|David perry 1||17/04/2020 07:55:59|
|1066 forum posts|
I used to have one but maybe it was me...it didnt seem.to well very well.
Is there a good balsa stripper on the market folks use these days?
I think my old one was a SLEC unit. Maybe I didnt try hard enough...
|Martin Gay||17/04/2020 08:08:38|
428 forum posts
I have two SLEC balsa strippers, one set at 1/4" and one at 3/16" as these are the common strip sizes that I use.
They have been heavily utilised recently as I have built a number of planked fuselages.
|Jim Carss||17/04/2020 08:52:19|
2169 forum posts
Same as Martin,I have two Slec strippers and could not do without them,
|Peter Miller||17/04/2020 08:58:44|
11766 forum posts
I use the Master Airscrew one,it is also made under another name but without going upstairs to check I can't remember that (I have both.)
|Maurice Dyer||17/04/2020 09:17:53|
|173 forum posts|
SLEC for me : twenty odd years old and still in use most days. Nothing much to go wrong with em.
|Broken Prop||17/04/2020 09:35:43|
632 forum posts
I used to use a Kavan balsa stripper but was converted to the Avicraft version a few years back. A different concept but easy to set up and use with no jamming as the blade is set with a 2 degree run-out. Takes standard scalpel blades.
Available on Ebay under 'acrylic balsa stripper' or through J Perkins.
|3163 forum posts|
I used my Master Airscrew stripper yesterday to cut some very firm 1/4 square strips. I prefer it to the SLEC one that I found rather awkward to use given its size when I tried one out that a friend has. The MA being more compact gives better control and having a universal adjustment also works better for me. No right or wrong, whichever one prefers.
|bert baker||17/04/2020 09:47:41|
1649 forum posts
I got two as well,,,
But being heavy handed I didn’t get the results I was after,
wood often curled up and width was a bit variable
I purchased a mini craft table saw and never looked back
|Alan Hilton||17/04/2020 10:08:22|
|142 forum posts|
Same as Bert I use a proxxon table saw as I couldn’t get on with a Slec stripper
|Martin Harris - Moderator||17/04/2020 10:11:13|
9774 forum posts
Very happy with my Master Airscrew one although I did have to make a new blade fixing strap a few years ago. Simple, effective and flexible range.
|Bob Cotsford||17/04/2020 10:32:29|
8945 forum posts
I still use my MA style stripper occasionally though I find the only way to get usable strip from 3/16" or thicker wood is to take one half depth cut from each side. I like the idea of the Slec one, but it's finding space to permanently fix a 1M rail.
|David Hall 9||17/04/2020 10:38:22|
|313 forum posts|
I have a need for some balsa strips, and I have a balsa plank that has been in my loft for around 20yrs. It is an offcut from wood used to build theatrical sets. The plank is about a metre long, 100mm wide, is bowed in both length and width and varies in thickness from around 6mm at the ends to around 12mm in the middle.
I have 3D printed a balsa stripper and will soon set forth on a stripping andventure, trying to produce a variation of balsa strips... just as soon as I work out how to start on a 6-12mm sheet with a stripper that can manage 6-7mm thickness.
Some of the strips will be used as longerons and tips for a vintage model, the wood will be steamed to get it to bend (another adventure for me).
|Karl-Georg Krafft||17/04/2020 10:45:48|
27 forum posts
|Engine Doctor||17/04/2020 10:59:56|
2717 forum posts
I still have one but have not used it in ages as its only any good on very thin stuff ,anything thicker and it didn't cut square. The last small models I built , a Frog 45 and a Auster both for Frog 1.5 power and 2 ch radio I used a straight edge and a scalpel .Any strips I need I now use my trusty band-saw .
|Stephen Jones||17/04/2020 11:17:47|
2924 forum posts
Hi, i still use a balsa stripper from Slec.
But i find the guide that it comes with no good and i have to use a block to keep it at 90 degrees it works perfect this way.
I guess a large block of wood will work just as well as Karl-Georg Kraft has shown.
|David perry 1||17/04/2020 11:31:32|
|1066 forum posts|
Thanks guys. Glad Im not the only heavy handed thug who struggled with a stripper. I'll have a look at the mentioned ones and the saw too. I do have a small disc saw, modellers sort, but pretty sure the blad wobbles too much to cut thin strip.
1083 forum posts
I have used a slec one since the 1980s. Wonderful tool. Finally a few years ago it warped in the hot sun by a window. I replaced it but still use the original track
|Peter Miller||17/04/2020 11:51:24|
11766 forum posts
KAVAN! That was the name of my other Master Airscrew version
One dodge when cutting thin sheet for capstrips with the Kavan stripper is to push a scrap of 3/16" sheetup the blade to hold the thinner sheet down.
|Former Member||17/04/2020 12:12:32|
|1020 forum posts|
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|Chris Walby||17/04/2020 12:16:42|
1458 forum posts
Another SLEC user.
If you don't have one it makes life way more difficult.
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