Assuming that backing tabs are what I call connecting strips, I like em. I've out grown the Fiddlers Green tabs, but can see their value for beginners. Butt joints work for me but I really have to concentrate when cutting out the bulkheads, I'm pushing the edges of my patience with them. Glueing one cardstock edge to another, as some of the paper gods do here? Forget about it. At least in my case at this time. Addendum: The butt joint I meant was bulkhead to bulkhead, like in John's Tempest.