Easy Built Color Coded Balsa
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Easy Built Color Coded Balsa



ATTENTION!

In the immortal words of our own WWII Hump and Gooney Bird pilot Earl Van Gorder… “Hi Skysters”, we want to share a big change in our balsa wood that you are sure to like. Our hand picked balsa has been great but on June 9, 2020 we switched to a new balsa supplier and you will find this wood to be the best. Bright white, free of stains, straighter grain, stiffer wood. There are caveats that you will need to understand before you order.

For the engineers and others for whom a size difference of thousandths of an inch matters, we provide this explanation and accompanying chart. So heads up Science Olympiads!

The sheet wood is cut to metric thickness. This isn’t always a perfect match but it is an industry standard. We will not be showing the metric equivalent so consult the chart! Here’s an example: If you order 1/16” thick balsa it will actually be the thickness of one sheet of copy paper thinner (-0.0035"). If you order 3/32” thick balsa it will be one sheet of copy paper thicker (+0.0035").

balsa wood metric equivalents

Jump to weighed contest grade sheet balsa.

BALSA WEIGHT COLOR KEY

To help the builder select wood best for constructing a strong, light flying model we started color coding our balsa wood. Each sheet of balsa is weighed, categorized and painted according to our color code. This wood is used to create our strip wood so you need to understand that strip wood pieces are not weighed individually and may vary because ’Mother Nature’ creates variation in density across the sheet. There may be some differences and the builder must still decide if it is appropriate. Every builder has their own technique, understanding where they need strength for how they fly and should feel free to build accordingly.

PINK = 4 - 6# BALSA STOCK. Best used where strength is not needed; great for filling in areas; suggest using for head rests, wheel pants, landing gear struts when reinforced with wire; detail features on scale models.

YELLOW = 6 - 8# BALSA STOCK. This works great for competition models and may require the builder to be comfortable with delicate strip wood in the smaller sizes. Best used for stringers in the smaller sizes, trailing edges, formers, ribs and tail structures.

RED = 8 - 10# BALSA STOCK. This is the best all around general construction wood for most modelers because of its inherent strength and moderate weight. Competition modelers will tend to limit their top weight to 8-10#. It is good for stringers and parts where strength is needed. Works well for critical longerons and formers, leading edges, and wing spars.

ORANGE = 10 - 12# BALSA STOCK, and BLUE = 12-14# BALSA STOCK. We recommend the use of 10-12# and 12-14# weight classes where strength is the objective. You must be very selective when and where you use these weight categories as it adds up quickly and we know weight affects flight performance. Builders that struggle with light weight stringers should consider working more with these weights.

1/20" x 1/20" x 18"

Available in 4-6#, 6-8#, or 8-10#

4-6# item BW131L
20 pieces ($7.99)

item BW131
20 pieces ($5.99)
specify weight range

1/20" x 1/8" x 18"

Available in 4-6#, 6-8#, or 8-10#

4-6# itemBW132L
12 pieces ($7.99)

item BW132
12 pieces ($5.99)
specify weight range

Balsa Strip Wood

Our strip wood is cut from available stock ranging from 6.1-14 pounds in varying hardness. Unless you request wood in a specific weight range you will receive a nice variety of strips color coded on their ends based on the Balsa Weight Color Key. (All orders filled as closely as possible from available stock per your specifications.)

1/16" x 1/16" x 36"

item BW01s
15 pieces ($6.50)

item BW01b
50 pieces ($14.30)

1/16" x 3/32" x 36"

item BW02s
15 pieces ($6.70)

item BW02b
50 pieces ($14.60)

1/16" x 1/8" x 36"

item BW03s
12 pieces ($6.50)

item BW03b
50 pieces ($18.25)

1/16" x 3/16" x 36"

item BW04s
9 pieces ($6.70)

item BW04b
40 pieces ($19.50)

1/16" x 1/4" x 36"

item BW05s
6 pieces ($6.90)

item BW05b
25 pieces ($16.70)

1/16" x 3/8" x 36"

item BW06s
5 pieces ($5.95)

item BW06b
25 pieces ($20.25)

1/16" x 1/2" x 36"

item BW07s
4 pieces ($5.60)

item BW07b
20 pieces ($18.25)

3/32" x 3/32" x 36"

item BW08s
15 pieces ($6.60)

item BW08b
50 pieces ($15.90)

3/32" x 1/8" x 36"

item BW09s
15 pieces ($8.15)

item BW09b
50 pieces ($19.80)

3/32" x 3/16" x 36"

item BW10s
8 pieces ($5.95)

item BW10b
40 pieces ($21.40)

3/32" x 1/4" x 36"

item BW11s
6 pieces ($7.50)

item BW11b
25 pieces ($17.70)

3/32" x 3/8" x 36"

item BW12s
5 pieces ($6.36)

item BW12b
25 pieces ($22.20)

3/32" x 1/2" x 36"

item BW13s
4 pieces ($6.20)

item BW13b
20 pieces ($21.40)

1/8" x 1/8" x 36"

item BW14s
8 pieces ($5.65)

item BW14b
50 pieces ($24.60)

1/8" x 3/16" x 36"

item BW15s
8 pieces ($6.90)

item BW15b
36 pieces ($22.90)

1/8" x 1/4" x 36"

item BW16s
6 pieces ($8.10)

item BW16b
25 pieces ($19.50)

1/8" x 3/8" x 36"

item BW17s
5 pieces ($6.90)

item BW17b
20 pieces ($19.80)

1/8" x 1/2" x 36"

item BW18s
4 pieces ($6.30)

item BW18b
10 pieces ($12.05)

3/16" x 3/16" x 36"

item BW19s
8 pieces ($8.00)

item BW19b
25 pieces ($19.40)

3/16" x 1/4" x 36"

item BW20s
6 pieces ($8.35)

item BW20b
20 pieces ($17.95)

3/16" x 3/8" x 36"

item BW21s
5 pieces ($7.20)

item BW21b
15 pieces ($18.00)

3/16" x 1/2" x 36"

item BW22s
4 pieces ($7.80)

item BW22b
10 pieces ($15.90)

1/4" x 1/4" x 36"

item BW23s
6 pieces ($8.40)

item BW23b
20 pieces ($19.80)

1/4" x 3/8" x 36"

item BW24s
5 pieces ($7.50)

item BW24b
15 pieces ($18.00)

1/4" x 1/2" x 36"

item BW25s
4 pieces ($6.60)

item BW25b
10 pieces ($15.90)
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Weighed Balsa Sheets

Hand-sorted contest balsa in up to 5 density ranges, color coded on the end of each sheet for easy recognition. Pink (4-6#), our lightest; Yellow (6-8#); Red (8-10#); Orange (10-12#); and Blue (12-14#), the strongest. Sold by the sheet. A-B or C grain. A-B grain wood is not separated, so you may not specify which one. C grain subject to availability.

1/32" x 3" x 36"

item BW59
4-6# A - B grain ($8.99)


item BW60
6-8# A - B grain ($4.99)


item BW61
8-10# A - B grain($4.99)


item BW146
10-12# A - B grain ($4.99)


item BW147
12-14# A - B grain ($4.99)

1/32" x 3" x 18" C Grain

item BW110
C grain, 4-6# Sorry Out of Stock


item BW111
C grain, 6-8# ($4.99)


item BW112
C grain, 8-10# ($4.99)

1/20" x 3" x 36"

item BW62
4-6# A - B grain ($6.99)


item BW63
6-8# A - B grain ($5.25)


item BW64
8-10# A - B grain ($5.25)


item BW145
10-12# A - B grain ($5.25)

1/20" x 3" x 18" C Grain

item BW113
C grain, 4-6# Sorry Out of Stock

item BW114
C grain, 6-8# ($5.99)


item BW115
C grain, 8-10# ($5.99)

1/16" x 3" x 36"

item BW65
4-6# A - B grain ($5.99)


item BW66
6-8# A - B grain ($4.25)


item BW67
8-10# A - B grain ($4.25)


item BW143
10-12# A - B grain ($4.25)


item BW144
12-14# A - B grain ($4.25)

1/16" x 3" x 18" C Grain

item BW116
C grain, 4-6# Sorry Out of Stock


item BW117
C grain, 6-8# ($4.99)


item BW118
C grain, 8-10# ($4.99)

3/32" x 3" x 36"

item BW68
4-6# A - B grain ($6.25)


item BW69
6-8# A - B grain ($4.50)


item BW70
8-10# A - B grain ($4.50)


item BW141
10-12# A - B grain ($4.50)


item BW142
12-14# A - B grain ($4.50)

3/32" x 3" x 18" C Grain

item BW119
C grain, 4-6# ($7.25)


item BW120
C grain, 6-8# ($3.99)


item BW121
C grain, 8-10# ($3.99)

1/8" x 3" x 36"

item BW71
4-6# A - B grain ($6.99)


item BW72
6-8# A - B grain ($5.50)


item BW105
8-10# A - B grain ($5.50)


item BW139
10-12# A - B grain ($5.50)


item BW140
12-14# A - B grain ($5.50)

1/8" x 3" x 18" C Grain

item BW122
C grain, 4-6# ($7.99)


item BW123
C grain, 6-8# ($4.99)


item BW124
C grain, 8-10# ($4.99)

3/16" x 3" x 36"

item BW73
4-6# A - B grain ($7.25)


item BW74
6-8# A - B grain ($6.25)


item BW106
8-10# A - B grain ($6.25)


item BW138
10-12# A - B grain ($6.25)

3/16" x 3" x 18" C Grain

item BW125
C grain, 4-6# Sorry Out of Stock


item BW126
C grain, 6-8# ($5.50)


item BW127
C grain, 8-10# ($5.50)

1/4" x 3" x 36"

item BW75
4-6# A - B grain ($7.99)


item BW76
6-8# A - B grain ($6.99)


item BW107
8-10# A - B grain ($6.99)


item BW136
10-12# A - B grain ($6.99)


item BW137
12-14# A - B grain ($6.99)

1/4" x 3" x 18" C Grain

item BW128
C grain, 4-6# Sorry Out of Stock

item BW129
C grain, 6-8# ($5.99)


item BW130
C grain, 8-10# ($5.99)

5/16" x 3" x 36"

item BW133
4-6# A - B grain ($8.99)


item BW134
6-8# A - B grain ($7.50)


item BW135
8-10# A-B grain ($7.50)
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Easy Built Rough Cut Balsa Boards

Rough Cut Balsa Boards

20+ year old rough cut balsa boards straight from mills in the tropics of South America. All surfaces are rough cut, dimensions are approximate. Theses are ideal for carving propellers, nose blocks, wheel pants ... The photo above is representative of the type of boards we stock. The board weight given represents pounds per cubic foot.

3.5" x 3" x 36", 4.6#

item BWbd01
($71.99)

3.5" x 3" x 36", 6.4#

item BWbd02
($65.99)

2.75" x 3" x 36", 7.5#

item BWbd03
($59.99)

2.5" x 3" x 36", 6.0#

item BWbd04
($53.99)

2.875" x 3" x 36", 6.9#

item BWbd05
($65.99)

3" x 3" x 36", 6.7#

item BWbd06
($65.99)

3" x 3" x 36", 6.5#

item BWbd07
($65.99)
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09/01/21 12:10 AM (EDT)