Did some scavenging in a pile of junk that Lady Shadowmoss was getting rid of and found this hi-tech bit of Martian technology:
The above is made from an old ball-type mouse (as opposed to a laser mouse) and a small desktop mic or camera tripod. It stands about 5 inches tall.
With a snip of the cable and a suitable paint job, I can use it for VSF or Far Future sci-fi games. And since the tripod fits inside the hole for the ball, no gluing is required. This means the mouse can function as a scout ship of some sort.