building a crate can take from about
4-8 hours from start to finish. My
first one took me closer to 8 hours
including shopping and travel time,
and now it takes me from 3-4 hours.
1. Pack it in peanuts. If
you have access to cheap Styrofoam
peanuts in bulk, instead of all
the foam wrapping and support, all
you do is fill your crate, or cardboard
box, full of peanuts, with the plane
and parts floating in the middle.
You do need to make sure you have
ample clear space around the plane,
but this is about the simplest,
and yes, the safest way to "secure"
the plane in your crate/box. I've
received multiple GS planes from
the Asia Pacific region in very
large cardboard "crates"
filled only with peanuts, and they've
all arrived without any damage.
BTW, the plane and parts stay put
in the peanuts, they do not ship
around during shipment, but make
sure the crate/box is packed full.
2. Use the original cardboard
boxes, or make your own. For
up to some 33% planes, you can ship
in multiple cardboard boxes. It
usually takes three. One for the
fuse, one for the wings, and one
for the engine, cowl and accessories.
With this method you can ship up
to some 33% planes via UPS/Fedex
or Greyhound for around a
total $50 - $80.
is a picture of an H9 33% Extra
fuse in a cardboard box I modified
from the original shipping box.
You can see the Styrofoam pieces
I put in to help prevent the box
from being crushed. The box just
fit within the size restrictions
for the above mentioned carriers.
I did have to cut off the hinges
for the rudder, which of course
would have to be re-attached by
the buyer, but that's a fairly simple
task to have to do for the benefits
gained shipping in this way. For
the wings I used the original shipping
box (you could make one pretty easily
too), and for the cowl and engine
I just bubble-wrapped them carefully
in a third box.
I typically fill the boxes with
peanuts to be extra safe.
Maximum size: 165" - Length
- The distance around your box at
its widest point.
Length - The longest dimension of
Maximum length: 108"
Maximum weight: 150lbs
Maximum weight: 70 lbs
Maximum size: 130" - Length
Maximum size: 30 inches X
47 inches X 82 inches.
Maximum weight: 100lbs except with
select routes it is 150lbs
Maximum insurance: $1000. This usually
works out ok if you use the alternate
method #2 above, though you have
to send them each as a separate
Forward Air (www.forwardair.com)
much unlimited size and weight.
Remember, they go by dimensional
weight when figuring costs on these.
In other words, with our relatively
light content, you typically will
get charged by the size of the box
rather than the actual weight....so
keep your crate as small as possible
if you're shipping by Forward Air
or any of the trucking or air freight
Special considerations: Forward
Air requires room under the crate
for a fork lift to pick it up. All
you need to do is screw on a couple
of 2X4s to the bottom.
Other Trucking lines
Same as Forward Air, except typically
more expensive, though you can get
Southwest Airlines Cargo - This
is the only one I've used, but others
Maximum weight: 150lbs
Maximum size: Must fit in their
cargo door - I don't have the max
dimensions, but the crate in this
Multiple crates can be shipped for
one freight charge.
of service: Same day, 24 hour guarantee
and standard freight (cheapest).
Standard means it gets on the next
flight space permitting. I used
standard freight and I dropped the
crate off with Southwest at 11 a.m.
and it arrived in Tucson the same
day at 4:40 p.m. The crate arrived
in perfect shape. Rates can be relatively
reasonable, even less than truck
rates in some cases, so it is worth
checking into if you're in a hurry,
or the delivery location isn't too
far away from you.
- Southwest doesn't want anything
on the bottom of the crate, such
as runners for fork lifts as required
by Forward Air. This is probably
the same for all air freight companies
because of the limitations of the
cargo doors and loading methods.
2 - One thing Southwest didn't tell me
before I took the crate in, is that
you have to open it for inspection
before they'll take it.
Buy it. As mentioned before,
take pictures of the contents before
closing the lid. It is very important
to have this documentation if you
need to file a claim. Each carrier
handles insurance differently, and
they're all pretty difficult to
deal with, but you can get claims
settled if you have your shipment
properly insured and documented.
40% 3W Extra in a long narrow box
Same 3W Extra with all the accessories
Proof - no plane is too large to
ship - 40% Aeronca
40% AW Edge
Spitfire - 88" one piece wing
H9 33% Extra - Shipped via UPS