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Hi guys,

Just flicking through the plans for my Constructo Victory 1/94 model and I have come across some types of would that do not seem to be available at the various model shops. I.e





Does anyone have recommendations for alternatives?


I have not started the model yet, plan to start in November so until then I am gathering additional materials, components etc.


Your help would be very much appreciated.





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You do not indicate where you are.   It is usually less expensive to source local wood.



Ayous    is better known as Obeche ?

It seems to have a grain that is not distinctive - which is good - it looks to be open pore which is not desirable.

It is soft - not my preference - too easy to remove too much - but soft woods - Lime/Basswood,  Yellow Poplar, Tupelo, Sugar Pine are popular and they have closed pore


Sapelly    hard, darker brown   Pear, Black Cherry


Anatolia    a search returns strange results -  no particular tree -  just a flooring style from the region where Turkey is.


Mass market kit manufactures seem to base their choice of wood more on price than what is the better choice of species to use.  Why not drop back 10 yards and punt on letting Constructo choose your wood and make your own choice?

NRG member 45 years



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