The Art of STAR WARS - Models

Thousands of models and props have been used in the making of the STAR WARS films. Many of the models are of the spaceships and vehicles that feature in the films. Some are small-scale models used for miniature photography, while others are full-size. Models and props can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, metal and plastic, and parts are sometimes taken from toy model kits or from real machines.

The Art of STAR WARS includes many models made by Industrial Light & Magic, the company set up by George Lucas in 1975 to create the visual effects for A New Hope. They include X-wing and TIE fighters from the original trilogy, as well as a spectacular full-size version of Anakin Skywalker´s Podracer from The Phantom Menace. "The era of Episode I is more polished, more individualised," says Design Director Doug Chiang when comparing the latest film to the previous three. "Vehicles and ships are treated as art forms. Many of them are romantic and elegant. It is a craftman´s era."

Photos: Claudia Riedel