I've been experimenting with rigging and found a tutorial by David Ward. It's a pretty good rig but I cannot get the weight painting to deform the mesh properly. It does small movements pretty well but not large rotations or moves.
I took the Silver Surfer idea and made my own version: the Chrome Waverider.
Have fun with it.
I re-uploaded a new file with the background picture. You will need to link to the world:surface:background image - CIMG1082.JPG for it to appear as the background. Sorry.