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« on: April 11, 2018, 01:53:02 PM »

Hi,

I'm trying to restock my supply of 1/32, 1/20 sticks and sheets. Past suppliers are no longer around.

Where are folks finding wood for peanut and pistachio, free-flight scale?

I've tried stripping my own but haven't had satisfactory results.

I did a post in the general forum also. I'm in the U.S.

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2018, 03:14:42 PM »

SIG balsa for one https://sigmfg.com/collections/balsa-sheets

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2018, 03:40:13 PM »

http://www.specializedbalsa.com/products/index.php
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2018, 03:44:55 PM »

I've bought from Specialized Balsa before.  Excellent products and service.
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2018, 05:03:34 PM »

 Grin  ntry a to z supply and  go to don Wilson   lcwd@sympatico.ca  call905 9455647

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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2018, 11:03:51 AM »

Thanks....good resources!

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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2018, 02:13:52 PM »

I was surprised to read that stripping your own wood has not worked for you. What stripper are you using? I haven't purchased stick wood in many years. I strip all of my own wood.

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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2018, 02:53:08 PM »

I agree with BG about stripping one's own wood. 

Doing so allows you to put weight/strength where you want it and avoid the weight where you don't.

I've used a Jim Jones balsa stripper for almost 30 years now.  It easily pays for itself when taking into account the markup on balsa strip stock.

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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2018, 06:25:56 PM »

I got my Jim Jones stripper back in 87 and could not live without it.  A2z used to make a machined copy but they died several years ago and are no longer available.  Someone was making a plywood version as a fundraiser for the indoor JR team or some such.  I purchased one and sent it to Jv-44 in Uruguay.  I do not think they are available anymore either.
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2018, 08:19:28 PM »

If budget isn't an issue, the Harlan balsa stripper is very precise, though it takes a little longer to use. Also, you can cut precisely tapered strips. The straightedge sits on top of the stock you're cutting. You trim the edge straight and then back off the micrometers the distance you want. The blade is held in a wooden block, with an overhang to make room for the sheet. If budget is an issue, and you're clever, you could always make your own version. I don't think you need a pitch QUITE as fine as a micrometer head, unless you're building F1D's or something.

For larger models, you might find it a bit slow, and some models need thicker wood than it can handle, I think.

Even if you don't make a balsa stripper, if you can get some of those old, blue blade razors, you'll find they cut better. These are the double edge type. You snap them in half and then break off a bit to get the shape you want on the end. I've used modern double edge razors. They cut well for a very short distance, and then get dull. They also sometimes bend when you're trying to snap them cleanly.

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indoorspecialties.com

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« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2018, 10:32:35 PM »

Search some of the earlier threads.  They go into detail how you can make your own strippers probably from under a buck apiece.
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« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2018, 10:45:15 PM »

My usual stripper for scale projects is just a block of wood, with a spacer glued on that's as thick as I need the width of the strips to be. And then a razor blade glued on to the spacer.
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« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2018, 06:01:57 PM »

I buy my balsa from National Balsa
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« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2018, 12:12:39 PM »

Thanks for all the tips.

My stripper is a hand-me-down, homemade type. I probably haven't given it a fair try, so I'll give it a go again.

I did just place an order with Specialized Balsa.

Thanks again!
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« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2018, 04:28:43 AM »

Michael's has pretty good balsa marketed under the Revell name.
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« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2018, 09:46:03 PM »

I agree, good wood can be found at Micheals and if you time it right, like this Sunday you can get 20% off already decent prices. BUT the best part is you get to pick it your self. I go with a gram scale and a density chart so I dont have to measure or enter dimensions.
Alternatively you can use an online density calculator via your phone to get really precise density based on actual measurements. I use the chart to decide to buy or not a particular piece then at home I use a dial type thickness guage(like many of us use to measure stripped rubber) to measure several places on the wood and calipers to get width and a tape measure I've calibrated to get high accuracy density.

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« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2018, 02:12:12 AM »

Just a follow-up.

Received my order from Specialized Balsa Wood. Prompt delivery, well packaged and excellent wood.
I was able to get all my requests (1/32, 1/20 sticks and sheets and more) plus some very fine 1/64 sheet.

I'd highly recommend them. Thanks for all the suggestions.

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« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2018, 10:35:27 AM »

Hi All,
I am making a Jim Jones style stripper now. If you need a stripper head over to hummingbirdmodelproducts.com

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« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2018, 11:23:47 AM »

You don't seem to get it. Quit advertising at every turn.
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« Reply #19 on: April 25, 2018, 06:02:45 PM »

Sincerest apologies. Will not mention it again.
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« Reply #20 on: April 25, 2018, 07:35:41 PM »

Actually, I am very happy that BG has let us know that he has one of the best balsa strippers in production. I did not know that unless somebody "advertises" and this thread is totally appropriate as balsa needs strippers. BG is an excellent modeler and his products would reflect his talents, I am positive.  Many of the cottage industries we depend on "advertise" in the course of conversation as to what they would have pertinent to the thread. A good example is George Bredehoft of Volare, Dave N. at Easy Built, Chuck E. at Peck Polymers, and several others. I welcome their input and find nothing wrong at all with letting us know what they have for our benefit. I am happy that they are participating and seeing what interests us and will get ideas for new products from the conversations. I also have no heartburn about individuals alone also "advertising" a product that they find works well for them. I think we need to lighten up a bit.
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« Reply #21 on: April 25, 2018, 08:08:06 PM »

I to am glad to know that the Jim Jones stripper is available.  Perhaps if BG would have just let us know that and then not added the source that would have been better.  I am glad to know that it is available at any rate.
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« Reply #22 on: April 25, 2018, 08:22:11 PM »

It pays to have a good caliper to double check your strip. I think they go hand in hand. BTW, Jeez what’s the fuss all about?
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« Reply #23 on: April 25, 2018, 09:35:42 PM »

What is the heartburn with some advertising? We need all the help we can get, why should our supply guys hide?
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« Reply #24 on: April 25, 2018, 09:52:39 PM »

In a discussion about sourcing sheet balsa and strip balsa, I think it is entirely appropriate to mention the availability of a Jim Jones stripper.  I also appreciate knowing where to find it.  Knowing something is available but not knowing where to get it is a little frustrating.  I honestly don't know hippockets policy on this sort of thing but it comes across as the right place and the right time to me.
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