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Old 07-13-2008, 07:28 AM
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Default Crating a warbird for shipping

Hey ya'll,
I sold a plane for a friend of mine that thought I would take some pic's of the crate as I built it...I don't throw a plane in a box with a bunch of peanuts... I build a frame around the plane and isolate it in the middle of the crate. If someone geat a plane from me they had the carefully cut it out...Shippers are not easy on our planes at all.

I start by figuring up the size of the fuse. I give myself a couple inches on each side . I then figure if I can get the wings with the measurements of the fuse crate. I will be shipping by Grey Hound and the max is 82x30x47" and a max weight of 100 lbs

The crate for this on is 70x40x23.5"..I used the 23 .5" to allow for thew sheeting applied to the outside of the crate....

I use 1/4" luan and 1x2 constructuon of the crate. I glue and nail brad every joint. I start by building a top and bottom to the corrtec size...
I then figur the height i need the side pieces and cut all of them to size and nail and glue it all together..
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:34 AM
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I then put the fuse in the middle and decide how I am going to anchor it in or secure it down. I will prop it up to the height needed. Here i ran stringers across the btoom between the frame and then another set just across the top of the bottom stringer... I then put a piece of pipe foam where the fuse is going to touch ... front and back....
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:39 AM
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I then build a frame work around the stringer locations. my goal it to keep the fuse from moving inside the crate. and also pad the fuse. I build a frame work slightly larger than the fuse to allow the padding...I have 2 pieces of frame work here. I still have to secure the font frame work but will do that later. Also even with this frame work I still have to keep the fuse from moving front to back that will be covered later ....
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:46 AM
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Once to fuse is secure from moving up and down. I started to add stringers for the wings. I made sure my first stringer secured the framework the held teh tail in place and then added a second one..I then add some weather stripping to pad the first set of wings....I then use masing tape. with sticky side up to hold the wing sections in place... you will be suprised how well this work. I wrap around the stringer pinching the tape as I go around so it won't tear and go across the wing stick side up. I o this once or twice and then back across sticky side down on top of othe tape. this make a secure hold down.

I then add another stringer for the second set of wings and pad and secure them in place also....

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Old 07-13-2008, 11:46 AM
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Default RE: Crating a warbird for shipping

Here is another one I did, that shows to the same point as I am here. The mian thing is to isolate the fuse in the crate...On this one i shipped the fuse and the wings separately...
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:18 PM
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Default RE: Crating a warbird for shipping

Fockewulf37,

Awesome. This oughtta be a sticky post in its own forum!

Thanks for all the effort.
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Default RE: Crating a warbird for shipping

I will try to finish this over the next couple days.....

Thanks for the comments Dave

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Ok i have moved back to the front. We must secure the plane from moving forward or backwards and also secure the front frameowrk from comming loose...

First I put more side stringers on the sides that cooresponds with the front box. then I put a cross member to lock the box both top and bottom.
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:38 AM
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I then put a stop in front of the prop hub so it could only travel 1/2 forwardl. then I tied onto the prop hub so that it could not moved backwards.. Each model is dirrefent when it come to stop forward and backwards motion..
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Then you have to secure down the extra items. Like this plane has landing gear and cabanes.. For the landing gear I placed to to stringers alnog the bottom secured to the bottom stringers.
I then secured the landing gear to the stringers with masking tape. It holds well and is easy to remove....

For any other loose items it is easy to staple a box to the bottom stringers and then place items inside and tape the top shut....

I forgot to say but I placed the bottom sheeting on prior to securing the landing gear...
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The rest is easy. Now you have to sheet the four sides of the crate... I make sure I not only glue but also which to a staple gun and stable to sheeting to the sides. I am using 1/4 x 3/4" staples in a staple gun...I use glue due to a items must survive a fall. this helps keep the crate from busting if dropped...


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Ok I have all th sides on the crate and the top cut to size. I am at a total weight of 87LBS...

Onced I have the sides on. I add handles to the side of the crate. You should really consider doing this. This makes it easier for loader to handle. Instead of pushing, shoving and kicking your crate around.

The top will be held on by screws. this is the only part i don't nail down..

Once you have it all done Make sure you placard your crate well. If you don't ,any insurance may be VOID!!!!! I have seen shipment claims denied because of it... Here are my stencils..I like using a spray can but I was inside today and used a rollerand latex paint.. Roller needs to be very dry so it won't run...

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Old 07-16-2008, 11:20 AM
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This is a 70"X40"X24" crate. Greyhound will take crates up to 82" X 47" X 30"

The materials for the crate was:

3- 4X8 sheets of Luan
5- 2x4's cut into 4 equal strips ( end up with 3/4"x 1.5")

This was at a cost of $45. Plus nails and glue I already have. If I have all materials and I am not chasing my 4 kids I can build this in about 4 hours

This one is being shipped by Greyhound and they are usually more carefull with a crate and it is only moved by hand...So Luan is a fine sheeting Material. With Greyhound you have to keep the Crate under 100lbs...

If I were shipping with any other overland carrier. I would replace the Luan with a minimum of a 1/4 ply wood.. Never use partical board!!!!!!! Other carriers will push your crate around with a forklift and will put holes in the side of it!!! So it need to be stronger. This crate is going to cost $108 to ship


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$108 to ship, very impressive indeed. Thanks for sharing
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Default RE: Crating a warbird for shipping

This is really great information. Been trying to sell a few planes lately on RCU and eBay and the market is really slow right now. If and when I do sell, I definately will go this route with the crate. Need a nail gun though (ouch).

Ty, if the crate is too big for Greyhound who do you normally use?
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I have broken my shipments up before. Sending the wings if one piece and over 80 in a crate by DHL...I have used Forward Air with good results but they are expensive... You must really build a strong crate if you are going with a freight Co....

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