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Hi all,hope this is the right place for this post.

I'm new around here,but I have been building model ships in plastic for some time now. At the moment I'm building the Spanish Galleon at 1/96 and now I want to improve a little bit  the general aspect and give it a better look for that I want to build the dead eye tables in wood and make all the respective rigging with the dead eyes instead of the nasty plastic things that they send on the model. At the moment I have made one trial with balsa wood but is to fragile and brakes quite easy,so my question is which one is the better wood to do this. I would be much appreciated for your help.10341821_241269029409469_710937587354784 This is what I intend to do.

Thank you all in advance.

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The "tables" to which you refer are called channels. I would recommend a good hardwood. No plywood since the plys will show around the edges even through a coat of paint. Hardwoods good for this sort of thing are generally nut or fruitwoods, but you should not restrict your choice if you have trouble finding them. Basswood will probably work okay so long as it does not chip or tear too much. You can find pre milled basswood at your local hobby or crafts store.  



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