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How To Protect My Scalemodels While Moving?

Sun Aug 29, 2010 1:18 pm

Hi!
At the end of october I will move from Switzerland back to Germany, to Neumünster in Schleswig-Holstein. When I came here, 2 years ago, I had some cardboard boxes for my models. I put this foil with this small air chambers, on the bottom of the boxes, and the models atop of it.
Well, after I had moved, I had to fix all my models.But 2 of them were too damaged.

Does anyone of you have an idea, how to pack them in a better way?

Thx!
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RE: How To Protect My Scalemodels While Moving?

Sun Aug 29, 2010 1:27 pm

Are they model kits or die cast? If the latter, do you still have the individual boxes that the models came with? They are great for protecting models - keep them in the plastic cradle in the cardboard box, then pack them very carefully, each box individually wrapped with bubble wrap. That should suffice to keep you models in one piece.

I always keep the boxes to my models in case I have to pack them one day.
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RE: How To Protect My Scalemodels While Moving?

Sun Aug 29, 2010 1:53 pm

No, it is model kits...
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RE: How To Protect My Scalemodels While Moving?

Sun Aug 29, 2010 2:13 pm

I don't have much experience with model kits, but the only thing I can suggest is that on top of what you're already doing, carefully wrap each piece individually with bubble wrap - not too tight that it squeezes the model, but not too loosely that it falls out of its wrap. Put them in a cardboard box lined with bubble wrap - not just the bottom, but sides and lid as well. That should do the trick.
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RE: How To Protect My Scalemodels While Moving?

Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:26 am

What works well but a little more expensive is styrofoam "beads". Not the "peanuts" that's widely used for shipping cause they will break small ultra-fragile parts but the actual beads use in like neck travel pillows. They're light and work well for form fitting around the model. The beads as I like to call them are about the size of the letter "o" on this screen I guess and if you look at a styrofoam block it's basically what you see but not heat formed to a shape.

Best thing is to line the box with bubble wrap for the odd kicks or bumps that will happen during moving, lay down a few inches of beads, model, then bury. Make sure the model is well surrounded. Worked for me when I moved to Tucson from Seattle (about 1605 miles in a bouncing trailer) with 27 plastic models and about 260 Herpa die casts. I think you can find them at office supply store or shipping places. Sorry I wouldn't know where to get them outside of the states.

Hope this helps. Good luck

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