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Balsa Stripper

3.8 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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Product Description

Key Features

  • Accurately cuts balsa sheets up to 1/4" thick into strips up to 1/2" wide.
  • Cutting depth and width is adjustable in micro amounts.
  • Accepts standard hobby blades for refills.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 5.8 x 4.5 x 1 inches
Item Weight 14.1 ounces
Shipping Weight 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Master Airscrew
ASIN B0000WS5OQ
Item model number MA4000
Customer Reviews
3.8 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #10,163 in Beauty (See Top 100 in Beauty)
#60 in Toys & Games > Hobbies > Hobby Building Tools & Hardware > Hobby Tool Sets
Date first available at Amazon.com February 24, 2007

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By Richard Ranney on May 1, 2013
I have stripped balsa for around 10 models now, from 1/32 and 1/16 sheets. After a first few mess-ups I got the knack of how to hold the balsa and stripper and have had perfect results since then. I used a fresh X-acto #11 blade and it is still working perfectly after maybe 100 three foot strips. It works just like it is supposed to work.

I very carefully set the depth of the blade so that it doesn't dull the tip on the cutting surface. For a cutting surface I use one of those green soft pads made for cutting stuff. I hold the balsa stationary with my left hand and slide the stripper with my right hand, carefully making sure that the alignment is "right on" during the cut. And reaching the end of the mat, I simply lift the cutter and balsa sheet moving it back to the far side of the cutting mat and begin stripping again.

That's it, simple, easy, quite precise, and on the money... great product!
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I am really closer to 2 1/2 stars ... meaning I don't really like it, but I can make do. I am sure the one I received is not typical, else the seller would not be able to sell them at all. There are 2 small screws on the face of the device with a small plastic bridge between the 2 screws. The cutting blade slips between this bridge and the front edge. You then tighten the screws, pinning the blade tightly against the body. Problem is, on mine, the screws were too long (or the holes too shallow). They simply would not tighten down to hold the blade. I dared not force the screws in hopes of cutting the threads deeper, as this is made of plastic and just might split first. I could not find any washers small enough to fit so finally wedged a small piece of wood between the blade and bridge. This did allow me to clamp the blade tightly, but adjustments are difficult to manage. I considered sending it back, but I think I can find some smaller washers to put on the screws. This will alleviate the problem of keeping the shim in place when making adjustments.

I am not going so far as to warn people away from this item, but if you find something similar, look very closely at both before choosing.
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Nice tool, quite useable. (I had to polish some plastic flashing, and work in the threaded adjusting shaft, but that was easy, and it made the tool just excellent!)

The cut it makes is as straight as one practices to make it: that is, with a little practice for 'feel', it squares rather nicely.
It is designed as I would have done, and practical, as it is plastic, and affordable. Just a little polishing made it "mine".

I had an X-acto stripper a few years back, it was not 'user-friendly'. This one is great.
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By Elvis on February 11, 2014
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I'm able to cut millimeter thin balsa strips from a balsa plank. It works like a charm.
I have the blade angled to ease the cut.
The screws that hold down the blade are a bit stiff so use a good sized philips to get enough leverage to tightening those screws.
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This simple, well-designed tool helps make balsa strips out of balsa sheets. Saves tons of money over buying separate balsa strips for stringers or frame parts. Invaluable tool for modelers working with balsa, and uses standard #11 blades so they are easy and cheap to replace when needed.
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I usually make my own balsa stripper; but, thought I'd give a mfg one a try. Pleasantly surprised. Also, made it more efficient by installing the blade at a ~25° angle rather than perpendicular to the cutting surface (as product is pictured). When not in use, I loosely tighten the inside flat side of the blade against the straight edge body. This prevents accidental finger cuts.
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It's not as great as I thought it would be, although it does what it is supposed to do. And, a lot of the ease of use and accuracy are dependent upon the user, I might add. Also, be sure and change your blades once in a while. A sharp blade is instrumental in the ease of use.....
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I was original plan to use this to cut Basla wood and end up return it. I had hard time with the setting, screws were difficult to tied and the blade is not in place. I gave up and returned it the next day. The concept is there but poor implementation to users. Sorry!
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