I got a wild hair and decided to scratch-build a Clone Wars Y-Wing bomber. It will be in 1:48 to be consistent with various other Star Wars ships I have, including various SMT TIE variants, and Y-Wing, and the FM X-Wing.
I started with top and bottom views that I found online - they appear to be studio renders.
From Starwars.com and the Wookiepedia I got the stated dimensions and used those to scale the drawings to 1:48. It works out to 19" long.
Using tracing velum I overlaid the originals and created top and bottom views. From those and from lots and lots of screenshots, etc. from the show, I attempted to extrapolate out section shapes to make templates.
From here, actual construction begins. Using epoxy I laminated three foot-long pieces of 3/8" x 6" balsa to make a 1 1/8" x 6" x 12" blank.
I kept it under the weight of a couple of highschool yearbooks as it dried. In retrospect, I probably should have used wood glue instead of epoxy, but it should be okay.
The next day, I scanned my drawings and printed them full size on cardstock which was then cut out to make a half-hull template. Once the centerline was found on the balsa blank, this template was transferred to each side of the center line.
Hopefully over the long weekend I'll be able to start cutting. First the outline on the jigsaw, and then start carving and sanding, using the profile templates.
Once completed, this will all be covered in styrene, which will be scribed with panel lines, etc.
This is my first attempt at scratchbuilding anything so large. Wish me luck!