, at the range, I
had excellent video.
Above: One of the few assembly steps is mounting the motor with
the supplied metric hard ware. I used Z- 42 thread-lock to ensure
that it stays put in flight. Left: The Manta comes with the correct
propeller for 4S operation as well as the mounting hardware
shown. If you choose 3S, you will need to see the manual for the
correct prop to use.
Ready to try some FPV with the
Manta, my DX18 Stealth, and
Walkera FPV goggles.
The radio compartment of the Manta contains the FPV camera and the AS3X
receiver. Compartments are provided for the flight battery as well as a GoPro
HERO4. The GoPro is optional, but if you fly without one, you will need to add
weight up front to get the proper center of gravity.