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#1 backyardinc

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:12 PM

Hello all ,
I usually take my models in the clear display cases , wired tied the models to base . My issues , this way I take them breaks down my models chassis and very time consuming to setup and cleanup at shows . I build 1/24 scale models , usually travel from 45 minutes to 2 hours , once took a 5 hour trip .


> how do you guys transport models to shows safely ?

> any tips , materials , stores ?

Any help will be greatly appreciated , two shows coming up in april and may , want to take alot of models .

#2 Gregg

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:31 PM

This is actually an upcoming article in Model Cars Magazine.

 

 


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Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:34 AM

I don't transport any of mine in cases, but for the ones not in cases, I use an appropriate size box and put a couple of layers of cotton t-shirts on the bottom and around the sides. It supports the model without breaking the wheels off, they won't move or tip over in a panick stop, and the shirts won't scratch the paint. I don't let the shirts touch fragile parts like mirrors or mud flaps on big rigs.



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Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:02 PM

I wrap mine in bubble wrap (small bubbles).  Then 4 or 5 builds go into plastic container with lid and handle.  The wrap and cases were purchased at Wal-Mart.  I strap the cases to an old luggage carrier and wheel away.



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Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:09 PM

i like using baseball card storage boxes.  just place the model in a clear plastic bag and cut foam to fit around the model. you'll have to take note about small parts that could easily get knocked off like mirrors & antennas when packing foam. the downside to this is only cars and pickups that are not jacked up will fit in these boxes.



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Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:20 PM

I bring mine to shows in model kit boxes. I generally center the car in the box and then put packing peanuts all around the it to keep it in place.  Then I stack the boxes in a xerox paper box, which gets carefully put in the car in a position that it won't move. Never had a problem.  Just don't shake them!



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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:27 PM

i like using baseball card storage boxes.  just place the model in a clear plastic bag and cut foam to fit around the model. you'll have to take note about small parts that could easily get knocked off like mirrors & antennas when packing foam. the downside to this is only cars and pickups that are not jacked up will fit in these boxes.

I second this emotion!  However, rather than putting the model in a plastic bag, I place the car, on its wheels in the box, and then use pieces of tee-shirt knit cotton (AKA Cotton Tricot) which you can get as cleaning rags in a lot of stores, or just cut up old tee-shirts) to pad gently around the model, sides, ends and a soft roll of the stuff on the hood and rear deck.  I use this whenever I travel by air with model cars,  simply packing the models I am taking in a fairly large backpack (the one I use when biking to work and such)--they sail right through TSA's scanners, with nary a question (but often lots of favorable comment from the people doing the scanning!).  Only problem with this is that some cars are too tall for this sort of box, so a similar, but taller box, called a "mailer" gets a call there.

 

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:28 PM

I use large shoe boxes lined with microfiber towels. I wrap the cars with a micro fiber towel and gently pack into the box.



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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:42 PM

Very good tips and help from you guys ! Thank you .

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:51 PM

I pack my models in the model boxes and surround the model with wadded paper towels to keep them from moving.  I pack them all (usually only 4 at the most) in a large shopping bag.  I also bring along any raised display platforms and mirrors to display the models on.  I also bring along a plastic bag (an Emergency repair kit - in case any parts come off intransit) with a bottle of CA glue, some toothpicks, a tweezer and a gentle brush to dust off any lint or dusties which may be on the model.  I also bring along a pen (to fill out the model entry forms) and my digital camera with extra batteries to take pictures of the models at the show.  Oh, and I also bring along some cash for the entry fees, anything I might buy from the vendors, and food & drinks.