[WWI] Darkening bamboo struts

sperry11 sperry11 at tampabay.rr.com
Tue Oct 17 09:03:18 EDT 2017

I used to color them with watercolor pencil and then paint them with a light coat of Fututre to blend. Then when that dried well i would build up the finish with more Future. I was generally darkening them, but a light color pencil might well work to lighten.

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-------- Original message --------From: Crawford Neil <Neil.Crawford at volvo.com> Date: 10/17/17  8:46 AM  (GMT-05:00) To: World War I Modeling Mailing List <wwi at wwi-models.org> Subject: [WWI] Darkening bamboo struts 

I finished the wing-floats for the FBA, and am about to continue with prop and struts. I want to get all the wooden bits done so that I can french
 polish them all, at the same time.
I plan to make struts from bamboo for strength, but they were dark, so I will need to stain them somehow, any ideas for an easy way of staining
Or I could make them easily from mahogany model ship deck-planking, that might be strong enough anyway, it’s what I used to do.

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