Based on the work of the brilliant Jason Lee, the Manticore is an endgame variant of Jason's submission for Star Trek Online's "Design the Next Enterprise" contest. While Jason's design didn't win, it was so good that eventually we included it in the game as the "Chimera Class Heavy Destroyer." Time came to translate that "T5" design to "T6," and I jumped at the opportunity. Jason's Chimera class design was one of my favorite ships in STO and it was a blast being able to put my own spin on it.
Given the complex nature of how this ship animates when it switches modes, the new version couldn't look too drastically different from the original version. To that end, most of the Saucer is identical to the Chimera. My primary contributions were adding a mission pod and some proportion changes around the "belly," as well as new nacelles.
The original Chimera model was built by Adam Gibson. He also made the material this ship uses.