Elson's what i'm going to call it for the time being, at least till i think of something better.
Was toying with either 1/72nd or 1/48th. Decided to go with the former. In the top pic here you'll see a 48th scale figure that i've been holding back for just this sort of project and reckon would look really good. Alas, at that scale the ship'd be no bigger than a car. So i nixed that.
Second pic is it as 1/72nd, with part of the Revell MIR kit as the busy part of the cockpit, with one of the chairs from my original Faclon kit bunged on front.
I'm planning on having control devices on arms coming from the rear and below, up round to the pilot.