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I own a Star45 7 50.00%
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Feb 25, 2018, 05:37 PM
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Steve Deligan did a nice job on the build manual.
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Feb 26, 2018, 12:14 PM
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Steve Deligan did a nice job on the build manual.
Yes, his manual made all the difference in the world in helping me to succeed in this build.
Fred
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Feb 26, 2018, 02:48 PM
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Well if there's a step that I will probably mess up it's going to be the glassing of the bottom. I'm using a new product called EasyCast, which was recommended by a master builder who hasn't actually used it yet himself so this will be a learning curve for both of us. What's the worse that can happen We shall see in a few hours, assuming it ever gets hard. Ok, I'm ready for the critiques, let me have it, I can take it
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Feb 26, 2018, 11:01 PM
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Looks good Fred. Keep going, you will do fine. Ryan
Feb 27, 2018, 01:28 PM
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Ok, I need some help. How much sanding do I do to the rudder and keel. Down to almost to the shafts? I know it needs to be an airfoil, but how thick? The reason I ask is because my Blackwell fiberglass Star has a flat metal keel and rudder.
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Feb 28, 2018, 12:41 AM
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Fred,
Sand only enough to get a decent airfoil shape. Don't sand so much that you compromise the strength of the rudder. Ryan
Mar 01, 2018, 05:52 PM
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The Star45 fleet is growing in the Houston area. I just acquired a gem from a nice lady in Dallas. It seems this boat, named Scottie, has won it's share of regattas in it's day. It looks to be in great shape, I may need to upgrade the arm servo, but otherwise it looks to be very good condition. Anybody from the Birmingham Ala. area recognize this beauty?
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Mar 04, 2018, 01:58 PM
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After sanding the first coat of epoxy and adding a second coat, I sanded again. To fill in any pits, I applied a coat of Glazing & Spot Putty. In a few hours I will sand down this putty using 400 grit, then 800 grit wet sandpaper to get it ready for paint.
Also think I've got the rudder and keel sanded down enough. I will wait until I get them installed before applying a coat of epoxy.
Any suggestions or comments on what I may have missed or done incorrectly.
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Mar 04, 2018, 06:03 PM
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As it turns out I had very few pits or bumps. Should have a smooth surface when I paint. The hull has been cut away from the build board. Can't believe how much work is involved just to get to this point. Next step will be to begin installing the servos and rudder and keel. Still waiting on my bulb, which I ordered several weeks ago. I haven't decided what kind of deck I want to install.
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Mar 06, 2018, 02:34 PM
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Today I installed the rudder mount, but didn't glue it in yet, and glued the three different lengths of Sitka Spruce together to form the King Plank. After these dry I will work on the mast support and shroud plates. Then comes the hardest part, installing the keel and gluing in the rudder mount and keeping everything aligned properly.
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Mar 08, 2018, 01:37 PM
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Got the keel and rudder tubes glued in. Dry mounted my drum servo. I will be gluing the servo mount to the keel tubes to give them some strength. I have a turning block at the stern to run a continuous loop to the drum servo. I will run a sheet through the thru deck sheet lead to the jib boom post. Probably will run it through an offset block to keep it away from the mast. I also will run a sheet through another block near the mast base and then back to the mainsheet post. Will it work, I guess I will find out. Any suggestions/comments are welcome Also glued in a mast base support below the deck.
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Mar 08, 2018, 07:21 PM
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Looking good Fred!
Mar 09, 2018, 01:41 PM
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Today I constructed the rudder servo mount. Also moved the drum servo, needed more room to remove the lower screws once installed. Constructed a mount for the thru deck sheet lead. I plan on securing it to a hard wood block with screws rather than the supplied bolts. Hope this will work. I also have constructed a new mount for my recently acquired Star, Scottie, to replace the 30 year old winch setup. Interesting swing arm setup, which I'm going to retain if it works. I also replaced the rudder servo. I believe I'm ready to seal the interior with epoxy and all mounts. I still haven't decided what to do about the deck. Any suggestions? Wood? Plastic? See thru? Still waiting on my order for vacuum bagging stuff so I can finish the keel and rudder. My bulb is on it's way also.
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Mar 10, 2018, 05:24 PM
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Been a busy day. I completed the servo upgrades to Scottie and did a dry test with the sails mounted and everything seems to be working properly. I coated the interior of my hull with as good coat of epoxy. I received my bulb this afternoon and did a little sanding and filing to get a good fit. I applied fiberglass and epoxy to both my rudder and keel using the vacuum bag method as suggested by John Fisher. Step 1 was to coat the fiberglass with lots of epoxy, then wrap first with a layer of Peel Ply, followed by a wrap of Breather Cloth. I then placed the whole thing in a vacuum bag and sucked out all the air using my newly acquired food aid machine. Time to take a few days off to let everything dry properly.
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New swing arm servo

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Applied good coat of epoxy

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Did some sanding and filing to get keel to fit new bulb.

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Heavy coat of epoxy on fiberglass

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Wrapped with a layer of Peel Ply

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Sucked out all the air.
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Mar 13, 2018, 05:31 PM
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Got servos and blocks installed inside the hull. Sanded down the rudder and keel to remove excess fiberglass and epoxy. Inserted the keel into the epoxied bulb. I think I have decided on what kind of deck to construct. How about using the left over sticks that I used for the bottom. I have a mix of two different sizes of basswood. I have glued up the first two strips, after covering my hull with wax paper. Will it work, I guess time will tell.
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