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Re: Shipping finished models
Use tri-wall cardboard for the outer box.
I've never shipped a model, but when I transport them I make sure they are firmly attached to a base that has a tight fitting cover - a car model plastic case will fit a 1/350 Flower class. If the model is either water-lined, or mounted on it's base, it can be securely glued to the case base so it can be turned upside-down without danger. If shipping, cover the plastic case with flat slabs of styrofoam packing and firmly tape. Then use thick cardboard (from a large box) to cut up and make a fitted box. Use strapping tape to secure that, too. It sounds like over-kill but nothing should be damaged. Also stick "Fragile" labels on the finished box.
I did a commission build of a 1/350 Brooklyn class cruiser some years ago. Fed Ex refused to ship it due to it being “Too High Risk”. I took it to a UPS pack and ship, they were more than happy to do it, they really went to town with the packaging. It still arrived with some damage however, but did they drop it? Did I not use enough glue on the #1 funnel? Hard to say. I know that there are some folks on here that do commissions all the time and may be able to speak up to what they use, but this was my experience.
Has anyone tried shipping a build ship model using a courier like Fed-Ex? Is it too risky? A friend of mine's father served aboard a Flower class corvette and I want to send a 350 one I'm building to her.
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