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    Building a crate

    Hi guys, I may need to ship my Der Jet Cougar out of state. I would like any advice or pictures on how to build a crate for shipping. I have a general idea on how I will approach this, but any recommendations are appreciated. Thanks, Alex.
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    RE: Building a crate

    I built a frame out of 2x2's and covered it with 1/4" luan (ply or osb)
    I nailed all the luan on execpt for the top.
    That was screwed on with 1" drywall screws.
    Set your model inside and make a 1/2 moon cutout from a piece of luan and put pipe wrap on the edge to prevent scratching. Screw that wood to one of the formers in the crate.
    Make another 1/2 moon plywood,, put on the pipe wrap and screw it on from the top down putting gentile pressure on the fuse. This will prevent the fuse from sliding around.
    The wings I wrapped in bubble wrap and put them in the sides of the crate.
    Between newspaper and foam peanuts I filled the entire crate. Took them to Greyhound and never had a issue.
    VERY IMPORTANT......... right on the top of the crate,,"DO NOT STACK" That way the shipper won't put stuff on top.

    Good luck,,, It's easy to do. Materal will be around $25-$30 and about 1 1/2 hours of time

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    RE: Building a crate

    If using UPS build it out of 1/4 " steel plate and wrap it in plastic and incase it with concrete and i would still insure it

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    RE: Building a crate

    TCHIEF.........
    Now thats really funny

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    RE: Building a crate

    I have shipped a lot of large items including RC planes and have made crates to fit and have had good luck shipping truck freight and Greyhound.
    I too have used 1x2's and 2x2's to make the framework and fiberboard/tileboard for the bottom, and ends. I make a "rack" inside to hold the wing(s) secure. I have access to a box maker machine so I can get a double walled heavy cardboard box for the framework to fit in and a top/lid for it. If not I would just use 1/4" plywood for the "box".
    I bubblewrap the wing only where the supports touch it and on each end. I fit the fuse and all other parts inside then drill holes through the bottom board for heavy-duty ty-raps. I wrap the fuse in bubble wrap only where the ty-rap straps will be and on the tail & nose. Bubble wrap the other parts as well. I strap the fuse down via the landing gear usualy wheels off to the bottom, if no gear then around the bubble wrapped fuse with cardboard. Then strap down the other parts. Smaller parts go into boxes and the boxes get ty-rapped down to the bottom.
    From my experience do not put anything else like packing peanuts, newspaper, ect.....inside the crate. All that does is add extra weight and doesn't provide any added protection. In fact what it can do if the crate is dropped, kicked, or otherwise abused is transfer the shock to the parts inside cracking plastic canopies, covering, etc.... If everything is secured inside /strapped down , that's all you need. If it's going via a trucking company then strap it down to some pallets.
    Also , once it's all finished, mark the outside on each end, both sides and several places on the top and bottom with your return address & phone number and the buyers address and phone number
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    RE: Building a crate

    If its small enough..............

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    RE: Building a crate

    Just get one of these .
    Give me a call if you need help building a crate.
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    RE: Building a crate

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    RE: Building a crate

    - 2" X 2" frame with 1/4" plywood bottom

    - bubble wrap all parts

    - 1" insulation foam "formers" with cutouts to support fuselage, wings, and other major parts
    (see pictures below - note that the "top" of the formers have not yet been made and placed)

    - tape bubble wrapped smaller parts inside of, or to the outside of, the major parts such as the fuse

    - test crate by placing on all sides to make sure parts do not move or come in contact with where the sides, bottom, or top will be

    - cover sides and top with 2 layers of heavy duty cardboard (I use moving boxes from Home Despot - I hate dumpster diving for cardboard)

    - ship via Greyhound - about $100 or less for crate supplies and $100 for shipping almost anywhere in the U.S.

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    RE: Building a crate

    Thanks guys. The pics help alot. I think i can handle it now. Alex.
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    RE: Building a crate

    for the same cost, approx $100, I have used a business called "Craters and freighters" to make my crates for me. They are national and they can ship for you also. Nothing wrongwith making your own but there is the alternative.

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    RE: Building a crate

    Find a sea-doo or ski-doo dealership. they ship those in crates and dispose of the crates afterwards.


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