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As soon as I get my AOS Pandora book, I,m going to start building my model. 

I would like to use maple wood, but it is hard to get some where I live.

But the model-shop do have some ayous strip, is this as good as maple ?

Some references call it " african maple"


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Hi bjoern,


I looked up ayous wood on the Internet. It is not as dense as hard maple and not as rot resistant. It is also subject to staining from fungus. (but then Holly is also subject to staining and it is used in model ship building). Ayous is used in sculpture. It is not recommended for wood turning.


Ayous wood has a density rating of 0.38, while hard maple's rating is 0.50, making hard maple more dense.


So, I guess I would do a little more research, but it might be OK. Just know more about the wood and how you might have to treat it if you want it to last or if it is stable enough to invest your time to do your model in this medium or if you should hold out for another wood species.


Hope this helps a little,


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