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Old Aug 22, 2012, 07:00 PM
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vintage Balsa-Ply ?

A friend of my is looking for a 70ís balsa wood called balsa-ply .

I had never heard of it, but apparently it was a precursor of the lite-ply used today, but lighter in weight. Does anyone still selling this?

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Old Aug 23, 2012, 08:30 AM
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Hobby Shack (Now "Hobby People", I think) used to sell it. It was, simply, cross-grain laminated balsa .

I tried it, but found it not to be that special. Screws wouldn't hold into it, for example, nor was it that light. For the few places I can use it, I make my own balsa laminate, using epoxy for the glue.

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Old Aug 24, 2012, 09:29 PM
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One of the arfs that crashed at the club the other day brought up a nice conversation. One of the fellas noticed that the ply in it was in fact balsa either side of the normal core for ply. Interesting to say the least
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Old Aug 25, 2012, 08:12 AM
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Some of the kit manufacturers use a balsa ply in areas where higher stress exists..Top Flite comes to mind....I can't remember which kit(s) but I have noticed it on occasion.

It is sometimes used as a compression resistant former,to resist bowing from high loads squeezing it. The balsa gluing surface is a little better than lite-ply in the same position,in my opinion.
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