His missile having impacted on the surface of the exhaust port, we barely see the damage caused by Red Leader's torpedo in the original STAR WARS, apart from the explosion as the X-wing pulls out of the trench. But a lot of effort went into creating that damage and the model of the port itself, as seen in these pictures taken at ILM in late 1976/77.
|Model maker Steve Gawley at work.|
|The hand of the Empire, indeed!|
Steve Gawley and Lorne Peterson talk about the model making of the Classic Trilogy: