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Re: Moving & Shipping completed kits question
When I moved from northern to southern California three years ago, how to safely transport my model ship collection was a major project. All of them were in plexiglass display cases with flat rectangular wooden bases, so that helped significantly. A few, and eventually all, of the ships were attached via their plastic or wooden display mounts by wood screws to those bases, and then I searched local supermarkets for suitably sized used boxes in which to package the cases (the long boxes used for shipping flowers were especially helpful). The display cases were covered in brown wrapping paper taped together so the cases were immobile on their platforms. I had about 70 models to package (all 1:350 scale), and they were all transported by professional movers; all boxes were labeled with THIS END UP and FRAGILE! markings. When I unpacked everything, nearly all the models had arrived intact; even a few boxes that had been shipped upside down emerged with contents undamaged, and what did break loose was contained within the display case and easily reinstalled onto the model.
I moved from Canada to the US a few years back and brought some of my completed kits with me. They didn't do well in the move.
Since then I have replaced a few and added to the collection. Now there is a possibility that I may be moving a few states over.
I have a couple of 1/200 scale ships, half a dozen 1/350 scale and a couple of planes in 1/32 scale.
Any suggestions how I can move/ship them with minimal damage?
I am not too keen on leaving them behind and starting again, but if there aren't going to survive the move I may have to do that.
Any suggestions on how to pack, ship etc would be appreciated. I really don't want to hold any of them on my lap for the 8 hours drive
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