Diving In: Katherine McCune, owner of Grant McCune Design Inc., with scale model of a submarine at her firm’s offices in Van Nuys.

Diving In: Katherine McCune, owner of Grant McCune Design Inc., with scale model of a submarine at her firm’s offices in Van Nuys.

As president of Grant McCune Design, Katherine McCune runs a company with what is likely one of the most storied pedigrees in the entertainment industry. For one, the miniatures, models and specialty-props business was started in 1992 by McCune’s husband, Grant, the chief model maker for the first “Star Wars” movie. He then went on to do special effects for “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” “Spiderman” and “X2: X-Men United,” among other pictures...

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