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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:29 pm

I will post pictures tomorrow but just wanted to share with everyone my experience. Went through my local hobby shop and order some Balsa from SIG. 40 sheets of 1/16 x 3 x 36, 25 sheets of 3/32 x 3 x 36, and 15 sheets of 1/4 x 2 x 36. Meant to order 3" wide 1/4" but didn't realize my mistake until I picked up the wood. Took quite a while to get the wood in but I'm very happy with what I got. All very well cut and good quality. Mind you this came at a price as it's a good bit more than ordering from tower hobbies. I have been happy with what I have gotten from tower but it's kind of a crap shoot as some times you will get absolute junk. I paid $106 for what I ordered. If you work up the same order at national it's a little bit more.

In a nut shell from now on I will be ordering all my wood from sig or at least until I get some that is crap.
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Re: Balsa

PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:55 pm

sig is real quality wood, but a little expensive- at least it used to be, haven't bought any lately.
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Re: Balsa

PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:21 pm

comes from china
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Re: Balsa

PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:05 pm

We had a Hobby Town until about a year ago. They had a 40% off going out of business sale. I picked up a bunch of balsa and hard wood.

A friend of mine went to Joe Nall a couple of years ago. He picked up a couple of bundles of 1/16"x4"x48" and 3/32"x4"x48" from National Balsa. It was their contest grade and half off.
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Re: Balsa

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:41 am

i didn't know balsa came from china. i thought it came from south america somewhere. or is that only where the heavy, hard balsa comes from?
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Re: Balsa

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:13 am

From a 2 second search.................

WHERE DOES BALSA WOOD COME FROM?
Balsa trees grow naturally in the humid rain forests of Central and South America. Its natural range extends south from Guatemala, through Central America, to the north and west coast of South America as far as Bolivia.

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Balsa trees grow naturally in the humid rain forests of Central and South America. Its natural range extends south from Guatemala, through Central America, to the north and west coast of South America as far as Bolivia. However, the small country of Ecquador on the western coast of South America, is the primary source of model aircraft grade blasa in the world. Blasa needs a warm climate with plenty of rainfall and good drainage. For that reason, the best stands of balsa usually appear on the high ground between tropical rivers. Ecquador has the ideal geography and climate for growing balsa trees. The scientific name for balsa wood is ochroma lagopus. The word balsa itself is Spanish meaning raft, in reference to its excellent floatation qualities. In Ecquador it is known as Boya, meaning buoy.
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Re: Balsa

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:54 am

All the stuff I got from SIG.
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Re: Balsa

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:05 am

BalsaDust wrote:All the stuff I got from SIG.


is that the chinese character for "soup" printed on that one sheet? :lol:
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Re: Balsa

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:07 am

it's hazel sig's 95th birthday next month, by the way. http://www.sigmfg.com/
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Re: Balsa

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:33 am

How is the weight on Sig's balsa?
I have been very pleased with their ply.
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Re: Balsa

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:49 am

JAG wrote:How is the weight on Sig's balsa?
I have been very pleased with their ply.



I will weigh it tonight when I get home from work. I don't have anything to compare weights with though as all the stuff I ever bought from tower was 4" wide.
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Re: Balsa

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:54 am

I can get weights on my 3" sheets. Ive got tower lead, national, and sig contest.
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Re: Balsa

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:59 am

Just post your weights and sizes and you can compare to the other sizes here:
http://www.rfcafe.com/references/genera ... -sheet.htm
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Re: Balsa

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:25 am

BalsaDust wrote:
JAG wrote:How is the weight on Sig's balsa?
I have been very pleased with their ply.



I will weigh it tonight when I get home from work. I don't have anything to compare weights with though as all the stuff I ever bought from tower was 4" wide.


I can take a pic tonight and post it.
I always write the weight of each sheet on them.
I'got great and shitty wood from all the wood sellers I have bought in the past.
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Re: Balsa

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:54 am

That's not a bad idea Gus. Never thought to mark them all.
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Re: Balsa

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:13 pm

Thats the first thing I do when I open a new pack, is weight it. And then write it on the wood.
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Re: Balsa

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:19 pm

I guess I have never been anal enough to care that much. Normally just pick it by eye.
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Re: Balsa

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:27 pm

I usually build slabs in my underware...
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Re: Balsa

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:38 pm

WoodPilot wrote:I usually build slabs in my underware...



I have done that my fare share of times as well
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