I bought two kits from the same store (sitting right next to each other). They look identical but one set of wood felt a little heavier. I put each half on a scale and found the first box to contain pieces that weighed in at 14.68g and 14.25g. The next box contained pieces that weighed in at 8.11g and 8.69g. I was so surprised by the large difference that I weighed each piece again just to verify.
Guess which pieces we are going to use. I may buy a couple more kits just to see if one weight is a fluke or if they really vary this much in density.
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I've seen blocks from 80g to 160g. The lightest ones are more like balsa wood and have less structural strength. We use blocks weighing 100g to 110g.
Look for straight grain also. If your drill axle holes, funky grain will push the drill off line. Vertical grain is best, drilling straight through the growth rings.
I stand by my numbers and I am curious as to why I would want to drill axle holes in a space derby rocket . I am also really hoping it is balsa wood. That works better for the space derby.
I should have titled my post better to ensure everyone realized I was talking about the space derby. This section of the site does not seem to get much traffic.
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