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jessec
September 12th, 2011, 10:02 PM
Hello folks! saw this on FuseNova's Thread (http://www.therpf.com/f9/stargate-chevron-light-sconce-116328/) & i was inspired.

FuseNova provided very nice pictures detailing the measurements hence making the whole build easier! Measuring and getting the shape is the hardest part which was simplified by the pictures and measurements provided by FuseNova (Thnx mate!). But what i did do is made my version of the chevron slightly bigger.

so - Jaffa' Kreeeee

Here we go ...

Lighting Goals
:- Plan to install 2 color Lighting
Orange-Redish (Milkyway Galaxy) - Blue (Pegasus Galaxy)

:- Light color will be switchable by a simple switch.



1.Ruff Draft
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/555a8a0b.jpg

2. Drawing the Chevron on Plywood.
This is the most important part, as if this is done wrong here the end result will not be so good!
(so i took time grabbed a beer and drew the chevron very patiently)
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/48945ae3.jpg
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/b3fc5d94.jpg

Cut the shape out.
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/7c29d82c.jpg

When you look at a chevron - the one thing that threw a scare at me was the cuts. If you do not have the right tools achieving nice clean inside cuts is near impossible. so i decided not to go for inside cuts i went all the way from the edge.
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/34fd0915.jpg

Added the Edge hence cheating my way to an inside cut ;)
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/185aa93f.jpg

jessec
September 12th, 2011, 10:05 PM
Working on making the edges sharp so sanding sanding & more sanding it is...
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/4a4253d4.jpg

20 mins later
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/c6821323.jpg
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/8447f466.jpg
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/51276aa6.jpg

Built a box (the back end)
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/fd6bc1d0.jpg
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/6c82bb47.jpg

General Jumper One
September 12th, 2011, 10:37 PM
very very nice

jessec
September 12th, 2011, 10:44 PM
thanks General :)

Sam-n-Jack-in-<3
September 13th, 2011, 06:52 AM
Ooh, that looks cool!

StarSancFar
September 13th, 2011, 08:19 AM
Looks amazing, wish I could build it :lol: Well done! I love the way you are gonna be able to switch the colours, you should update us on your progress! :D

jessec
September 13th, 2011, 12:26 PM
Kreee' Gaters ;)

managed to do little bit more work last Night - Glued it all up and did some more sanding to make the edges stand out. Lot more sanding and filling coming up !

Glued Everything up ! Since the construction has lot of gaps and is held together very softly - i Decided to use the Gorilla Glue That Expands. It acts like foam expands to fill the gaps.

Dry Time 4 hrs or so ..
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/5f5d1863.jpg

Glue is all Dry So here comes more fun ! :ohwellMore Sanding
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/f5674bc7.jpg

Started to look and feel real Soft.
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/fe9130da.jpg

Lot of Gaps and imperfections still.
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/bf1c9d1f.jpg

Size Idea
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/ced39c04.jpg
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/ae4c1f17.jpg

Next - will be filling the Gaps and more sanding...

StarSancFar
September 14th, 2011, 12:32 PM
looking good! :D

jessec
September 14th, 2011, 03:18 PM
Thnx mate :)

Jcvalo
September 14th, 2011, 04:39 PM
Awesome stuff!

Elite Anubis Guard
September 18th, 2011, 03:50 AM
That is coming along very nicely. I really like that.

jessec
September 18th, 2011, 09:08 AM
Finally managed to fill the holes and gaps.
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/ea2e9c70.jpg

Filler close up
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/6e15637e.jpg

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/6576ac2f.jpg


Let the sanding begin :)
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/96e2f6e6.jpg


More sanding needs to be done to get the price ready for paint prep..

StarSancFar
September 18th, 2011, 12:16 PM
You're seriously talented! :D

jessec
September 18th, 2011, 01:57 PM
You're seriously talented! :D

Many Thanks Mate you are kind.


Will give you folks an insite as to how i started doing this :)
I never learnt anything - just wanted to create cool stuff like this - Finally had some extra cash which i spend on Tools ($500-$700 approx) - I had no clue as to which tools are required to do this kind of work, So i turned to the internet did a lot of research on messing with wood and clay and what many tools do & finally My neighbour (Thnx Tim) helped me greatly i told him what i wanted to do. So with all the things i learnt online and with suggestions from tim i made a list of tools that are needed. We went to lowes and did some shopping. Some tools i bought at Home Depot as bigger tools are cheaper @ home depot. Before this day i owned one Small Tool Kit & a nice tool kit which i use for my motorcycle. This day i had gotten most of the tools necessary to replicate wood & create something out of them. Knowing how to make them work is a whole another ball game :) but as more time is spent - better you get.

Some of the tools :
Table Saw $128.00 ( From Home Depot) [Must Have]
Hammer, Blade Kit, Shop Vacuum (home depot) [Must Have]
Dremel 120-Volt Rotary Tool Kit
DEWALT 7-Amp 3/8" Drill Kit with Case $59.97 [Must Have]
Skil 45-Degree 7-1/4" Corded Circular Saw $39.98
Jigsaw BLACK & DECKER 5-Amp $39.95 [Must Have]
IRWIN 2-Pack 6" Clamps
Single Clamps (2.00/each home depot) [Must Have]
Draw pencils,Stanley 1/2" Bevel Chisel,Small File Kit, Ruler kit,90 degree angle ruler.
Gorilla Glue
Sand paper package
work horse
Paper Roll $10.00 (Big brown Paper Roll - Lasts a while - helps keep things clean)
Cheap Paint Brush Kit (You can use these to clean and paint)
Safety Glasses
Masking Tape (different thickness)

If you are interested in starting to create stuff this list should help a bit i hope.

jessec
September 18th, 2011, 07:27 PM
Built the inside this was not correct when I first built it with wood, so I used some filler to build up a ruff shape. Will cut it, sand it and bondo it later.
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/30abea91.jpg

2 hrs into it, I cut the shape and slowly sanded until I was happy.
Sanded a little bit, and used some bondo.
More sanding to follow once it all drys out.

Different views
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/7c266302.jpg

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/7c66f3be.jpg

Falcon Horus
September 24th, 2011, 06:19 AM
And he does it again.... awesome looking thing you got there! :D

StarSancFar
September 24th, 2011, 09:23 AM
It's coming along nicely!

Quizziard
September 24th, 2011, 10:05 AM
Is now a good time to say they're auctioning off some original set segments of the 'gate?

StarSancFar
September 24th, 2011, 04:59 PM
Is now a good time to say they're auctioning off some original set segments of the 'gate?

Not that I'll be able to afoord/buy them but what's the link please x

jessec
September 24th, 2011, 07:51 PM
Bondo Sanded
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/fe7f54ff.jpg
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/44fe2c8c.jpg



Nice & Smooth (if you could feel how smooth it was at this stage)
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/24773fc9.jpg

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/23a262fa.jpg

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/927d32eb.jpg

Next Stage Primer..

jessec
September 24th, 2011, 07:54 PM
1st stage Primer - This will be Sanded/Filled again a few times until the whole piece is nice and smooth.

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/db9e9d5e.jpg


http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/db9e9d5e.jpg

jessec
September 24th, 2011, 07:57 PM
Not that I'll be able to afoord/buy them but what's the link please x

http://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/26561

Here mate

jessec
September 25th, 2011, 01:11 AM
Little light testing..

Creating a good stable lighting that will fit will be a trick.let's see how it goes..


http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/fc8e6453.jpg

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/ff56f911.jpg

kwalsh000
September 25th, 2011, 04:16 AM
Very very nicely done. Love the way the light difuses like in the originals

General Jumper One
September 25th, 2011, 08:08 AM
That's a lot bigger than I thought it was.

StarSancFar
September 25th, 2011, 11:30 AM
Thanks for the link!
The chevron is looking good! Is the primer the paint? And the light looks awesome, ^ like the effect in the show :D

Quizziard
September 25th, 2011, 02:20 PM
Not that I'll be able to afoord/buy them but what's the link please x
It's a live auction, next weekend. And they're selling the Furlings (from "200") as well as large numbers of other things, including six separate lots containing segments of the SGC standing set Stargate:

http://www.propworx.com/2011/09/20/stargate-online-auction-catalog-now-available/

jessec
September 25th, 2011, 06:30 PM
Thanks for the link!
The chevron is looking good! Is the primer the paint? And the light looks awesome, ^ like the effect in the show :D

Thats just the primer, hopefully I will get to paint it soon:)


My luck ran out on the plexiglass it's not wide enough to fill the center pocket :( .... Will have to devise another way.

jessec
September 25th, 2011, 06:34 PM
Anyone who will try to build their own, what I learnt from this build is that things will be so so much easier if it was built in two parts. Top part should have never been glued down the bottom box should be built first lighting hooked. With the box built all u will have left to do is lay the top down.

My next build will be using this method..but I guess I still have to finish this one first.

jessec
September 25th, 2011, 06:56 PM
clamped UP!
Added some profile to the inside.
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/a789de24.jpg

jessec
September 25th, 2011, 07:08 PM
After being disappointed with the light glass situation, I put my paint can ninja skills to work...finally started the paint.

I choose to paint the chevron metallic grey.

Did 3 layers
1st Layer
2nd Layer ( 3 hrs later )
3rd Layer ( 1 hr later )

1st Layer
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/d431539a.jpg

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/c9d99e4e.jpg

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/d5ba7f59.jpg
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/0b21ed79.jpg
close up
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/d3a9d581.jpg

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d157/jayc7176/0cc686af.jpg

General Jumper One
September 25th, 2011, 11:59 PM
Looks even better :D

StarSancFar
September 27th, 2011, 11:23 AM
It's a live auction, next weekend. And they're selling the Furlings (from "200") as well as large numbers of other things, including six separate lots containing segments of the SGC standing set Stargate:

http://www.propworx.com/2011/09/20/stargate-online-auction-catalog-now-available/


That makes me really sad :'( Growing up with Stargate only to have it be cancelled when I'm at my 'SG obsessive high' (SGU).... *sigh* But now they're selling set peices, it sorta makes it more solid and legit that it's ended now. :(:(


Anyone who will try to build their own, what I learnt from this build is that things will be so so much easier if it was built in two parts. Top part should have never been glued down the bottom box should be built first lighting hooked. With the box built all u will have left to do is lay the top down.

My next build will be using this method..but I guess I still have to finish this one first.

Well, practise makes perfect! ;)


After being disappointed with the light glass situation, I put my paint can ninja skills to work...finally started the paint.

I choose to paint the chevron metallic grey.

Did 3 layers
1st Layer
2nd Layer ( 3 hrs later )
3rd Layer ( 1 hr later )

Looks really nice and glittery :D

Falcon Horus
September 27th, 2011, 01:09 PM
That makes me really sad :'( Growing up with Stargate only to have it be cancelled when I'm at my 'SG obsessive high' (SGU).... *sigh* But now they're selling set peices, it sorta makes it more solid and legit that it's ended now. :(:(

They've been selling bits and pieces for over a year now. At least I got my hands on some small things and missed out one a few others.

But as you can see, you can also just build your own stuff... :D

StarSancFar
September 29th, 2011, 09:57 AM
They've been selling bits and pieces for over a year now. At least I got my hands on some small things and missed out one a few others.

But as you can see, you can also just build your own stuff... :D

Yeah, I heard, just thought that everything was aucioned off by now....
Yeah, that keeps me happy! :D

jessec
September 29th, 2011, 09:33 PM
Paint was done but I was not happy still lot of imperfections,so more primer bondo and then repaint again..will update soon :)