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r6dan02/12/2010 00:03:00
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Where does everyone get balsa from,It seems awfully expensive buying small amounts from the model shop,does anyone know of anywhere to by larger amounts of standard sizes? 
Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator02/12/2010 00:11:43
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Hi Dan,
 
I get my stuff from Balsa Cabin - try them here 
 
I like to buy it "in person" so I can feel the weight and density. So I tend to stock up at the shows. But of course they do mail order.
 
BTW, good balsa isn't cheap anywhere.
 
BEB
r6dan02/12/2010 00:16:35
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Thanks BEB, Google didn`t find that place,but as you say it doesn`t seem to be cheep anywhere,I think shows will be the best bet,getting mail order could be a bit hit or miss.
KeithT02/12/2010 00:32:43
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I have bought from SLEC and have had well packaged orders, with good quality balsa.
Bruce Richards02/12/2010 08:11:50
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I buy from Balsa Cabin (not too far from me) also I buy at shows usually from Slec. Not sure what you mean Dan that Google didn't find then do you mean their web site or their location?

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andy watson02/12/2010 08:21:42
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I buy mine from SLEC or Balsamart.
 
Both excellent.
Peter Miller02/12/2010 08:46:14
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SLEC every time. They will select exactly the grades you need ind it is the best quality going.
Flite0802/12/2010 09:49:08
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SLEC for me also good quality you get what you order
Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator02/12/2010 10:57:10
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Posted by r6Dan on 02/12/2010 00:16:35:
Thanks BEB, Google didn`t find that place,but as you say it doesn`t seem to be cheep anywhere,I think shows will be the best bet,getting mail order could be a bit hit or miss.
 
Link works fine for me Dan - must be a net funny. Might be worth trying again.
 
I do use SLEC as well - in my view not a lot to choose between them. Both give good service and sell quality Balsa in my experience.
 
BEB
Danny Fenton02/12/2010 13:31:33
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Another nod for Slec. Like others I like to select in person and check weight and grain etc. I buy some at every show so have a healthy stock of wood. I hate not being able to find the right wood in the middle of a build.
 
Cheers
Danny
simon burch02/12/2010 13:40:07
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+1 for Slec. Balsa grades matched my order really well. Good packaging delivered to your door. Perfect serivce.
Marko02/12/2010 19:50:36
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hi dan lm with BEB l always use the "balsa Cabin" as for one you can guarantee its top notch wood  and its on my way home from work they are very friendly family run shop  they also will post your orders do check out their website 
cheers .......................mark
birdy03/12/2010 16:25:30
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I too am a balsa cabin fan -  I have been very satisfied with all my orders and they have been properly packaged... Just make sure you buy enough balsa to make the £10 post ok.
fly boy303/12/2010 16:42:09
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I always use Slec.  Cheers FB3
Kevin Fairgrieve03/12/2010 17:47:01
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SLEC
 
Only 1/2 hour car journey away.
 
And you get to go into the mill and select your own wood.
 
I usually come out coverd in dust, and carrying a substantial amount of quality wood.
 
Kev
r6dan03/12/2010 17:59:47
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SLEC seems to be the place to gets me wood from then....right what can I sell......
Tim Hooper03/12/2010 22:33:59
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Dan,
 
The best advice might be to buy a balsa stripper and just buy balsa in sheets, so that you can strip your own.
 
Failing that, a simple straight edge and sharp knife will do the job!
 
tim
i12fly04/12/2010 02:05:57
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Just make sure it is a nice wide straight edge..... I used to use a steel rule, until one day the end of my finger was just over the edge enough to require a hospital visit
Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator04/12/2010 13:21:44
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Balsa strippers - you can't beat them! Only cost a couple of quid from SLEC and you need never buy strip balsa again. Perfectly accurate cut every time - total consistentcy. I wouldn't be without mine.
 
BEB
Doug Ireland04/12/2010 13:33:48
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I don't have anywhere even remotely close to where I live to buy balsa so all mine comes from The Balsa Cabin. Can't fault their service.

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