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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: Today at 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.

CT
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