Anyone own any Russian firearms? The furniture on an AK/SKS/M91/30 is a perfect example of how strong engineered wood can be.
Some made the comment not to send Mosquitos to the Far East, but they served there. I'm not aware of any more failures in that climate than any other.
It was the glue that was the problem in the far east and not the wood in itself.
Cut from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquito_bomber
"In November 1944, several crashes occurred in the Far East. At first, it was thought these were as a result of wing structure failures. The casein glue, it was said, cracked when exposed to extreme heat. This caused the upper surfaces to "lift" from the main spar. During the ensuing investigation, it was concluded that there were construction defects found at two plants, Hatfield and Coventry, where it was found that the "Standard of glueing...left much to be desired”. However, the main reason for the failures, the Air Ministry concluded on 1 January 1945, was the weather conditions in Asia, thereby endorsing the view of Major Hereward de Havilland, leading the investigation. To solve the problem, a sheet of plywood was set along the span of the wing to seal the entire length of the skin joint along the main spar and the casein glue was replaced by formaldehyde, which was better able to resist deterioration in high humidity conditions."
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