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Any Ideas on how to mail out a built model?

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  • Member since
    February, 2011
  • From: Lucas, Texas
Any Ideas on how to mail out a built model?
Posted by 68camarodude on Monday, March 07, 2011 1:48 PM

 I've just finished a model of a 69 Camaro for a friend who lives out in Colorado (I live in Texas) and I'm trying to figure out a good way to pack it so none of the tiny parts like the mirrors or bumpers break off when I mail it.  Last time I mailed a model, I had it packed in a box with tons or paper towls stuffed around it, made sure it didnt shift around. And when it got to it's destination a headlight managed to break off....

Im actually more worried about something breaking, than my friend liking the model! lol

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Zion,IL
Posted by generaltso on Wednesday, June 01, 2011 9:05 AM

I think rather than paper towels or packing peanuts, using styrofoam like they use to pack tv's, electronics,etc.......would be better. I would use a shoebox so you have plenty of room and access to pack the styrofoam in their firmly against the bottom,sides, and top snugly and clear of any fragile parts. Good luck!

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Posted by Chillyb1 on Wednesday, June 01, 2011 10:02 AM

I sell most of my built models (or give them to friends, as you are) and have devised a method for packing that works well. When shipping models you need to ensure that nothing touches the model except in places that are safe (i.e., big flat surfaces) and that any shocks to the model can be absorbed by packaging materials rather than the model itself. 

I build a little shipping container from cardboard and foam padding. You can find foam padding in lots of hobby and general stores. i buy it in one-inch thick squares of 16 inches. Using stiff cardboard and foam, cut to the necessary sizes, you can make a container that is specific to the model you are shipping ensuring that the model is touched by foam only in safe places and that there is plenty of space around the model so that nothing will touch it during shipping. I then place that container in a large plastic bag and pack that in a box filled with polyester fiberfill, which is the best shock-absorbing material I've found (better than newspaper or styrofoam or paper towels or packing peanuts for this particular use). 

To illustrate:

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  • From: Southeast Pennsylvania
Posted by peanutgallery on Wednesday, June 01, 2011 10:32 PM

Chillyb1...I was wondering the same idea......thanks, very impressive shipping instructions

Dennis

 

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    February, 2011
  • From: Lucas, Texas
Posted by 68camarodude on Friday, June 10, 2011 11:50 AM

Thanks for the tips and the pics, Chillyb1!

I'll have to do that next time, I ended up doing something else. I double boxed the model. I pack it nicely in the original box, then I stuck that box in a slightly bigger box, and pack it with paper towels. That worked, but one of the wheels broke off when my friend got it, but  he was able to fix it easily, and nothing small like the mirrors, or PE badges came loose, thankfully!

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Posted by jhaught on Friday, June 10, 2011 3:12 PM

Wrap the model loosely with bathroom tissue -- a few wraps vertically and a few horizontally. Some people also use a polishing rag here.

Place in a large Zip-Loc bag if desired. Also bag sideview mirrors, antenna, etc. separately.

Place the model in a box that has a layer of foam "peanuts" in it. Fill loosely around and on top of the model with peanuts. Do not overfill the box.

Tape that box shut, and place that box inside a larger box with peanuts in it. Again, do not pack tightly.

Ship via preferred method, with tracking number and insurance.

No method is foolproof, but this works well.

The key is to allow the model a little room to shift. If it's packed tightly, any stress during shipment will transfer through the box to the model, and it will be a mess on arrival. Double-boxing absorbs a lot of stress too, and provides that "wiggle room" for the inner box.

Carefully-used bubble wrap can also work here, especially for the second box, but I think the peanuts work better and put less stress on the model.

I have shipped many fragile models across the country this way, and have rarely had damage. Of course, if the box gets a fork in the side or is dropped down a flight of stairs, there could be issues; but that could happen anywhere.

 

Jim Haught

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Posted by johnny on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 8:56 PM

Chillyb1

I sell most of my built models (or give them to friends, as you are) and have devised a method for packing that works well. When shipping models you need to ensure that nothing touches the model except in places that are safe (i.e., big flat surfaces) and that any shocks to the model can be absorbed by packaging materials rather than the model itself. 

I build a little shipping container from cardboard and foam padding. You can find foam padding in lots of hobby and general stores. i buy it in one-inch thick squares of 16 inches. Using stiff cardboard and foam, cut to the necessary sizes, you can make a container that is specific to the model you are shipping ensuring that the model is touched by foam only in safe places and that there is plenty of space around the model so that nothing will touch it during shipping. I then place that container in a large plastic bag and pack that in a box filled with polyester fiberfill, which is the best shock-absorbing material I've found (better than newspaper or styrofoam or paper towels or packing peanuts for this particular use). 

To illustrate:

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/ChillyB1/DSCN0789.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/ChillyB1/DSCN0871.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/ChillyB1/DSCN0872.jpg

i had wondered how i was gonna mail my daisys jeep that the mirrors stick out so far on. that is a really good idea there.

-johnny

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