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balsa

a very lightweight timber, easy to carve to fit limbs, used for making individual splints.
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But, if you're looking at the end game for McCourt, the hearing yesterday it's akin to being given a small piece of balsawood to hang onto in a turbulent sea.
Eleven teams took part in the event which allowed students, aged 14 to 17, to race miniature balsawood F1 cars they designed themselves.
Resolutely, he returned to Quantico and produced a wooden balsawood model which incorporated the revolutionary Japanese features, and took it to his superior, General Holland Smith, who set up a briefing with the Marine commandant.
Thor Heyerdahl popularized the issue of Polynesian origins with his book and the associated publicity following the 1947 Kon Tiki expedition in which he and his team "sailed" from Peru to the Tuamotus on a balsawood raft.
Your situation reminds me of a child's balsawood aircraft, which has an elastic band that drives its propeller.
They are almost exclusively made of balsawood, which is a soft and delicate wood, meaning that individual pieces are housed in clear Perspex boxes.
One of my favourite examples is the Russians using balsawood in their space programme where the Americans developed hugely expensive composites for similar applications.