I've used Balsa USA, Lone Star, and Superior. All are about equal, and all are
good. Midwest from Tower will be more expensive than the other three. Go for
PS What are you planning on building?
"There's a Hun in the sun!"
On Wed, 29 Sep 2004 01:22:59 +0000, Dr1Driver wrote:
Thanks for the advice.
I've got plans for a Das Liddle Stik, but I'm holding off on those while I
try to find something that more closely approximates a Midwest Sweet Stik
(or even an Ugly Stik since I can now afford a .60 engine :->), so I'm
going to be starting out with an RCM Trainer Jr. (which I think is
actually a Bridi Trainer .40). Hopefully, next year, I'll be able to
build a Wildcat from MAN plans -- unless I can find a better rendition
with retracts in the .60ish size.
I'm getting back into flying after a 25-year absence, and I enjoy building
as much as, if not more than, flying, so I'm looking at the stuff that I
did before as well as the planes that I wanted to build then, but couldn't
afford (I'm just drooling over the thought of building a Lazy Ace). For
the past couple of weeks, I've been flying the RealFlight simulator to
de-rust my thumbs, and am landing more than crashing. There's also a club
just a couple of miles down the road (and a couple more farther away), but
I haven't talked to anybody there yet because I know it would make me more
anxious to get started. This winter I hope to build an Eagle 2, Falcon
III, the RCM Trainer, and some sort of Sweet Stik or Ugly Stik (we have
long winters here). I enjoy building as much as flying (if not more), and
since there aren't many kits available anymore, I'll definitely be doing a
lot of scratch building....
Sorry for rambling such a long answer to your question.... ;->
Thanks, everybody, for your replies.
I'll vote for Lone Star too. I ordered from them & Superior at the same
time, got the Lone Star order a couple of days faster. Their website is
much easier to order from, and I think the prices were significantly better.
As was the shipping & handling charge.
They sell a lot more than balsa, check out their website. My last order
included a kit (at the best price I've seen) plus balsa, and the shipping &
handling charge was still only $7.50.
Anyone have any opinions on National Balsa?
I too am going to try my hand at a plans built plane this winter and
these guys are relatively close (Northeast) and there prices seem comparable
to the others listed. Just thought I would ask before placing an order
On 9/28/2004 4:50 PM Ted shuffled out of his cave and grunted these
great (and sometimes not so great) words of knowledge:
I have had great success with Lone Star and Superior.
In one order from Lone Star several sheets of 3/32" balsa were tapered
to nothing on one end. I called them and told them what had occurred.
They sent replacement sheets of balsa that day.
I call that VERY GOOD service.
I have had the best service from Lone star. Superior has great wood but
their service is a little lacking at times. Plus, they don't have any 48"
leading edge stock.
No problems wit Lone Star or Superior, but before you mail order,
check out your local Arts and Crafts store -- quite often they will have the
standard box of balsa on display. Artists and architects use it. If they
have it, you can hand pick what you want. Same applies to brass tubing, plus
local Ace hardware store.
Cheers -- \__________Lyman Slack_________/
\____Flying Gators R/C______/
\__Gainesville FL _________/
Visit my Web Site at: http://www.LymanSlack.com
Yup, we have several in my area. However, when it comes to paying $2.35 for a
sheet of balsa locally vs $0.59 via mail order, well...
When scratch building and buying large quantities of wood, mail order is the
only way to go.
"There's a Hun in the sun!"
Sig used to be by far the best, and would let serious builders (mainly
free flighters) go through the stacks of wood in their warehouse in Iowa
to pick out what they wanted. This was a few years ago, though, so
maybe things have changed.
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