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    Smile Build log: Star 45

    Hello all!
    I am building my first radio controlled sailboat. My choose is STAR 45. Few photos of building the hull:
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    Gluing the keel :
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    I have just finished the hull :
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    I wonder what material use to do the hull sheathing. I'm thinking about the birch plywood, but don't know what thickness. Can you advise me?
    I have one more question: Can I use braided fishing line for sail rigging?
    BTW.: I have bought servos: HiTec HS-785HB for sail winch & HiTec HS-765HB for rudder.
    Now I just have to choose RC transmitter & receiver.
    Please, answer ASAP.
    Thank you in advance

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    Default Re: Build log: Star 45

    looks nice. thats a lot of clothsepins...

    I would recommend using braiding fishing wire... I use 60lb on all my boats. something like this...
    http://www.berkley-fishing.com/Berkl...FaVxOgodMQwAvw

    the only down side is that you need to use crimping sleeves. not as easy as a knot, but a lot less stretch and IMO wire is more durable than the string braids. the string is finen for the sheets and such.

    I woudl reccomend a ditigal TX. I like the spektrum DX6i, but the new chinese copy orange form hobby king is pretty new and delightfully cheap... I havenot tried it yet but I will likely get one as a backup...
    Marc

    S1M 1981
    Victoria 81
    RG65 181
    IOM 81, 681, 881

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    Default Re: Build log: Star 45

    Thank you for quick answer
    I know that the Spektrum transmitters are very good for sailing models, but I was wondering about the Graupner MX-10 HOTT 5ch 2,4GHz & GR-12 receiver. What do you think about it?
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    Default Re: Build log: Star 45

    i don't know anything about the gaupner...
    here is the link to the orange unit..
    https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/...arehouse_.html
    Marc

    S1M 1981
    Victoria 81
    RG65 181
    IOM 81, 681, 881

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    Default Re: Build log: Star 45

    Thank you
    ... but there is no warranty for Orange transmitter. Spektrum DX6i has got 1 year warranty. BTW. Do you know anything about the range of this transmitter from HobbyKing or original DX6i?

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    Default Re: Build log: Star 45

    I've never had any control issues with the dx6i been able to sail as far as I can reliably see the boat and tell whats its doing... 100 yards easy...

    mount the RX above the waterline..

    for the price of the DX you could buy two oranges.

    Electronics warranty have never been anything I generally worry about. but i will say that there are a lot of good comments on spektrum and their warranty service.
    Marc

    S1M 1981
    Victoria 81
    RG65 181
    IOM 81, 681, 881

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    Default Re: Build log: Star 45

    HI Marc, read your post on the orange, was tempted by one myself - how long have you been using them ?
    No race is finished till the finishing line is crossed !

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    Mni40 - Cobra sailed again in Nov 12. Great fun !
    Mini40 - Coyote in construction
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    Default Re: Build log: Star 45

    I picked up the orange tx this winter. Nice radio easy to set up, great price. Got the RG , Vic ODOM and soling set up. Only sailed the RG so far this year. So far it is a winner for me.
    Craig

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    Default Re: Build log: Star 45

    i don't have one yet. currently they are barck ordered in all warehouses. I have been happy with the spektrum. but sicne I sold my EC12 I let the radio go with the boat. so I have no "back up" I have never purchased a new spektrum. always got them used for around 100 bucks.. but the orange looks like a great deal...
    Marc

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    Victoria 81
    RG65 181
    IOM 81, 681, 881

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    Default Re: Build log: Star 45

    Hey!
    I have decided to use birch plywood for a hull sheathing. For bottom planking 0.8mm, for side & deck - 1.5mm. I have bought them already, and they will be deliver tomorrow.
    Finally, the servos were delivered few minutes ago ;D
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    I don't mind if it wil be used or new. Thank you in advance
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