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Dec 10, 2007, 12:24 PM
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Fire at Lonestar Balsa

I just saw this while transfering some of my bookmarked pages onto a new computer. The guys at Lonestar provided me with quite a bit of lumber over the past years.... they had a bad fire on November 21 at their Lancaster, Texas location.

I hope no one was injured and that they will be able to recover, for their families and for the folks who appreciated the service and supplies that they provided to keep us builders going.

Hang in there Lonestar!!


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Dec 10, 2007, 12:29 PM
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Wow, I order my balsa from him two to three times a year.

I hope that they are able to pick up the pieces. I will place an order with him as soon as he is taking them again.
Dec 10, 2007, 12:41 PM
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Yep, this was very bad. I order my wood stock from them as they have the best prices around. I hope they are able to recover from this disaster and continue their business.

Dec 10, 2007, 01:15 PM
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Wow. The folks at Lonestar are good people. I'm glad the damage is limited to things that are replaceable.
Mar 12, 2008, 01:18 PM
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Went to their site to check up on them and their website is no longer up. Very bad development.

Mar 12, 2008, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Doubletap
Went to their site to check up on them and their website is no longer up. Very bad development.

Noticed that last night too when I was looking for wood for my Scorpion. Balsa USA does't have nearly the selection (and it's mostly balsa, who'd have guessed )

Where else can I turn?
Mar 12, 2008, 01:29 PM
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I'll be ordering from National Balsa for now:

Not as cheap as LoneStar but OK.

Mar 12, 2008, 01:37 PM
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I just did a bulk order from Tower Hobbies. Their prices and quality are about the the same as Lone Star.
Mar 13, 2008, 12:35 AM
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Any other suggestions? Neither National Balsa nor Tower carries the 1/2 x 2 1/2 elevon stock I need for my Scorpion.
Mar 13, 2008, 12:39 AM
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Good luck finding one that isn't a banana either. Maybe hotwire it and sheet it? Thats what I had in mind for the elevons on my Ming Bat.
Mar 13, 2008, 01:23 AM
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Just get a plank of balsa, and bust out the block plane, you sissy!

Last edited by target; Mar 13, 2008 at 01:28 AM.
Mar 13, 2008, 01:55 AM
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Originally Posted by screamin' eagle
Any other suggestions?
What Target said. I always have to plane preshaped TE stock anyway, might as well start with strip stock instead of pre-misshaped.

who loves hand-planing wood
Mar 13, 2008, 09:19 AM
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Yes, there is no 2-1/2" aileron stock that I've seen and it wouldn't help you anyways as the elevons on the Scorpion are highly tapered in both width and thickness so you would need to do some sanding anyways. You need to make them from balsa sheet. What I also do is laminate the top of the elevons with 1/64th ply after cutting the planform to shape. This makes it easier to sand the piece down and get a nice sharp trailing edge while you're at it (only sand the bottom exposed balsa). It also makes the elevon much stiffer than just bare balsa. A belt/disc sander makes short work of it if you have it.

This is the only part of the build which is really time consuming and takes a bit of effort.

Mar 13, 2008, 11:06 AM
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Anyword on Lonestars return?

I see now that their website has expired

Mar 13, 2008, 11:10 AM
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It's not looking good for LoneStar. After the fire, their website sounded doubtful as to whether they could/would rebuild the business. They were the low price leader on the net for wood stock; expect prices to creep up with the remaining retailers as their competition has been eliminated.


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