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Damien Gardner01/12/2012 04:39:24
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Glynn Geast's feature plan in Oct 2012 MB mag calls for 3mm lite ply or card, have never heard of such things here in Oz and no luck on the WWW or ebay, can anyone suggest corrects names or perhaps a supplier that will ship to Australia please.

Cheers Damien.

david the newbe01/12/2012 06:27:08
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hi damien

i got mine from here **LINK**

hope this helps.

im not sure if thay ship to oz but maybe the wizard to get it to oz for you.


Paul T01/12/2012 07:26:33
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Hello Damien

If you have access to a large DIY store or timber merchants I would suggest going and asking one of their experts about different plywoods, in the UK I would be looking for a top quality 3mm birch faced plywood with best birch veneers on both exterior surfaces.

Obviously I don't know what woods are used in plywoods in Australia but if you pass on the birch faced description the ply expert will know what you are looking for and should be able to offer a suitable alternative.

Good luck


Bob Abell01/12/2012 07:58:56
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Tut tut....Paul

Birch faced ply is definitely not Liteply and it isn`t light either!.........But is still very nice ply for other uses

I would recycle an old tea chest myself


Damien Gardner01/12/2012 09:35:35
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Thanks for the replies

I think Luan ply is a favourite lite ply even lighter is building grade ply but it's full of knot holes. Thinking on it any purchase off shore would probably be quarantined and sprayed with all sorts of muck for several months.

Being limited to a mobility scooter or taxi's It is convenien to purchase online.

I found a source of 2mm card my wife has an A3 book of tracing paper the backing is 2mm could be both expensive and wasteful as I would need 3 or 4 books that's a lot of wasted tracing paper.

david the newbe01/12/2012 09:39:30
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lite ply has balsa in the middle if that helps you find a similar type of ply


Paul T01/12/2012 12:40:48
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Tut Tut?

Wasn't he an Egyptian pharaoh who had a stammer.

Or perhaps an impression of a motor boat

ashley needham01/12/2012 16:34:28
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Dave is correct, Lite ply is light,.. ie weighs less that ordinary ply as the centre layer is balsa (or something else thats very light cant remember now).

It is also a bit softer than ordinary ply, and so is easier to work with. It is also less stiff, at least on longer runs and so is a bit wobbly.

Dont know what model you were looking at but card or lite ply seems to be an odd alternative. Card is freely available in art shops, but may need a bit more care when using it for construction, as it is very soft, and I would have thought needed a bit more support.

Was there a reason for specifying these materials in the article?


david the newbe01/12/2012 16:52:36
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Ashley i think damien is look at the wrigley article as thay used card in the build and it dose say lite ply or card on the plans


Damien Gardner02/12/2012 00:19:03
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Yeah it's Glynn's Wrigley paddler Dave I tried your link the prices were good but post on 2- 12" x 48" liteply was 15quid somewhat more the the cost of the ply I'll try art shops locally for card I've seen sheets used as borders on paintings I'll keep looking.

It looks like last nights super storm has passed so I'll hop on my scooter & go searching.

Thanks for the replies

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