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View Poll Results: Do you own a Star45
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Jan 28, 2018, 12:47 PM
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Fred,
I understand from Phil you live in The Woodlands. I'm glad to hear you are trying to rebuild interest in the class, it's a great boat. I have a Blackwell hull that I promised to a friend that wants to get into RC sailing. If he has lost interest I will let you know. I think there are enough Stars in the area that we could put some on the water for a practice session. I will dust my boat off and see if it still floats.
Thanks,
Duayne

Ok you The Woodlands area skippers let's hear from you and we can hit Lake Woodlands for a little practice.
Fred
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Jan 29, 2018, 03:21 PM
a.k.a. Bob Parks
Need a real one?

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/b...463679596.html
Jan 29, 2018, 07:22 PM
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Will that fit in my Prius
Fred
Jan 30, 2018, 04:22 PM
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Looks like they have completed construction at Lake Woodlands. I just checked out the park and this looks like a great venue for sailing. Except for the duck poop on the sidewalks So, you, The Woodlands/Conroe area skippers, let's get together for a show and tell on Lake Woodlands in the near future. Plus, I got a great shot of my house on the point

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Fred Sheldon
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Jan 31, 2018, 07:24 PM
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Feb 02, 2018, 11:18 AM
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Feb 04, 2018, 11:28 AM
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Neat video! Makes me want to build one! Hmmmmm
Now's your chance.

I've decided to give building my own wooden Star45 a try. This will be a first for me, I've always purchased a ready to race kit in the past. I will be receiving assistance from several fellow skippers via the Facebook site. I just ordered the laser cut bulkheads, fin and rudder from StevensAero. I also ordered the Star 45 Construction Manual by Stephen Deligan. Once I figure out what I need I will be ordering the wood from balsawood Inc. unless someone has a better source. Anybody else who has thought about building a Star is welcome to build along with me and we can learn together.
Fred

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Feb 04, 2018, 11:08 PM
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Star 45 mast parts


These are some photos of my mast header/crane and mast foot/step. I am using a Larry Ludwig airfoil mast. Started with a 96" mast which left enough to use the remainder for the main boom.

The mast inserts started as I think a 3/8" aluminum rod and I filed it down to fit inside the mast. There is a 2-56 screw at the mast base to set into one of the mast step slots.

The mast head is made with 3/8" aluminum rod and sheet aluminum. The crane is limited to 3" aft of the mast by rules. I cut and shaped the crane, fit it into the aluminum rod and held them together with a 2-56 screw. The screw sets into a slot filed into the top of the mast. This setup has been test sailed only once so far but I had no issues, it worked just fine.

I like the design of the mast crane and it seems to work well. Some improvements I can see are some holes to lighten the parts. The piece forward of the mast could probably be removed, it doesn't really have any purpose and I don't see any present or future need for it.

The bottom view of the airfoil mast shows an aluminum rod insert with a slot cut into it from front to back. A hole is drilled from side to side and taped for a 2-56 screw. The mast sets on a slotted mast step with the screw going down into one of the slots.

The mast step mounted to the deck is a "PEKABE 357 Mast Step Adjustment" purchased on eBay. The screw at the base of the mast running from side to side goes into one of the deck mast step part slots. It allows for some adjustment of the mast for and aft.

The gooseneck/kicking strap was purchased from Midwest Model yachting and is the model for the IOM groovy mast. This is Midwest part# 112G. This gooseneck is shorter from top to bottom than the one they sell for the Star and allows you to have the main boom closer to the deck. It will need to be filed down to a triangle shape on the side that will slide into the sail track because the groovy mast that the gooseneck is made for has a different sail track shape than the airfoil mast.
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Feb 05, 2018, 02:01 PM
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3D printed parts for Star 45


Here are a few pictures of 3D printed parts that I made for my Star 45. Both of the parts are specifically made for use with the Larry Ludwig airfoil mast. One part is actually for the mast and the other is for use with a section of the airfoil mast being use as the main boom. The long narrow pieces are like hinges for attaching the main sail to the mast. They slide into the sail track and a tooth pick goes into the tube which will be outside the sail track and the tooth pick also goes thru loops on the main sail to hold it.

The other part slips on to the outside of the boom to act as a main sheet guide. I will probably put a screw thru one side to hold it in place while also allowing it to be moved it if you want to select a different position.

I haven't actually used either of the parts yet. I am still in the testing stage at this point. They both fit just fine so I just need to try them out to see if I encounter any problems.
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Feb 08, 2018, 04:53 PM
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Well my wood order arrived, but still no laser cutouts, which were ordered last Friday. So, I decided to make a strongback using a 12" base rather than chance damaging the loaner I got from Phil Renquest. I used my jig saw to cut the slots in the strips of wood. I will wait for the cutouts before I glue the side strips down to make sure they are aligned properly. I'm using a 12" base in case I decide to use the rubberband method of holding the wood down.
Fred
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Feb 09, 2018, 07:48 PM
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Well for better or worse, I'm on my way. Letting the glue dry and just ordered the rest of my wood now that I can measure the forms for the correct sizes. Now I need to figure out where to get the rudder shaft and housing and what size to use. I hope my Construction manual I ordered will have all the good answers to my dumb question that I'm sure I will have. Or, I can do what I normally do, pester my friends with dozens of phone calls. My bulkheads were ordered last Friday and they just arrived. Good thing I had the special 2 day Priority delivery
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Feb 12, 2018, 03:53 PM
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While waiting for my final wood order I decided to make up something to store the wood in and maintain some order.
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Feb 12, 2018, 07:55 PM
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Hi Fred I'm building CPM kit and found quick release rudder post.(Same dia.as kit post)Radio Sailing Shop/rudder section.
Feb 12, 2018, 09:58 PM
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Hi Fred I'm building CPM kit and found quick release rudder post.(Same dia.as kit post)Radio Sailing Shop/rudder section.
Thanks for that heads up.
Fred
Feb 25, 2018, 01:40 PM
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It's been 9 days since I started and this is how far I have come. I'm about ready to glass the hull. The rudder is about finished, and I'm half the way with the keel. So far no big issues, but there is a learning curve. I will be doing some things different next time. Having the advice of friends and using a very nice book to go by has made the process much easier than I thought possible. I'm in the process of sanding down the hull, not sure when I should stop.
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