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Old 12-11-2010, 04:48 AM   #1
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Default Best Balsa Source

I was hoping that I could find on Wattflyer, a set of best sources for balsa - but I often miss a link - forgive me for asking an obvious question that most everyone probably knows the answer. Do you have a favourite balsa supplier? One that you can order grade on line for example? I just checked out BalsaUSA and they: messed up my order (nothing major) and sent me a 3/16 inch sheet that I could pound nails with. It's like basswood or spruce for crying out loud!
My old sources (15 years ago) are out of business unfortunately and I don't know who to trust in the new order. I came across National Balsa - will they be better? Electrics require picking the grade of balsa so that's pretty important.
I'd welcome your thoughts in this matter of balsa.
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Old 12-11-2010, 04:53 AM   #2
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its hard to beat SIG they might cost a little more, but well worth it.

http://www.sigmfg.com/cgi-bin/dpsmar...FV5.html?E+Sig

http://www.lonestar-balsa.com/


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Yet again, Chellie! (how does she do that...).

thank you, I will check out Sig next. I have to place an order very soon and I'll be glad to test them out. By the way, in previous posts, you'd indicated that you yourself might not like building but prefer ARTFs etc. So I'm extra glad that you're familiar with these balsa companies.
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Hey now,
I've used Lone Star Balsa fir many years. They were always cheaper than anybody else and always the highest quality. Now that they're back in business I'd go with them. Chellie even posted the link.
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Thanks for the double good word on LoneStar. I'll be ordering this weekend and check them out.
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Yet again, Chellie! (how does she do that...).

thank you, I will check out Sig next. I have to place an order very soon and I'll be glad to test them out. By the way, in previous posts, you'd indicated that you yourself might not like building but prefer ARTFs etc. So I'm extra glad that you're familiar with these balsa companies.
LOL, I have been in this Wonderful hobby for over 40 years, I have built a lot of balsa and foam planes, control line and RC, I am Just Plane Crazy I have bought balsa from SIG and have been very very pleased with the Quality of their balsa, never a Fart in the bunch Take care and have fun, Chellie

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I get mine from here and have had good luck. joe http://www.nationalbalsa.com/ I have not tryed other sites but i can say i get good balsa from them .
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I recently ordered from Balsawoodinc and was very pleased with the quality of the wood. You can specifie that you wand light wood for a 30% premium, I had some lite blocks on my order and when I recieved them I was amazed at how lite they were for there sizehttp://balsawoodinc.com
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Another popular source:

https://www.balsausa.com/store/categ...?id_category=6

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