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Before The Force Awakens was released, Lucasfilm talked a lot about their efforts to use practical effects and such, using CGI relatively sparingly.

This video covers practical costumes, props, droids, aliens, and lifesize vehicles and ships for when the ships have landed but there's no mention of how the ships were done for space battles.

The original trilogy used small models for the spaceships when doing the space battles:

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Did they use models for any of the spaceships in The Force Awakens?

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    Based on the absence of set photos, my guess is that the exteriors were almost entirely CGI. – Valorum Dec 31 '15 at 12:59
  • I remember reading an article this week that epxlicitly noted TFA - despite the hype to the contrary - having MORE CGI and less models- than Episode I :) – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 19 '16 at 4:32
  • Wouldn't this be a question for movies.stackexchange.com? – flq Jan 26 '16 at 6:26
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The spaceships and space battles for The Force Awakens appear to be purely CGI.

In these behind the scenes videos, none of the spaceships appear to be models like in the Original Trilogy. While these videos don't give a comprehensive look at every special effect in the film, they do seem to indicate that the spaceships were completely CGI in The Force Awakens.

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