As near as possible here is a list of materials used on the model which although started from day one, is still missing some items.

  • 10 sheets 60th ( 1.5mm ) plastic card
  • 10 – 12 sheets 40th ( 1mm ) plastic card
  • odds of 10, 20, and 30 card.
  • 15 metres garden wire, 2 packs styrofoam sheet
  • bought model skull, 1 roll solder wire
  • assorted evergreen strip, rod and tube.
  • assorted brass, steel and aluminium rod
  • plastruct 16, 19, 28, 40 and 50mm tube
  • assorted rectangle tube.
  • assorted square tube.
  • plastruct rings, discs and elbows.
  • medium and large curtain rings.
  • light fitting, balsa square, round and strip.
  • 16 large and 12 small packs of Das clay
  • 85 meters of 7mm flex
  • 75 meters of 5mm flex.
  • The total hours was about 900 spread over two years

approximate dimensions

  • 140 cm long ( 55 inches )
  • 93 cm High ( 36 inches )
  • 46 cm wide ( 18 inches )


Final thoughts

This now the third model of the space jockey i have scratch built. I was well pleased with all of them but of course this is the biggest and last. I’m not even a sci – fi fan but to be honest when i bought a book many years ago about the making of the film i was quite hooked on the idea of making one stuck with me. A friend of my son came round to see it and was very enthusiastic about it and that was pleasing, he then asked me if i would ever do another one and the answer was a certainly not. The time and cost of this would be too much to repeat and i dont think it would ever be as rewarding as this. Another thing was that towards the finish there was the problem of weight and size and honestly it was good to see the it done….well almost.jockey55


This is the photo of the completed and painted model. I coated the face, ribs and a few other parts in latex and after peeling some away, it looked reasonable and fairly patchy. I painted the scope first in dark graphite grey and then a slightly lighter shade.

I did the same to the base and then merged in some ivory, light brown, rust and red primer, all these were from rattle cans.

When it was all dry i blended some of the colours using and airbrush. Before madness set in, i called it a day and a project that spread over two years was finally done.


This ‘n That

Some thinned out das clay was made up and painted into the various places around the face and ribs etc.

Some more bits and pieces were added to the face and then sanded away again until i thought it looked OK. I suppose even more can be done with it but i had to stop somewhere.

Final scope detail

A slab of das was added to the scope front and 14 half round balls were bedded into it whilst still wet. When it all dried they were removed and fitted again with spots of superglue.

Side support bars had tops added from small pieces of shaped das. Holes at the top of the scope main support body were drilled to allow main scope body to be removable.

Back again

Pieces of das were added to the seat back and top and cut then shaped into place. Thinner pieces were laid on and again shaped, some small pieces of plastic rod were added to these as they were still wet and more das blended into and under the rear ledge to meat the rear tubes.

Odds and sods

More smaller details were added from das to the seat top and back and blending them together. The seat ribs had to be continued around almost to the rear seat tubes.

A couple of the main ribs were replaced fitting them slightly higher and some small discs of das were blended into the jockeys elbows.

Yet more scope detail

More das was added to the scope sides and the front and then and blended in. 1/4 inch pieces of half round rod were cut to lengths and added to the scope supports and the same in lengths to the front triangle part.

To top horn or bone was a light fitting socket covered in das and fitted and patterned while it was still wet.

Getting a facelift

At this stage i decided to add more detail to the face as i was neve too sure about it. The eyes were filled with a bit more das and shaped again, the jaw and mouth sides were re-done and the cheek bones altered. I then altered the bones that came down from the lower cheek to the jaw.

Scope and front detail

Evergreen tube and elbows were made up to length and fitted to the front sides of the scope supports with solid das cone shapes in the middle of the centre one.

The top circles are plastic card cups filled with das and then plastruct rings fitted, DAS was then used to blend all the edges with plastic and das top parts run up from these to below scope body. The front had a covering of das roughly shaped and blended in.

Scope rear

The rear scope box was again from 60th plastic card made into a basic rectangle, then angled pieces added to the sides and two end pieces made. Two pieces of half round large bore tube were added to the sides and covered in thin das clay, above these were added two pieces of plastruct tube with part of them covered with plastic coated copper wire and above these two pieces of evergreen tube.

In stages the das was added and shaped until the shape was close but over size, which allowed for final shaping and sanding. The eyepiece is from 40th card shaped and then covered in das and blended into the rear. The eyepiece detail is from a curtain ring and smaller pieces of plastic rod.

Scope body

One of the most difficult parts of this model was the scope main body, I first made a rectangle centre section from various thickness plastic card. I then used some 28mm tube from plastruct and cut two pieces to length, i drilled a hole at each end and then started the long boring task of covering it with electrical flex fixing one end into the hole and every so often a spot of superglue was added to the tube and then more winding until the end was fixed to the hole at the other end. Below these were fitted two plain pieces of tube, below these were two pieces of tube this time coverered in thinner flex in the same way as before, below these were two more coverered in the same flex and finally another plain tube. The shape moving outwards at the bottom was done by simply adding pieces of square tube behind each main tube as required.

Scope Front

Two pieces of shaped 40th plastic card were spaced for a lower middle and raised outside edges. Infills of scrap card and when dry filled with das and re-shaped.

Pieces of small tube were wrapped with copper wire and bedded into the das. when it was all dry the whole lot was coated in superglue.

Seat Ribbing

Thin pieces of das clay were rolled out and run from the seat sides across the arms and tucked in using lots of water.

Pieces of das were then pushed into the tops of the sides and blended into the shoulder tops and more added later as needed. more was added later to the seat backs and top and again smoothed in.