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Old 02-07-2017, 02:46 PM
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So I'm moving from the Seattle area to Germany and I want to bring my jets with me. I was wondering if anybody knows where I can get a large wooden box that can handle being either shipped on boat or put on a cargo jet. I need one that is around 24" tall x 65" wide x 77" long.

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Seen this ?

http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/a...article_id=241
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I would just fabb one up. It is not that hard for a jet pilot to do. Also, you can fabb it to exactly what you need.
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Originally Posted by CamJamesRC View Post
So I'm moving from the Seattle area to Germany and I want to bring my jets with me. I was wondering if anybody knows where I can get a large wooden box that can handle being either shipped on boat or put on a cargo jet. I need one that is around 24" tall x 65" wide x 77" long.

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There are numerous packaging/shipping companies out there now and while not as inexpensive as doing it yourself, it's pretty hassle free. Be aware that shipping insurance is pretty spendy but there should be no Customs issues for model airplanes.
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Originally Posted by CamJamesRC View Post
So I'm moving from the Seattle area to Germany and I want to bring my jets with me. I was wondering if anybody knows where I can get a large wooden box that can handle being either shipped on boat or put on a cargo jet. I need one that is around 24" tall x 65" wide x 77" long.

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That's a big box, you don't have any size restrictions?
I agree it is easy to fab up; however, there could be restrictions on the crate for export (ISPM 15 requirements).

I have seen the following with some equipment that has been shipped to my work, however they don't make a crate the size you need.

https://www.uline.com/BL_427/Standard-Wood-Crates

Can you distribute into two crates?
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I don't have the place to build one other wise I would just build it and every shipping company around me wants to charge over $500 to build one. The size of the box is big because I was a noob when I was building one of my jets and made it so that the wings aren't removable.
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$500 isnt a bad deal, especially if they do the wood treatment for export requirements.
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Originally Posted by CamJamesRC View Post
I don't have the place to build one other wise I would just build it and every shipping company around me wants to charge over $500 to build one. The size of the box is big because I was a noob when I was building one of my jets and made it so that the wings aren't removable.
Well I'm afraid that you're just stuck. That size of a box isn't going to be cheap even if you do it yourself so you pay the shipping company or get rid of the model. The other point mentioned is size limitations. Suggest you verify, as noted above, that your chosen carrier can/will handle something that size and the anticipated weight.
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Well thanks guys I guess I'm just going to have to man up and spend more money than I want to. Also it's going to be loaded on a C-17 and size/weight of the box is not going to be a problem.

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Thank you for serving and going over in that mess for all of us! Good luck on the box. Wood crates are a good place to start for free wood too. Plus if it is going on a Military aircraft with forklifts, the crates could be the bottom of the box?
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You could also rent a PODS for a month, if you have that much time, and that way you can take your time packing them? Or a storage shed?
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Well thanks guys I guess I'm just going to have to man up and spend more money than I want to. Also it's going to be loaded on a C-17 and size/weight of the box is not going to be a problem.

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Ah most excellent!

As someone said; make sure there are some 2x4's on the bottom of the box for a forklift. Also, I don't know how fussy your loadmaster is going to be, but model crates are usually labeled as fragile and the top marked as this side up.
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If you are going to make a crate, make sure you put some blocks on the bottom to allow a forklift pick it up! I have read many reports of people that didn't think it was necessary and a shipping company would just put the forks right through the box and through their planes...
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