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Old Dec 31, 2012, 07:36 AM
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I buy in bulk (usually under $100, though) by mail about once a year. I use a Master Airscrew balsa stripper to make my own strip stock from sheet, plus I use the same stripper to cut down bass for spars, etc.

I always buy more than I'll need, so I can sort out the wood for different uses. "Iron" balsa (i.e., the really heavy, hard stuff) gets put aside for use under the nose of a model, etc., whilst the lighter stuff gets used for ribs & sides, etc. I rarely can't find a use for any of the sheet I buy.

Over the years (I started scratch-building around 1983), I've found I do better buying sheet and making strip stock than buying strip stock to begin with. I have more control over the quality of the wood, have less wastage, and break less in handling/storing.

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