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mango
post Jul 26th 2005, 6:31 AM
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I've had a few pms from people asking about the stargate that my dad and I have been building out in our backyard, asking for an update to how its going. The truth is, we havent touched it in months tongue.gif

I said i would have an update by the start of the new season so i guess this will have to do. I still need to repaint it and fix the chevrons but times are a bit tough at the moment and i simply cant afford the $40 tin of paint to paint the bloody thing. ANYWAY....

It all started on paper. Actually it started on AUTOCAD for drawing the blueprints. Since the US-Navy were unable to send us the blueprints wink.gif we had to kinda draw them from scratch using pictures and video footage, trying to get as many of the little details as exact as possible.

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Since we had no access to a plotter we printed them out on A4 pieces of paper and joined them up in a nice circle to get our dimensions.

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The structure is held together by 18 of these things stuck together in a circle.

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The the spinning part of the gate where the gate symbols are stuck on is built sepeartly with thin wooden planks like so...

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The gate is able to spin with the help of 2 white tubes placed inside the gate, that will alow the spinning part to slide around them like train tracks (it doesnt slide very well but it slides smile.gif )

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The inner and outer rim of the gate are just planks of thin flexible wood stuck together (not a very sturdy gate i know).

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Every stargate symbol had to be cut to shape painstakingly.

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To build the chevrons was a little tricky because we didnt exactly have a 3d blueprint of the gate, so we had to first make a model of it with styrofoam. And with a little engenuity, we were able to make the outter part move up and down, locking and unlocking. We also had in our possession a car central locking system with remote control that we wanted to incorporate into the gate so that it would lock and unlock the chevrons by remote control, but hooking up a power source and getting all the cables organised was simply too much of a headache so we scrapped it.

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post Jul 26th 2005, 6:32 AM
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But i think by far the biggest headache was creating the inner track of the gate. There is alot of different patterns and triangles and bumps that have to be all made one by one. The oval shaped things were made from bending and cutting 10's of old coat hangers into shape. The engravings were made with a hot iron.

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The back of the stargate is all 'fake' as it is just a plank of wood with shapes and engravings. The chevrons do not work either. We glued heaps of rectangular shaped wooden things in the inner track to make it more realistic.

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The outter track of the gate has engravings which were done with the magical hot iron and again more bloody triangles and squares had to be cut up and filed to shape and glued on. (the red chevron part of the gate is just a quick photoshop that i made its not real - obviously)

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And the finished product pretty much looks like this... The colour is wrong and needs to be repainted to a darker grey, the chevrons need to be fixed with some kind of red perspex material of some sort, but all in all we are satisfied with how it looks.

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And with a bit of photoshop.....

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So there it is.

Oh..... and the video, i wanted to see if i could make a quick swoosh thing come out of the gate, my parents got curious and wanted to be part of this little movie, so in a little over 15 minutes i made this b grade (ok maybe d grade) movie.

http://members.optusnet.com.au/jimbeam99/stargatethingy.wmv (6 meg)
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post Jul 26th 2005, 7:08 AM
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Great job!!! bow.gif

How long did it take to build all of that?
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post Jul 26th 2005, 7:13 AM
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bow.gif i am in awe bow.gif
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post Jul 26th 2005, 7:30 AM
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wow. smile.gif Very nice smile.gif
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post Jul 26th 2005, 9:35 AM
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Sweet ph34r.gif

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post Jul 26th 2005, 10:13 AM
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I wouldn't want to go explore the galaxy without my trusty p90 and big red beach ball laugh.gif

Really great work, congrats :-)
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post Jul 26th 2005, 10:25 AM
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All I can say is WOW thats amazing, your realy smart, Im doing prop design at college and I dont even think I could do anything like that, but anythins possable if I set my mind to it.
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post Jul 26th 2005, 10:36 AM
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i made one out of legos once
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post Jul 26th 2005, 10:50 AM
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WOW! That is really, really good work. I wish I had the skill to do something like that.
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post Jul 26th 2005, 11:31 AM
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Mango I forgot you were building the gate. Looks awsome. I cannot wait till it gets the final coat of paint. Great work. Your dad is cool for helping you do it. Is he also a Stargate fan?
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post Jul 26th 2005, 11:44 AM
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QUOTE(Auntie Em! @ Jul 26th 2005, 12:31 PM)
Your dad is cool for helping you do it. Is he also a Stargate fan?
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Mango - well done! I loved your movie!! And what a great project for you and your Dad to work on together.
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post Jul 26th 2005, 12:01 PM
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Ok the video just finished downloading. Mango That was awesome. Music and everything. Your mom looks very excited to be involved also. How did her away team go with that big red beach ball? laugh.gif
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post Jul 26th 2005, 4:37 PM
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i need to get a new mouse for my comp i willhave to wait a coupe days as well so c ya soon
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post Jul 26th 2005, 4:59 PM
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Awesome is the only word I can think of to describe it.

I'd really really appreciate it if you could email me the CAD files for printing off the stargate. I want to make a poster out of it for my bedroom wall. (Pm me for my email address if you're willing)

I think Arcady would jump at the chance to host the files too, for like-minded people.
Thanks
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post Jul 26th 2005, 5:05 PM
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Next: An Iris.
Later : Glowing Chevrons/Moving Chevrons
Finally : A DHD and "That Chevron Guy"... smile.gif
Good job biggrin.gif
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post Jul 26th 2005, 5:32 PM
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I gotta give you your props man.
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post Jul 26th 2005, 6:58 PM
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So, what are you going to do with it now? I bet you could sell it for a sh*tload of money on eBay! biggrin.gif
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post Jul 26th 2005, 7:06 PM
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QUOTE(Janos @ Jul 26th 2005, 6:58 PM)
So, what are you going to do with it now? I bet you could sell it for a sh*tload of money on eBay! biggrin.gif
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WHY... i wouldnt sell that for the world

that is Awsome the best ive done i make a model of it using a computer aided design [CAD] program but im having a little problem with the iris closing

but great job! bow.gif
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post Jul 26th 2005, 7:45 PM
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Wow, well done that is very impressive. It must have taken some real dedication and persistance. Maybe you have a future on the set of Stargate as one of the guys who makes the props. Did you send a copy of the film to the guys at stargate? I remember in one of the interview's someone said they love seeing things like that.

Big ups homie bow.gif

BTW do you have a little brother who has toy guns and uses the SG for play in the backyard, cause that would be so much fun.
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post Jul 26th 2005, 7:49 PM
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Oh. bow.gif My. bow.gif God. bow.gif
That is.... amazing. I am speechless.... I want one.... WOW.
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post Jul 26th 2005, 8:53 PM
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Wow, I would say I'm speechless, but then I wouldn't be able to compliment you! Absolutely incredible! excl.gif w00t.gif

DHD would be great with it!
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post Jul 26th 2005, 9:05 PM
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Who needs a little brother sadly i would do it with my freinds. Now i would use my P90 bb gun as well as my 9mm and my freinds MP5. Now all we need is a mock GDO and a some freinds who would want to play some Jaffa soilders who will just end up getting killed in a massive fire-fight. Then tape it and send it to Brad Wright. Fun

Anyone want in

BTW when are you doing to start on that DHD, and it looks pretty big so what are the dementions of it
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post Jul 27th 2005, 1:03 PM
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So....does it work.... whistling.gif
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