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Old May 09, 2012, 09:15 PM
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Why Pine Wood on RCExplorer 2.5 Tricopter?

Why do most people use pine wood and not basswood on the RCExplorer 2.5 tricopter? Is it lighter, stronger or cheaper then basswood?
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Old May 09, 2012, 09:36 PM
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http://www.ehow.com/info_12133491_ba...e-vs-pine.html this says pine is stronger, but more expensive.

here: http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/wo...sity-d_40.html both pine and bass density changes a lot depending on type(white etc)
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Old May 09, 2012, 09:43 PM
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For most of us, it comes down to availability as much as price. For me, the hardware store on the way home has 12mm (1/2") 900mm + 1200mm sticks for very little $$$

If you drop it from a great height... even carbon square rod smashes

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Old May 09, 2012, 11:03 PM
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Made mine out of basswood, works great.
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Old May 09, 2012, 11:23 PM
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i have made mine out of basswood, from the local hobbylobby, i had bought some 10mm x10mm pine from http://www.magnumwood.com/ but it was all warped
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Old May 14, 2012, 10:36 PM
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All that Lowe's carries locally is yellow-poplar in 3/8, 1/2, and 5/8. Cheap and the 1/2 seems the best trade-off for strength/weight for the V2.5 build.
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Old May 14, 2012, 10:53 PM
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Heavy lift Hexa frame built from 3/4" pine wood. Used plywood for the plates instead of PCB boards. All inspired by dadde

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