Theoretical transportation of a Stargate™

A full piece of Stargate™ is about 90 cm high, 180 cm long and 40 cm wide (this last measure still amazes me).

Let’s suppose taht we’ll make beautiful cases to carry everything (in my profession we have flight cases for everything and they are handy). And we want to put the SG in a big van: 3m50 large x 1m70 wide x 1m90 high of the trailer capacity.

Okay, so we said that to introduce the SG we don’t need 9 pieces because the half of them are hidden in the ground or in the promontory. We plan therefore 7 pieces. I put five pieces crosses lenghtways and widthways, that fits in width. In length it fits too and we still have the last two pieces that can be put over, lying. It fits in height ! And we have a good margin to put tools and a lot of things.

Well we can carry the SG in a large van, that’s already smthg. Now if we want still the promontory, 2-3 vans or a semi-trailer (and a driver) will be necessary.

Now about the assembly. It is a bit more complicated, depending on the material that can be available (machine, tools) and how we handle it. If we want to make it safe, the sides must been done first while we insuring, and at the end put the keystone. This isn’t really a long work to put each piece together and bolt them down. Then we’ll take time to check the electronic system, etc.

Another important point. Initially the SG also requires 4-5 concrete breads… each one’s a little more than one square meter. I have not yet found anyone who can do the calculations for the structure, load balancing, etc.. But in my opinion we will need counterweights. Thence it is also complicated to transport and set up (and stock too).

So we’ll have to see. But to carry a SG across France, Switzerland, Germany and England doesn’t seem to be an impossible mission.



Some people asked me to estimate the project cost and the expenses that we were going to do. Here is a summary of what it should / could cost in total:
So, the cost … this is a very large estimation, so there will be a margin of error between 1’000 to 5’000 CHF, buton the other hand, with a project like this one, it is never safe and a simple mistake is quickly very expensive.

Here we go…

Omitting the Backpanel price which will be sold, we start with the molds. The cast of a side would cost about 2136 $. We have two sides, then 4272 $. We still have the collar and chevrons, so 5875 $ (we are generous in calculations). Here for molding.

Now comes the draw. We need 9×2 sides faces + 9x collar + 9x chevrons. So something like 1’618 $.
The structure is metallic. Let choose something galvanized so that it won’t leak too much water + a covering with a anti-rust paint: 4’316 $.
Then there is still the paint and electronics, motor, raspberry, arduino, LED, etc.. We count 1’618 $.

I obtain approximately $ 13’427 for the door itself. If there are actually concrete blocks, we add 755 $. And if we build the wooden promontory + poly + resin, so you can count 1,080 $, I think.

And because we did not pay attention to certain details, are on the roads a lot of, bought stuff for exhibition etc.. it overflows a bit. Hop, $ 1,620 for incidental expenses.

I obtain so 16’890 $.
With transport, cases etc.. and other expenses later, I think (being generous in calculations) we have started a $ 20’000 project.

So it is true that it would relax everyone if we had a few more members so that I’ll not be a penniless person at the end of the year. : D

What’s the plan ?

I’m back from holidays ! (cf the article below) And I follow a important bid on ebay. I hope to manage to appropriate the reproduction of a chevron based on an original molding, it will permit to having a good start.
Please, don’t steal it to me. x)

I finished listing the curved lines who sit on some zones of the gate, on the ring, the chevron blade, etc.
You’ll notice too that I change a little the design of the blog. You can join us via Facebook now, and RSS flux too. I deleted some old posts who had some wrong informations, or could no longer be used.

I’m updating the plans, because I did the calculations again, and these weren’t precise enough. I don’t have the last informations for keep going, and I’m waiting mainly for a picture of the Stargate™ section, this vision of cut will permit to know how to create my model precisely.

I wrote the introduction again, it is now more complete. You can read it by clicking on the link at the top of the page, on the left.
I also updated a few articles with useful links, and added some new pictures in the posts who didn’t have one.

Feedback : DbFx

I was kindly welcomed in the old premises of Rolex. It’s a little workshop that I discovered with several ongoing drafts. Sculptures, paintings, moldings, a helmet of a Kull Warrior, etc. It was beautiful.

I began to talk about the project, and Julien seems to know precisely how to do it (in fact he had already think about it for an other project). However he was very surprised to discover some images that I found, and was quite doubtful about the exterior size.

I will check everything because I want to realize plans at a scale 1:1 with the idea of referring to it later.

So the aim is to build everything with PVC sheets who will be stuck together (like a model). As for the reliefs, it’ll be sculpted with a milling machine.

I talked with Julien during an hour to know everything I needed, and it came out that it’s less complicated that I believed. No hundred kilos of clay, only some pieces of wood and some PVC.

You will see soon the plan progress and the last calculations. Then we will provide us with PVC, and let’s start the assembly. =)