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Old 09-22-2017, 03:37 PM
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Default Packing & shipping large/giant planes!

I'm not an RC guy, but my friend, Nacho was, right up until his sudden passing early this year.

Since then, my wyfe and I have been helping his widow and kids to sell off his vehicles, boat, motorcycles and 30 years' worth of RC planes, cars, buggies, boats, engines, parts, batteries, radios, etc. I have posted up the bulk of the large scale planes in new, semi-new, decent, and rebuildable condition in the forum's Classified section, and have just sold one of the larger planes, a Great Planes Revolver which has an approx. 55" fuselage length, 28" tail width, and 14" tail height; my plan is to build a box with 2-4" additional on each side.

I'm starting with a selection of large empty boxes sourced from a nearby auto body shop; these are available every day of the week for free, and also typically include a variety of packing and stuffing materials. Total cost so far = $0.00.

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Next, lay out the closest oversize box...
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Looks like the nose is too long, so I'll remove the spinner & prop...

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Had to remove the motor, too; the shaft was still too long.
Old 09-22-2017, 03:40 PM
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Yes it is truly a job to ship big planes. Also sometimes you can find water heater boxes.. or boxes from a furniture store. It takes a lot of care and risk to ship planes... doubling up the cardboard helps a lot as well.
Old 09-22-2017, 03:48 PM
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Okay, this is much better.
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Carved into a stiff packing block to accommodate the tail elements...

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Laid down a layer of stiff foam, then a roll of air pillows...

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Old 09-22-2017, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by foodstick View Post
...sometimes you can find water heater boxes..
That's a GREAT idea! Just right for medium-sized planes like this one. Maybe double up end-to-end for larger ones...
Old 09-22-2017, 04:13 PM
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Now for some softening cushion for the tail elements...
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Some air pillows for the nose section...
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Added a bottom floor of thin masonite siding for rigidity; note the "arch" for a bit of cushion in the center of mass...

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Now adding semi-stiff foam elements along the fuselage on both sides, once the box sides are formed, I'll pour in packing peanuts to fill the voids...

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That's it for today, it's over 100F out in the shop. I'll finish in the cool of the morning.
Old 09-23-2017, 09:41 AM
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Wings bubble wrapped...

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Motor and landing gear section of fuselage packed in one of the foam blocks...

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Landing gear & propeller bubble wrapped...

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Old 09-23-2017, 09:46 AM
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Carved out another block to accommodate the top of the tail...

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Protecting the elevator tips...

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Folding and cutting additional sections of a 2nd box to almost complete the wrap...

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I then stuck all my leftover bits and chunks of foam, and a bunch of packing peanuts in the tail end (no photo). As soon as I go get more tape, I'll secure all the cardboard joints and seams, then stand the box on it's tail and fill up the remaining space with packing peanuts.

I'll get a good shot of the open box and the final packing layout of the wings (side-by-side, opposite, for the first pair; then opposite layout of the second pair on top).

Cost so far - $18 for bubble wrap + $3 for wide clear tape = $21.00
Old 09-23-2017, 10:50 AM
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Notes:
Box measures 59"L x 32"W x 20" tall, and weighs 40#.

USPostal says it's too big to mail.

UPS wants $323.50 to either CA or FL

FedEx says $242.
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See what the Greyhound bus line can do for you...
Old 09-23-2017, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by foodstick View Post
See what the Greyhound bus line can do for you...
I've used them for motorcycle frames, because they can't damage them!

Don't know that I'd trust them with a big RC plane, though...
Old 09-23-2017, 07:35 PM
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Awesome photos, thanks!
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The bus lines are a great idea. Shipping through motor freight just invites a problem. For an expensive model I'd drive half way across the country before I'd let a freight company give a model its first crash.
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UPS successfully boxed and shipped my 90" Monocoupe, but the price was close to $500.00.
Old 10-27-2017, 09:56 PM
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Transporting planes are a major uphill task. Each and every part should be handled with full care and safety. It would have been easier for you if you could hire a trustworthy shipping company that could help you with this task. Recently, my brother bought his vehicle in parts through an auto transport Fresno shipping company. Because of which my brother had a painless task of packaging and shipping his vehicle. They didn't cost him much because they're costing was totally depended on the type and size of vehicle, pick-up and drop location. No charging of deposits in advance. Maybe some other time you can avail their services.

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