I figure there where certain key elements to the success of Star Wars in 1977 and one of them just has to be the model work produced by ILM (Industrial Light & Magic). You'd had spaceships and model work in loads of films before (probably the best being 2001 A Space Odyssey) but this just looked something else, this was spaceships in space, I mean the film even opened with a sequence that blew your mind as an Imperial Destroyer just kept on filling up the screen as it followed the more moderately sized Tantive IV carrying Princess Leia. Nothing matched that model work back then it but it inspired countless copies on film and TV.
'What a piece of junk!', yes he is right, the Millennium Falcon is a trash can but its also really cool and every kid wanted to fly in it. To my eyes those models where the real thing and still to this day outmatch any updated CGI version they've fiddled with. You can watch a recent version of the film and spot the 'real' (model) parts to the 'fake' (CGI) parts every time, yeah that's made it loads better hasn't it.