Stargate fans

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by entity789, Jan 28, 2005.

  1. entity789

    entity789 New Member

    Hi all,

    I'm working on my first layout and plan on adding one object from my favorite scifi shows, Stargate SG-1. I am attempting to build an HO scale model of a stargate. Unfortunatly my working knowledge (or lack thereof) of wormhole physics prevents me from making it a fully functional model.

    I started by calculating the dimensions then modeling it out of granite colored Sculpey. Getting a perfect circle was beyond my skill, but it's fairly decent, and when finished, should look fine. I then wired together 7 3mm red LEDs and an appropriate resistor so it would function with my power pack.

    I plan on putting a piece of stained glass into the center backlit with a blue LED to mimick an activated gate.

    Here are some pics of the work in progress and a pic of the glass I plan to use. I still need to paint the 39 simbols and other design work onto the face.

    It should look pretty cool when I finish.

    Anyone have any suggestions for how to make a more perfect circle out of clay?


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  2. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    I love it. :thumb: Fred
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Cool... as for making a circle, why don't you roll the clay out like cookie dough and cut it with a margarine tub or something like that?

  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Like Andrew said...using two different sizes :thumb:

    P.S. Battlestar Galactica rules... ;) :thumb: :p :D
  5. entity789

    entity789 New Member

    I thought about using some type of cookie cutter, the problem is that to make it to scale I need very specific radii (I don't happen to have the numbers with me). What I did was used a compas to get circles then a fine blade exacto knife to cut throught the clay. A problem with working with soft clay is it tends to disfigure with pressure. I'll probably end up just sanding the edges to smooth out some of the more obvious bumps.

    For anyone that's curious, the train in the pics is my Acela (which won't be actually going through the gate). I'm planning on mounting the gate into the side of a mountain to hide the wires and shield any extra light that may leek from the blue LED backlight.

    Now if I can only finish my layout :( When I started this project, I had no idea how many new tools I'd be needing. I am quickly surpassing my wifes scrapbooking budget. :)
  6. neilmunck

    neilmunck Member

    are you going to build the console thing that goes next to it where you dial in the destination of the wormhole?
  7. entity789

    entity789 New Member

    Yeah, I probably will. I still have clay and a couple LEDs left over. I'm also thinking about scattering some ruins (probably of Greek or Roman design) about the scene. Probably just some cracked or fallen pillars to give the "ancient" feel. All this stuff will be in the park area of my layout.
  8. Dragon

    Dragon Member

    Which Battlestar do you say rules? I've watched both, but still prefer the original.
    THe new one is WAY to preachy for me. If they kill the Preaching, it would be EXCELLENT!

  9. Sempak

    Sempak Member

    *digs up old post*

    What schematics/drawings did you use for the stargate? I'm thinking of doing something similar myself but I havent found anything accurate to base it on.
  10. Bikerdad

    Bikerdad Member


    I'd be really surprised if a search of the web doesn't turn up some line drawings and good pics of the Stargate, aka "chappa eye"
  11. Sempak

    Sempak Member

    I've tried that with a variety of keywords, no such luck. :(

    I wonder if would have better results for chappa eye. :thumb:
  12. engineshop

    engineshop Member

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  14. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    nice portal hope somthing bad dont come through:)
  15. capt_turk

    capt_turk Member

    Why not have the train go thru the stargate? ......... That would open up "all kinds" of possibilities for modeling.
  16. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    ...with properly arranged staging tracks, in goes 3 SD70MACs pullin' a pig train, out comes a cab-forward pullin' a PFE and a bobber. :thumb: :thumb:
  17. rcline

    rcline Member

    Capt turk- I like your idea. Have the stargate in the side of a cliff wall or something,
    you go in and come out on the other side in a whole new world!!!!
  18. capt_turk

    capt_turk Member

    Just an idea. The star gate doesn't usually set against anything. Take a strip of plastic mirror, and make a tube between the gate, and whatever you are backed up against. That way you wouldn't see the train behind the gate, just the reflection of the background. Make the mirror double sided for visual effects inside the gate too. Invisible train behind the gate!
  19. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    Hi entity789. Cool idea. :thumb: :thumb: Two points; One, getting naquita colored paint, and two; getting the inner ring to spin. :D :D By the way, is the DHD mounted in the train? :D :D :D
  20. SteamerFan

    SteamerFan Member

    forgive me here, but the gate is not big enough to have a modern train go through it (it's about 1 person in radious, aproxx 6 feet). you would have to scale the train down to support such an opperation, then yuo have to make sure all the track on both side is exactly perfectly lined up. and then ensure there's clearance on all sides going through a round opening.

    it would be betetr to model a staion type deal, have pasengers arrive via train to a platform connected to the gate, then the people would transition through the gate to the funny worlds. this way you could model the gate open with a peice of mirror and some semi-transparent blue paint swirled on it.

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