I recently started learning 3ds Max. Here is time-lapse of me modeling lightsaber hilt in 12 minutes (it's squeezed to 1:30, but methods should be quite clearly visible). I'm planning to learn enough to include some 3d elements in my future videos.
Speed Modeling - Lightsaber Hilt - YouTube
I don't have any formal training in 3d modeling yet, so there might be some flawed techniques of downright grotesque mistakes, so apologies for that. Hope you guys found it interesting.