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Is it a bad idea to use for the bow filler blocks at the bow/stern on my first build, the Swift? It's an old kit & the triangles they provide seem a little small. I glued in the balsa for the bow but am wondering if I could have problems with the planking coming loose at those areas due to the balsa being so weak.




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I have used balsa as bow and stern fillers for my current build HMS Supply. I found that after fitting the blocks painting on several coats of a PVA wood glue/water mix (allowing it to dry between coats) made the balsa firmer and better to plank on to as the mix seemed to soak into the balsa. I have used basswood a number of times before for the same purpose. I think the balsa is almost as good as long as it is treated in this way and it is easier to shape.

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