Magic of Myth: the Diorama
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Magic of Myth: the Diorama

For the tenth anniversary of our honeymoon trip to Washington DC to see the Magic of Myth exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum, I constructed a scale model using Star Wars toys from various companies over the years, as well as images found online and from my extensive personal library.

It was constructed in secret over one month’s time, because I had to break it down and hide it every afternoon before my wife got home from work.

Fellow customizers like Peter Flessas and Chris Rinehart pitched in, contributing some of the miniature mannequins and vital graphics. And right in the middle of it, I had to take off for ten days to write an article on the Star Wars Holiday Special for the Insider!

A lot of sweat and tears and literal blood went into the creation of it, but when I had my wife enter the room with her eyes closed, and played a CD of James Earl Jones intoning, “Welcome to the National Air and Space Museum” before letting her turn around and see it for the first time, it was well worth it.

The Author: Alex Newborn

Alex is a lifelong fan of the Star Wars movies and everything Disney, so his obsession with Star Tours comes as no surprise. Born in 1970, Alex visited Walt Disney World for the first time in 1975, and saw the original Star Wars film in its first theatrical run in 1977. He returned to Disney in the 80’s and the 90’s… riding STAR TOURS (twice!) on one fateful day in 1991. He has yet to visit Disney in the new millennium, waiting for both his children to be the required 40″ tall to ride STAR TOURS.

“What I’d really like to see is a Tour chartered for the planet New Bornalex,” says Alex with a smile. The planet, mentioned first in Cloak of Deception, is a Tuckerization of Alex’s name, an honor bestowed on him in print by author Jim Luceno.

Alex is currently at work on a partial realisation of his childhood Disney-in-miniature wish– he is constructing a hyper-accurate 1:18 scale Star Tours diorama to showcase his collection of park-exclusive action figures.

In the meantime, Alex is always on the lookout for more STAR TOURS video or audio files, and other STAR TOURS memoribilia. Alex also is our site’s researcher, and comes with never seen before goodies, for your entertainment. Give him a round of applause guys.

Comments 1

  1. Maxwell
    Mar 3, 2011

    Awesome!!

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