This rotating Stargate is 19 inches tall with light-up chevrons. An RCX drives a treadmill, which spins the inner ring randomly for x seconds, then reverses direction, seven times. Won best medium space award and best brick mod at BrickFest 2005.
About this creation
This is my rotating, light-up Stargate. It was constructed over a period of approximately 3 months in mid-2005, and first displayed at BrickFest 2005, where I'm honored to say it took both the Best Medium Space and Best Brick Mod awards.
The gate itself is constructed of four main parts: The base, the walkway, the inner ring, and the outer ring.
The base contains two motors and an RCX unit which drives a hidden treadmill. On top of the treadmill rests the inner ring, whose outer portions are intentionally knobby in order to grab onto the tread. 1x tiles lining the inside walls of the base keep the inner ring standing upright and snug.
The outer ring sits on the inner ring, and is slightly cantilevered between where the outer ring meets the base and the outer supports... this helps support the outer ring and take some of the weight off the inner ring. Some weight needs to be applied, however, since the inner ring is driven by friction against the tread. The inner surface of the outer ring is made up mostly of 1x2 bricks that form a smooth curve.
The Stargate - complete with ramp and embarkation area. Don't get too close! That wormhole vortex may just vaporize you.
The chevrons light up. Right now they're hooked up to four 9-volt batteries hidden behind the back. Eventually I'd like to have them triggered off the RCX so each light comes on at the right time.
Aaaand... another shot. The inner ring is composed of 39 4x4 tile w/4 studs - or is that a 4x4 plate with only 4 studs? I get confused. Each plate - uh, tile - has a 3x4 sticker with one of the unique Stargate symbols. The symbols were drawn in Illustrator, rendered in Photoshop, and printed onto Avery labels, which were then trimmed to size.
The base - this small column doesn't actually support much weight of the outer ring, but it does serve as a fulcrum to make the outer ring more circular.
LEDs - Each light in the chevron is made up of an extra-bright LED fastened through a 1x1 cylinder, and positioned using a 1x2x2 translucent red panel.
Guts of the base - Here lies an RCX, we hardly knew ye. It's programmed to spin the treadmill for between 2-7 seconds (randomly chosen), stop for half a second, and reverse for another 2-7 seconds. This happens seven times.
Outer ring construction - The outer ring is formed of inward-facing 2x4 plates, fastened laterally with 1x4 hinge plates (3 per connection). Each of the sets of 2x4s fastened with hinges are held together face-to-face with a 1x2 corrugated brick, studs reversed with 1x2 jumpers and 1x1 Technic brick with holes in the side. See further down for an exploded view of how this works.
Treadmill - The base contains a treadmill from early Manas. The RCX is on the right, with motors nestled on either side of it. Note the 1x tiles lining the inside - it's a tight fit and keeps the inner ring standing up straight and proud.
Outer ring and inner ring - The inner ring actually supports much of the outer ring. It will rotate freely without the outer ring - in fact, it dances around a bit.
Outer ring outer construction - This little construct reverses itself to keep the 2x4 plates of the outer ring facing studs-in.
Exploded construct - Here's an exploded view of the stud reverser. There are gobs of these used, and the ridged look adds to the stone-like texture of the TV version Stargate. It's not exactly Naquedah, but then again, that'd be kinda heavy for LEGO parts to support.
LED construction - A closeup of the LEDs in each of the seven chevrons. The smoky-translucent 2x2 slope is held up by the 1x2x2 trans-red panel.
The inner outer ring - The inner ring needs to spin against a smooth surface of the outer ring. The interior of the outer ring is lined with red 1x2 bricks that form a nice and smooth surface. To keep it balanced, the bricks are staggered connections, like teeth.
The inner ring closeup - The top of the inner ring, which is hidden in the bowels (eww) of the outer ring, is made up of pins, minifig heads, and 1x1 cylinders. The spacing is just enough to keep the ring circular and fairly sturdy. There's a bit of flex, but not much. It took a looooooooong time of futzing around to get it "just right".
Inner ring construction - The inner ring is made of 4x4 plates (or tiles, whaddevah) that are held together with this 1x1 modified plate and round 1x1 plates. Note they face inward and outward, so the cylinders are stud-to-stud, and the next tile over is spaced with a 1x3 pin. The inner ring is actually quite sturdy, unless you let Northwest Airlines handle it. Grrrr. (That's four hours of my life I'll never get back, having to rebuild it at BF.)
OK, I am currently building it in LDD, and it is working great so far. the only problem that I foresee is getting the inner ring into the outer ring once the inner is finished. unless I build the inner ring and insert it into the outer ring before I put the "face" on the outer ring... I'm thinking of using the new EV3 motors (the cylindrical ones, btw,) to make the drive train for the inner ring.
actually, if you replaced the RCX with an NXT you could have it play the sounds of rotation and chevron engagement, and possibly lights as well, if you can also work in powerfunctions pieces... and, seriously, the copy tool on LDD is SO useful for this... not to mention color-coding the hinges... will post a link to my finished product, but will not post it to CUUSOO, or DeviantArt, because this is your brainchild. that is for you to do.
I was wondering if I could have your mocograph. It is like an autograph but you just type your username on this creation and I will copy paste and print it. I am collecting autographs from all of mocpages's celebrities.
for those people who would like to build this stargate. I have found a guy who reverse engineered it. you can download the lxf files from here http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=68956
I am working on it right now the only thing that is missing is the base for the rigs. I am working on the base with the lego builder will share when I am done if anyone is interested.
any why it is a nice build that I would like to have it in my room.
Everyone is asking for instructions...i am one of those! Amazing creation! I love stargate, favorite being atlantis...i always hoped lego would make stargate sets. you have my email...please send instructions or maybe perhaps sell them...
Hello, That is a very great Stargate, is it possible to get the LXF File or a Construction plan? I really likt it to build it too. :)
It would be very nice when you can send it to me. :) :) THX
My Mail is Arrabeske@web.de
hi, it is an amazing set. I would like to have the instructions for it if you can please. Or if you have the lxf file so I can ordered it from lego.
I am also constructing the lego eiffel tower in the program I can sent it to you when I finish.
Your Lego Stargate is truly amazing! I was a big fan of the show and i've always been a big fan of Lego.
I'd like to build a Lego Stargate of my own for my home office. Do you provide instructions and parts list? Or know where I can get them?
Thank you for your help
Hello I am not artistic at all but I love stargate and want a stargate model to display in my house this one is perfect size and quality is it possible to buy or have detailed instructions to build my own. Where to get parts and step by step instructions is what I need. Does anyone know where to get this stuff?
This is a very well done stargate model. I am thinking on starting work on a model myself. The problem is to include the correct amount of detail requires the scale to be big. For my purposes I've calculated about a 3' size to include the proper detail.
Another complication is that I'd like to actually be able to dial the gate, with a mini DHD and have a controller move the gate to the correct symbols and have the chevrons actually articulate. This adds to the complexity of the model, but ultimately I think would be worth it if I could figure out how. If I do decide to start this project I will be sure to document as much as I can and let you all in on the process.
i keep asking because i am thinking of building an orbital version, like the spacegates in the pegasus galaxy, but not. btw, trying to create a pegasus stargate based on this one will be difficult, since the pegasus ones have 36 glyphs, and the milky way ones have 39. you'd have to downsize it a bit. i want to build it in the design by me thing, so as to be able to check the price when i finish, and then post said price here, as well as potentially being able to post a link to the instructions the program creates, for those who want them. but i need more pics depicting how it is build in order to do that.
like i said before, it's cool! also, could you include a exploded view of the section of the inner outer ring directly under the chevron? it's a little confusing... oh, and could you also show what you used for the back of the inner ring? is it a regular 4x4 plate, or is it just another one of the piece on the front?(plates are the thin ones with studs on top, tiles are the smooth ones)
love it! speaking of using the treads from the original manas sets, which are also in the tarakava sets, could you also reconfigure the treadmill to work with the original manas body as well? also, could you post more pics to elaborate on how the treadmill was constructed, and how the outer ring attatches to the base? i am asking because i was thinking of seeing if one could build it in lego's new "designbyme" program. building it there would be easier than, say, playing around with pick-a-brick or something. could you try modifying it to look like either a gate from the "Atlantis" or the Universe" series?
This is AMAZING. Completely Brilliant. I wish you had instructions because I love it. this is the first lego stargate that lights up and has the inner circle rotating. It's absolutely brilliant. Please could you send the instructions?
I really like your model. I like to build one for myself sometime. Is there any way that I could get the building instructions from you?
(Now I know that proper building instructions don't exist because you built this model from scratch, so you would obviously have create instructions for the model, but I just figured that I'd ask anyways)
Thats CRAZY! the amount of detail put into this is insane! it even looks like you have all the symbols! Only question i have... Do the chevrons lock down when the light up?
I've made a minifig scale on that stood 8 inches tall, and in peices costed 80$ so im sure this this in parts alone had to cost around 500$
Wow! I’ve never even heard of “Stargate Atlantis” before, and yet this is amazing!! Plus the fact that it functions! I feel sorry for whoever gets MOC of the day tomorrow because this will dwarf it ;) !! You have talent.
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME, I really don't know of any Star Gate Lego creations! But the first one I see is a Beaut! The details and scale really emit a realism just like the one in the movie. Congrats on this MOC of the day after we have seen so many less than inspiring creations awarded.
This is an AMAZING moc, finally a good moc around here, anyways, this is truly amazing. I think you should make a you tube video of it spinning, that would me better, but over all, this moc is truly a work of art :D congratulations on MOTD!
MOC of the day, and well deserved! This is amazing! I wish there was a vid of it going, but, I guess I can just imagine the amazing-ness. The construction is brilliant! No wonder it took you 3 months to do it! Great job.
The scale! The detail! That perfect, circuar shape! It's all perfect! *faints from amazement* *recovers concienceness* P.S. Could you make some fig's to go with it? With your apparent amount of skill, it would be a breeze.
*jaw on floor* *eye twitching* *speachless*
I suggest this: send these pics to the set or website or sumthing... That takes alot of skill and patience. You get !@#$ing ten smilies. Really you should send pics to like Richard Dean Anderson or someone.
I got linked to this from a (nasty) site that had nothing to do with Lego OR Stargate, only to find it was yours! Small world.
Actually, not to be mean, in comparison to your mocs of the past, this one's a complete & total shocker. That said, there's been Lego Stargates before. Even I'd procrastinated on building one for myself. But really... this monstrosity of coolness... yikes. I could NEVER do anything even remotely comparable to it.
You've raised the bar on this theme, with little room seen for anyone else to improve. LEDs? Timed movement?
Wowza, Bink. Seriously. 8D
Id rather give it 50/5! This is incredable, the detail, and you even made it rotate and light up via RCX. I love stargate but i never was able to make a decent gate out of lego (but nothing that big), you really should post this on a SG fan site and check out the feedback. Overall, I'd pay a kings randsome just to get the inventory and instructions!
According to Peeron.com and the Ldraw libraries, the 6179 piece you refer to is called a "Tile 4x4 with studs on edge". It would be neat if it had an iris, but I think that would be pretty much impossible with lego bricks, at least not without giving up the sweet-tastic spinning action. I could never quite figure out where the iris came from on the show anyway. A fine MOC, indeed.