When the original movie Star Wars, episode IV “A New Hope” was released in 1977, computer generated graphics (CGI) had not reached prime time to be included in the making of feature films. The original move and the two follow-ups, episode V “The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and episode VI “Return of the Jedi” were filmed using detailed models constructed specifically for the movies.
These “miniatures” were filmed with cameras with complete movement giving the scenes a realistic feel. Some of the CGI used in the three prequels (episodes I, II, III), while spectacular at the time 1999-2005, occasionally failed to give the realistic impression of size, detail, varying levels of filth and damage.
Below is a gallery of images of some of those beloved models that fueled so many memories: