It can be very daunting getting your first ship in game but it really is a lot of fun once you getting it working, for placing lasers etc i found loading the object into wings3d and placing a vertex at the point where you want the laser/turret/subentity to be placed and making a note of the vertex co-ordinates worked really well for getting the settings for the shipdata.plist
If i can help getting your ship into game just let me know, once you have your first ship in game the others will be no problem
For me, Understanting is more valuable than Knowing.
If I don't practise a Theory (knowing), I won't be able to repeat it (so, no understanding).
If you help me, I won't get it right, my brain won't have the [TILT!] impulsion that leads knowing to understanding.
Besides, you ALREADY have helped much, with all the informations you guys gave me. My brain is now capable of "understanding OOlite StarShips".
Having experienced this stage of knowledge, now, I am able to understand OOlite Stations, because of the similarities with StarShips.
This second stage of knowledge will undoubtly and inevitably leads me to understanding OOlites Star Systems.
And THIS, specially, will lead me to the achievement of my goal : Star Trek in OOlite.