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    Balsa of choice and alternatives
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    pressonreguardless
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    Thanks for sharing, Colin.
    I love to repurpose the only problem is I never throw anything away.
    When I do I aways find I need it later๐Ÿ™„
    Trev
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    Balsa is easy to work with, Great for Static Models.
    Blocks of Balsa can be shaped quite easily
    Trev
    roboboyo
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    thanks tim, and to everyone who has contributed to my thread, will have a few more question
    s that ill post here if thats ok?

    thanks again guys, its great to be here๐Ÿ˜Š
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    Colin H
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    Good evening Roboboyo.
    I have a variety of models from as far back as 1914 to present day. The oldest was built from paper mache over a cardboard frame with wooden deck and masts. It was powered by a clockwork motor up to about 1960 when it started to deteriorate from the paper delaminating.
    So now it is a static show item.
    I also have a small tug that was built from all balsa wood and still sails regularly.
    But as yours is a static display model you can use whatever materials you feel comfortable using.
    Modelling is about creating small scale items using whatever is available.
    I try to use mostly recycled materials for repairing and restoration purposes.
    Hope you find this useful, cheers Colin.
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    Fair winds and calm waters, COLIN.
    tim morland
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    Hi Roboboyo,
    I didn,t know what you were building but a block of balsa might be perfect for the hull. depends whether the interior will be solid or open. Also many people like to make the superstructure out of solid balsa then skin it with thin ply, card or plasticard. It's your choice really. What do others think?
    best wishes Tim
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    Scratchbuilder
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    Hello Roboboyo.
    Welcome.
    Like many others I use Balsa wood a great deal and agree with the comments made by other members.
    It is such a versatile and forgiving material BUT must be treated with respect when near water and treated with sealants accordingly.
    I am not sure if you take the Model Boats Magazine but by coincidence this month (March2022)features a great article on Balsa.
    It covers the different types and virtues of working with it.Well worth a read.
    If you donโ€™t get M B magazine you can purchase from Smiths or other high street dealers.
    Hope this helps and we are all here to help.
    Happy building.
    Regards Bill.
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    Never give up.It will come right in the end.
    roboboyo
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    Thanks Tim, Iโ€™m a complete newbie. I used to make boats out of cereal boxes as a young boy lol


    Iโ€™ve been interested in woodwork for years but with very little knowledge or skill!! Iโ€™m finally in a position to really get stuck in and Iโ€™m like a kid in a sweet shop as I gather info!! Thanks everyone for the replies, so maybe balsa is not the way forward then, I want to use wood that I can cut on a scroll saw (dremmel version)
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    tim morland
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    Hello roboboyo,
    I totally agree with Dave and Newby, many of us started out many years ago by buying balsa kits from firms like keil-kraft and others. Here's my contribution.
    1.Screws rip out of balsa. An extreme case would be an engine mount for an ic. engine.
    2. There is different quality balsa, some is harder than others, some is too soft. Some cuts nicely across grain with a knife others tear.
    3. Direction of grain in a model is very important. Whilst the same is true of ply it is more forgiving.
    4. It sands easily, in some cases too easily. i have lost count of the times I have got carried away sanding.
    5. I find that using a razor saw is best (for me) for cutting across grain. Cutting inside curves can be tricky as the knife blade sometimes follows the grain rather than where you want to go.
    6. Finally, balsa has prominent grain which might need a lot of filling.
    a model that I am currently working on is HMS Hornet, a Torpedo boat destroyer from the 1890's. The structural parts of the boat are wooden rod and ply but the stern, part of the bow and fore deck are carved balsa block covered in aircraft tissue and doped several times.
    Good luck with your project.
    Tim
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    roboboyo
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    Thanks for the info.

    I was going to use the dremmel saw for the cuts.

    Basically I want to do a model roro ferry and it will be for show rather than used for working. Iโ€™ll have it flat on the bottom on a sheet of wood to mimic it sailing the sea (if that makes sense. Iโ€™m thinking of doing the Irish ferries boat isle of innishmore
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    pressonreguardless
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    In addition to what was previously stated, Balsa swells quite a bit when wet. it needs to be encapsulated-sealed with resin to avoid water penetration.
    Trev
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