I have quite a few Eduard and Tamiya planes, about ten, that I have not built. I wanted to, but knowing I will probably sell them off I am realizing that shipping is going to be a complete pain in the butt. With landing gear, props, antenna wire I just know its going to be a headache worrying about the breakage during shipping.
And I could have written up my response better: I meant building the kit, packing it VERY securely, and sticking it into a box of appropriate size. Take that to a local post office and ask them to weigh it for international shipping, as well as domestic. Add that to your asking price for the finished kit.
I know, but with armor all you need to do is drill a hole in the bottom of hull and put a screw thru a plastic container then bolt down. With the planes landing gear being down and back antenna with the wire, and wing speed sensors, guns, props, thats what makes it so different.
I just dont want someone to be upset that it got to them messed up. Shipping most tanks with extras is also very hard with all the bits on them. its the shaking that loosens everything.
Many years ago I read an article about a builder who shipped a commissioned model airplane through the post. As I remember it, he “suspended” the model in the middle of a box (slightly larger than the plane) with rubber bands. I can’t remember if he then filled the box with styrofoam peanuts, or some such thing, or not. He did place the box with the suspended plane into a larger box, and shipped that. Again, my memory is shakey here, but I think the smaller box may have had styrofoam peanuts packed around it, within the larger box.
A royal pain in the arse if you ask me, but the model apparently arrived to the client completely intact.
Find a block of the soft closed cell foam like you might use for sponge chipping. Bigger than the chosen kit, slice it in half so you have a top and bottom. Trace your silhouette and dig out the foam as appropriate w relief cuts and divots for pilot tubes, landing gear etc. Find a bigger box, surround that foam w the peanuts or bubble wrap but don’t leave any voids so it can’t shift much. I’m thinking about this too since most likely later this year my wife and I are splitting up after I get an insurance settlement and I’ve got built kits to move, most likely cross country.