Looking at buying into this on the Imperial side of things (will probably get some rebel scum so I can have things to shoot at too mind).
I find myself drawn to larger ships some what, VT49 Decimator and with the Raider popping up on pre order.
It's pretty damn hard to stick to one faction! When you're used to dropping hundreds of pounds on a single army, maxing out an entire faction with the same cash leaves you wanting more!
Large ships are great fun, don't underestimate the Shuttle or the Firespray either - they don't get as much press as the Decimator, but they're both exceptionally capable ships when flown and kitted out well.
I was, but I haven't got on with the larger ships so well for this..
What ships have you tried and what problems did you have? Maybe we can offer some combined wisdom (or idiocy, you know, whatever