Great documentary on a really interesting subject. “What makes an great/ iconic design?”. I like to think that the designers/ modelmakers themselves were super-talented artists and also they were strongly influenced by the environment,education and times they grew up in.
Model making was a more widespread popular hobby amoung a generation in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Cars, aircraft, ships, a lot of which were World War 11 subjects. What movies they watched, what books they read. If you were interested in cars/ engineering ( as George Lucas was), you probably hot-rodded cars, saw that putting an oversized engine on an old “ banger” of a car could create something new and cooler. And the effects of that, the dirt, the oil streaks. All that information sub- consciously feeds the skill of design.
Designs would have gone through a lot of development too, with protypes, alternatives being practically built/tested , not just on paper. They are rarely arrived quickly.
The narrator on the documentary also mentions ”the Silhouette” in design. Thats an extremely important design tool in Art, Architectural, Industrial Design, etc.
From little beginnings, George Lucas’s first rough concept design.