Thanks Alexander, I'll keep that in mind. I'm unexperienced with wood and used the wood supplied with the kit, If I remember correctly its obechi. I've heard the boxwood and pear would have better grain for detail work but I wanted to try and do them as the instructions suggested, not knowing how big parts to buy and so on. It's really soft to work with, a little like clay but I think I will try other material next build when I'm more experienced with it all. I think the detail level I get on these corresponds to the details on the plastic sculptures.