I'm planning on creating a small spaceship cockpit for a short film project. I'd be trying to make it as cheap and simple as possible.
The size is going to be around that of a Viper or X-Wing cockpit, I'll also be going for a similar design.
I'll use acrylic sheeting for illumination panels, and for the one or two interactive displays that will be in the cockpit, example below. The screen UI will be added in as an effect.
The screens will be illuminated from outside lighting, like you see in the photo below. I'll probably also use plywood for support.
I won't worry about buying buttons and electronic parts for the controls and such, I'll use angles so that I can hide or insinuate things. It's going to be a fairly short sequence with tight shots and shallow DoF/lens flares.
Where I need your help:
I'm using foam for the interior of the cockpit. What are my paint options, is there any spray paint that won't melt the foam? Are there any sites out there that detail the construction of science fiction sets, so I can get ideas for building my own? Any suggestions you guys have?