Hey folks!

It's Patrick Hurd here from DoomBuggy Productions. I know, I know. It's been quite a while since I last made an appearance here at JHM

"Where have you been?,"  you ask. Well, truth be told, since the holidays I've been wrapped up with all sorts of Star Wars related stuff.

It's no joke, folks. Earlier this year, I became involved with my local Star Wars fan club: The Jedi OKC. This group of Star Wars fans (aside from the usual fan club stuff) makes costumed appearances at and raises money for the Spencer Children's Hospital here in Oklahoma.

That sounded like fun. So I made myself a costume and joined in. As a result, I got the chance to experience  Celebration III in Indianapolis back in the Spring. And -- these past few weeks -- I've really been enjoying all the "Revenge of the Sith" -related stuff that's been going on.

So -- all in all -- I've really been enjoying becoming involved with the Jedi OKC. If you'd like to learn more about this particular "Star Wars" fan organization, you can do so by visiting their website: www.JediOKC.com. And if you're local we'd love to have you pay us a visit at one of our meetings or events.

Speaking of "Star Wars" related stuff, I've really been enjoying all these "Star Tours" stories Jim has been doing lately. (FYI: Today's installment of the "By George!" series has been slightly delayed. Look for that article to be posted on JHM sometime later this afternoon).

So -- in honor of this new JHM series -- I've decided  to revisit an "At Home Imagineering" project that I did originally did 'way back in 1989, the ...

What you'll be building here is a miniature recreation of the "Star Tours" marquee, which can be found just inside the entrance to Tomorrowland at Disneyland.

I create the sign "box" by layering together foam core. Then, by mixing table salt and white acrylic craft paint, I was able to add the concrete texture to my miniature marquee as well as hide all the seams on the foam core.

From there, all I had to do was glue black poster board to inside the box, then use a pin to punch holes for all the "stars." The scaled-down version of the actual "Star Tours" signage was added on top of this hand-made star field. Then I placed a small light inside the box to "light up" the stars from behind. And -- presto! -- I had my very own miniature recreation of this Tomorrowland icon.

Okay. I know. What with those miniature "posters" flanking the marquee, this Disneyland recreation isn't 100% accurate. But -- that said -- you have to admit that adding these other "Star Tours" destination posters to my scaled-down marquee does make it look pretty cool.

For a complete set of instructions for this particular "At Home Imagineering" project, please follow this link. And -- while you're around at the DoomBuggy Productions website -- be sure & check out some of my other "Star Wars" -related arts & crafts projects: The Star Wars Pepsi Can Mobile and my Star Wars Ceiling Fan.

That's it for this week, folks. Until next time ... Happy crafting!

Patrick Hurd