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Replicator Assembled

I'm almost hesitant to put this with the rest of my models; will it try to assimilate their paper into itself? ;)

Here's one I've been working on for a while, a Replicator Bug from the Stargate series. For those of you who don't know, Stargate was originally a sci-fi movie in the early '90's, which had a long running spin-off series, Stargate SG1 (with 10 seasons plus 2 finished and one planned straight-to-DVD movies), which in turn had its own long running spin-off series, Stargate Atlantis (5 seasons plus 1 straight-to-DVD movie), and now that both are over, they're making yet another spin-off series, Stargate Universe.

ANYWAY, the Replicators are a "race" of machines capable of rapid reproduction and self-reassembly (is that a word?) when damaged. This, of course, comes at the cost of total consumption of all resources. Basically, they're a swarm of locust. (If only the metaphor ended there; building this one drained my ink cartridge dry ;) )

Unfortunately it can't stand on its own; the back legs both buckled (at the same section on each, actually) under its own weight. Perhaps if I had used cardstock... well, even with the makeshift wire stand underneath it looks bad-ass.

The model itself was more tedious than anything; since I wanted to do it justice and leave it very detailed, the individual pieces ended up taking quite a while to finish. If you were to "break" it down to individual blocks (even more-so than in the action shot), there are a total of 158 making up the model (about 50 pieces, though). I took a few liberties on its underside, since the real Replicator blocks are magnetic and hold themselves together, mine has something of a skeletal structure, with the piece of four blocks where the legs meet actually being cardboard (it's explained in the "Partial Assembly Guide" linked below).

The final build came out to 19" (48.5cm) long, 22.5" (57cm) wide, and 10" (25.5cm) high, and easily took a good 60hrs collectively to build, probably more. I scaled it as close to life-sized as I could based on views of them from the show, since I couldn't find any actual dimensions.

I did have to cheat a little and bend a few blocks to get the angles in the wings and such... but whatever, it's close enough. It was actually somewhat reminiscent of making the Rez Avatar. I just had to make several (albeit more complex) boxes and glue them together. Most of them were even interchangeable, so I could just keep everything in a big box.

Action Shots

PDF of Pieces


Partial Assembly Guide

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-=. . .Piece . . Not. . .Getting. . . . . . . .Holy. . -=
=- . .o' Cake . .Bad. . . There. . . Gahh. . .Crap!. .=-
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Have you built this or one of my other models? Feel free to let me know how hard you thought they were!
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2000x1500px 1.85 MB
Shutter Speed
10/300 second
Focal Length
6 mm
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Date Taken
Sep 6, 2010, 10:58:21 PM
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MaqinessePumpkin's avatar
oh my god. you have my attention. my dad has the entire SG-1 series and I freaking love it!! this is absolutely amazing!! soon as I saw it I knew what it was! one the most feared enemies!!! so awesome *~*
The-Apiphobic-Artist's avatar
Wow. That looks extremely complicated and tedious. It seems like I would waste a lot of time making that.

...but yeah. I'm totally going to try. It's completely awesome!
billybob884's avatar
:D it's actually not that complicated... but yea, definitely tedious after a while
sonickingscrewdriver's avatar
Wow...that's paper? Wow. + fave
hollowman22's avatar
thats must of bine fucking hard to do
billybob884's avatar
not really, just time consuming
streetsam's avatar
Now you just have to worry about going to sleep one night and waking up to find two of these in your living room...

Cool build...
KoniraThax's avatar
OMG, I want to make one of these and scare my dad with it. He and I are big Stargate fans.
billybob884's avatar
hehe let me know if you do! ;)
Lussuria's avatar
This is incredible work!
When I saw this in my new deviations inbox I recognized it immediately!

So awesome.
billybob884's avatar
:D glad to see a fellow fan!
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Pulmonaria's avatar
I wouldn't be able to sleep if that thing was standing in my room XD
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JCFotografie's avatar
AHHH! Where are the ARG's??? We need the ARG's ASAP!

Nice work!
berlinghoff79's avatar
We are doomed!!!! Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!
lesinfox's avatar
Awesome work.
Now, to say goodbye to everyone i know, i need some time alone with my printer, scisors and glue.
Hmmm, magnetic blocks, maybe if I could find some very flat or small magnets and place those in the blocks, yes that should work. Filling out the legs with some sort of cardstock or cardboard should give them enough strength to stand. But then if I use magnets, theoretically I could make all of the individual blocks and create some sort of replicator puzzle.

The possibilities, they are endless :dance:

But first, I need those magnets.
billybob884's avatar
Hah, let me know how that turns out ;)
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dhaskoi's avatar
DUUUDE This is so freakin' awesome! It looks amazing.
Zombie-Killer's avatar
What have you done? It will devour our planet!!! :O
THEMUFFINMAN1227's avatar

I can't believe you never watched Atlantis, it was even better.
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