I plan to put together a nice Stargate platform in the future, but for now I made a quick one out of air dry clay, painted with craft paint Acrylics. It's no purty, but it does the job!
For a tutorial on how I constructed the platform, go to...http://www.militarywargaming.com/viewtopic.php?f=76&t=2658&sid=01ceef57e0f65e7bdcc030c54396dce1
Later on in this project, I also plan to figure out how to make some M.A.L.P.'s....
The Mobile Analytic Laboratory Probe
, or M.A.L.P.
, is a reconnaissance probe employed by Stargate Command and the Atlantis expedition to determine the conditions on the other side of an active wormhole before sending a team through, in order to make sure it's safe. This function was originally held by the F.R.E.D., but the M.A.L.P. was designed with far superior scanning and analytical equipment, allowing it to take a much more thorough reading of a planet.
The M.A.L.P. is a remote-controlled drone with a variety of instruments to determine the safety of travel through the Stargate. It can monitor atmospheric conditions to make sure humans can survive on the other side. It can also transmit audio and video to make sure the area is clear of any potential hostiles, as well as confirming the presence of a functioning Dial Home Device so the team can return. (SG1: "Entity", "Revisions")
The Tau'ri have used two different types of M.A.L.P.s. The first kind, the Mark I, is a small, tread-equipped vehicle with a short grappler arm. This version was used during the first mission to Abydos, as well as during the first three years after the formation of Stargate Command. The second kind, the Mark II, is much larger, has a longer grappler arm, and uses conventional wheels (three on each side) as opposed to treads. It is somewhat more unwieldy than the Mark 1, but tougher. Mark I is were eventually phased out in favor of this model, though both were used at the same time during the transition.