ORIGINAL: Herb H
You people (CMP and Nitroplanes) really need to improve the packaging of the T-45 !!!
Mine was in fine shape, but just by a miracle.
The box needs to be stuffed full with bubble wrap and/or chinese newspapers, it's not enough to just tape one part to another (eg tape canopy to fuselage), both could get damaged !
I've purchased more than four dozen planes from NP and have had only three minor issues related to packaging.
Most of the inner boxes are shipped in much heavier outer shipping boxes which take most of the abuse.
Each part is individually wrapped and packed in foam padding and plastic outer wrap to prevent damage in case anything rubs...
That said, IMHO you are not wrong.
I just received the EP P28 ( are BARGAIN of a plane for $99.00!!! )... and found that the rudder mounting tab was broken ( fortunately cleanly ) at the rudder base.
This occured because the rudder was affixed to the top of one of the wings, packed UNDER another.
The wings were immobile, but the postion of the rudder caused it to break when the boxes were stacked in shipment.
While this was/is an almost trivial fix, it would have been nice if the packager had moved the rudder into a more protected area of the box.
Experience tells me that I DO NOT want someone going through and "checking" the box contents, except maybe to just remove the cover and give it a superficial glance.
Having someone actually move off the taped up materials, typically results in a LOSS of small parts that may have come loose during shipment.
I prefer to find all of the necessary pieces in the box.