I fell in love with Star Wars as a kid because of the books more so than the movies, chief among them Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy and Michael A. Stackpole's and Aaron Allston's X-Wing series. I saved up money and bought a joystick specifically just to fly around in an X-wing on a computer that would freeze and die every time the Death Star came into view. I will forever be a Rebel because of this ship =)
In my first Maya class, we were tasked with modeling a car. I forget the exact wording of the assignment, but I managed to loosely interpret it to mean a 'vehicle' and modeled an X-Wing instead =) I should try to find that old model and do a 'then and now' comparison!