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Old Oct 06, 2009, 06:26 PM
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1/8" Lite Ply


Hello All
I an located in NC, Can anyone tell me of any possible places to get 4 x 8 sheets of 1/8 Lite Ply.


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Old Oct 06, 2009, 07:04 PM
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Luan Plywood?

Not in that big of sizes for you locally. We have a few plywood only places near here. They go through 1/8 inch plywood like water. Hard to keep in stock due to it being used for concrete forms.

A 1/2 sheet maybe. but not a full sheet.

Wm.
Old Oct 06, 2009, 08:37 PM
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If you are somewhat close to Peachtree City in Georgia (Atlanta), Aircraft Spruce carries it in 4x8 sheets, 3mm and 6mm. That is their east coast store.


Link: http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalo...es/liteply.php

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Old Oct 06, 2009, 08:59 PM
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Almost any supplyer of hardwoods will have it. Look for 3-ply Italian Poplar, sometimes called "bender ply" as well.

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Old Oct 07, 2009, 04:50 AM
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Be aware that at least in Europe, for some reason liteply is nearly always 3mm, not 1/8".

Its made of poplar, and its main use is in mobile homes and caravans apparently. Because its just stiff enough, and light (and cheaper than birch IIRC).

I've pretty much given up using it. the quality we could get was poor. thinner birch plus balsa is as stiff light and strong, usually.
Old Oct 07, 2009, 11:12 AM
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Be aware that at least in Europe, for some reason liteply is nearly always 3mm, not 1/8".

Its made of poplar, and its main use is in mobile homes and caravans apparently. Because its just stiff enough, and light (and cheaper than birch IIRC).

I've pretty much given up using it. the quality we could get was poor. thinner birch plus balsa is as stiff light and strong, usually.
It is also actually 3mm over here as well vintage1. I use it extensively because it is cheaper than balsa, laser cuts about ten times better, and the quality is generally very good. The laser makes it very easy to cut lightening holes in the stuff so that the end result is not much heavier, if any, than balsa. It does have a propensity for warping so I have to keep it stacked and weighted until I'm ready to cut.
Old Oct 07, 2009, 04:35 PM
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Thanks Guys
I did run across the popular ply , but I wasn't sure if I wanted to use it or not.
Most of of the places that I found the lite ply need to ship it by way of truck (4 x 8) , and I didn't want to pay truck freight.
Has any of you used the popular ply?
I have scaled up a HOTS and the wing span is 10' 1 I hope a G 62 will pull it.
All my cad drawings are done for 1/8 and I may have to make some changes.
Any feed back welcome!
Thanks RC REDHOTS
Old Oct 07, 2009, 09:46 PM
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RC REDHOTS,

The light plywood normally associated with the hobby is Poplar, they are the same stuff. Regarding your CAD drawings, I have found that I need to allow for .1125" rather than .125" when designing with the light ply if you want a relatively snug fit on laser cut parts.
Old Oct 07, 2009, 10:22 PM
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Go to Lowes or Home Depot and in the building supply department where they have plywood and materials like bathroom wall sheeting etc. They have door panels made from thin plywood. Might be useful to you. I use it in my planes all the time.
Old Oct 07, 2009, 10:24 PM
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Go to Lowes or Home Depot and in the building supply department where they have plywood and materials like bathroom wall sheeting etc. They have door panels made from thin plywood. Might be useful to you. I use it in my planes all the time.
It may be ply, but it ain't lite!
Old Oct 08, 2009, 08:25 PM
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I've bought it at both Hobby Lobby craft stores and Michael's
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Old Oct 09, 2009, 01:53 AM
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It may be ply, but it ain't lite!
Actually, it is. The product he is referring to is commonly called "door skins", very light ply.

Tom
Old Oct 09, 2009, 11:09 AM
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Door skins and/or Luan plywood are suitable for some modeling applications but are not near the same quality as Italian Poplar plywood in my opinion. Also, the light ply found at the hobby shop or craft store is Poplar. The difference is, at the hobby shop you will pay nearly as much for a 12"x48" piece as you will pay for an entire 4' x 8' sheet at the lumber supply houses. Of course if all you need is a little 6"x12" piece then the hobby/craft stores may be the better option!
Old Oct 09, 2009, 12:33 PM
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Door skins and/or Luan plywood are suitable for some modeling applications but are not near the same quality as Italian Poplar plywood in my opinion.
Quite right. Which is why it costs 1/10th as much. It is, however, suitable for a lot of applications where aircraft-grade liteply is used. Especially for formers and doublers that are not seen.

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Old Oct 14, 2009, 10:47 AM
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There is a plywood importer in Mooresville NC that has Italian poplar lite ply and other plywood. It was about $17 for a 4x8 sheet some yrs ago. Door skins of birch or luan are much heavier.
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