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Post  RK Flyer on Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:15 am

Where is everyone buying their wood these days? I canceled a order from Sig because it was still on back order after 3 weeks & I was tired of waiting!

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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:24 am

RK Flyer wrote:Where is everyone buying their wood these days? I canceled a order from Sig because it was still on back order after 3 weeks & I was tired of waiting!

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Well, that's bad news as I am putting together a SIG order now. We are down to just one local hobby store and their balsa selection is not the best.

Do you have a Hobby Lobby in your area?

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Post  RK Flyer on Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:34 am

Yes I buy from Hobby Lobby in small amounts but I want to make a large order ($75- $100), I think that's why Sig had trouble filling it. Too many different sizes & shapes.

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Post  Marleysky on Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:49 am

These guys had a nice display at the Toledo Show I went to a couple of years back. I have not ordered anything from them, cause I haven’t depleted my existing stock, yet.

https://www.nationalbalsa.com/

Their business card was a piece of balsa, with their logo and address laser cut into it.
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Post  getback on Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:56 am

I haven't tried these people and looks like there sold out of TE/LE and some strips The hobby must bee picking up Huh... http://www.rcfoam.com/balsa-wood-supplies---build-your-own-rc-balsa-model-airplane-kits/?sort=recommended&page=2 and there is http://www.balsawoodinc.com/ ive not try them .. These people have stock!! http://shop.balsausa.com/category_s/1126.htm
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Sig and Stunt Hanger Hobby are my most frequent places

Post  fredvon4 on Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:33 am

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Post  Marleysky on Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:35 pm

Some one mentioned shopping at "Craft and Sewing" stores, for similar items that we use in our hobby. My wife frequents a factory "Outlet" store for "Notions Marketing"  They have a weekly e-mail telling whats on "special" for the week and a Special Word you can us to get 50% off one Item when you check out.  She bought these for me cause she knows like balsa.
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15 sheets - 3/32 x 4 x 36  $7.50 less 50% = $3.25
20 sheets - 1/8 x 3 x 36   $1.00  less 50% =  $0.50 ( I think it should have been $1.00/sheet, but the whole bundle was marked as one)

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Post  roddie on Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:12 pm

Marleysky wrote:Some one mentioned shopping at "Craft and Sewing" stores, for similar items that we use in our hobby. My wife frequents a factory "Outlet" store for "Notions Marketing"  They have a weekly e-mail telling whats on "special" for the week and a Special Word you can us to get 50% off one Item when you check out.  She bought these for me cause she knows like balsa.
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15 sheets - 3/32 x 4 x 36  $7.50 less 50% = $3.25
20 sheets - 1/8 x 3 x 36   $1.00  less 50% =  $0.50 ( I think it should have been $1.00/sheet, but the whole bundle was marked as one)


"THAT" my good friend.. is a SCORE!!! Tower Hobbies has balsawood. Years ago I bought an assortment/bundle of 3" x 36" sheets in varying thicknesses. The grain-types varied.. and overall.. it was a good assortment of nice straight quality wood.

Here's a current link to their 20-sheet assortment/bundle for $24.99 +shipping.. Scroll-down to see the sheet-sizes/quantity included.

https://www.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXJD37&P=ML

Naturally.. you're at the mercy of whoever "picked" the stock for the bundle with regard to the grain-type... but unless you're building contest models.. there's a good amount of wood there for the money.

I see balsawood (Midwest kiosks) frequently in my craft-store travels. Unlike hobby-shops; "craft-stores" are alive and well. The Midwest kiosks usually consist of balsawood, basswood and spruce. They also "may" have birch plywood stock; usually on the bottom of the rack. You may be surprised at what you can find at the craft-store.. for model-building materials.

I bought a small digital postal-scale a few years ago. Mine is a "Dymo"-brand (remember the label-makers?) I bought it at Walmart on the cheap. If you're looking for really lightweight wood.. invest in a scale. Bring it with you when you go wood-shopping.... and "hand-pick" each piece of wood. Select the grain-type.. check for warps.. and weigh the sheets. The "grams" setting on my scale has a higher resolution than the ounces. You'll be surprised at the weight-difference between the sheets.



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Re: where to buy balsa wood

Post  Oldenginerod on Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:26 pm

I last purchased from the craft section of a large local hardware store. Quality seemed good. Because in craft work it needs to have an attractive finish, grain and quality looked pretty good. Fairly light but not pulpy. I looked up the supplier and it seems that they sell the same grade for both craft and model building. No choice in weight or density.
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Post  fredvon4 on Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:32 pm

We actually have the obligatory Mid West rack here in the Home Depot, Lowe's, and Hobby lobby but i think other guys find the good stuff first..... grrr.....note to self ask when the delivery is scheduled

over the years I got plenty of what I was looking for locally but it is truly hit n miss
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