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Old 12-22-2006, 06:35 PM   #1
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Need help to pack an airplane....

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I try to find a way to pack two airplane to be ship by road from Qc to BC...
I asked some mover to find a box with a lenght of 6 or 7 feet, the ws is 72".

I can't find nothing on the market, do you have some ideas how can I ship those plane securily without damages.

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Old 12-22-2006, 06:40 PM   #2
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Go get wood and make a crate for them then ship it greyhound if you have time to due this thanks Frank
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You can get seprate card board carton boxes for fuselages and one box for the wings. This way you can get boxes from market easily, try looking for heater, furnise, large fridge boxes, plus try to find companies in yellow pages that distribute these boxes for other companies around, those guys can help you definately. I recently found a company that does this distribution in Mississauga for many other companies.

When packing make sure you use styrofoam sheets as formers to credil fuselage in between the box and then fill all the empty space with old news paper or styro peanuts.

As Frank mentioned Gray hound bus service is your best bet unless you have account with Purolator.

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Old 12-22-2006, 08:06 PM   #4
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2x2's, 1/4" or 3/8" plywood (3/8" is usually cheaper) and a box of #8 screws and build a crate. It's a bit more money (usually costs me about $40 to build a proper crate) but it will be much safer and you can make it whatever size you need. If you design it before you go buy the wood, they'll usually cut it for you at the store.
The last one I did I needed a box 36" x 48" x 12" so I had them cut a 4x8 sheet to give me 2 pieces 36x48 and 2 12x48, then I bought a 4x4 sheet there and had them cut it into 12x36 for me, cost me I think $3 in total to cut the plywood sheet there. Saves a lot of time and gives you straight edges.
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Old 12-22-2006, 08:11 PM   #5
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Make a crate

Bonjour, Yves

Here is a link to a crate built by Scaleguy and Gary Maker, and shipped by Greyhound to Saskatchewan.

Have a look, you might get some ideas!!

Scroll up to the top to see the pictures.

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Old 12-22-2006, 09:11 PM   #6
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Go to your local GM dealer with a body shop A lot of there body parts come in boxes this size . I probably threw out one or two today. Biggest thing is being there at the right time or having someone keep one for you even if it cost you $10.,oh and ask for some bubble wrap too. Pick it up when they call you . The reason I say a GM bodyshop is their(GM) boxes are the best on the market. I work in a very large independent shop actually two locations with over 50 empleyees,So we get a lot of different manufactures parts and boxes
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Old 12-22-2006, 11:15 PM   #7
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check out u-haul !!
Just had a couple big boxes come in with a plane in it! was packed like a "ming vase" no damages!!


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Most storage places, or shipping company will sell boxes. I've bought a few "wardrobe" boxes in the past. They were about $15 or so, but they are sturdy, and are about 40 inches high, 20" square.

Another one I just found is a lamp box. Seems good for wings of the smaller size.

Use 2, taped together to cover the whole wing (or both wings)

Use the wardrobe box for the fuse (again, may need 2 taped end to end, and can probably fit both inside)

If your moving, I'd put towels or blankets at the ends, and use some foam around the wing itself. Fill the holes with various other soft stuff (blankets, pillows etc).

For shipping, via a courier, I am not sure, but if it's being moved by movers, it should be a bit safer than going by a freight company.
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Old 12-23-2006, 08:17 AM   #9
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Watch your overall size! Many couriers, including Greyhound have maximum dimensions, even if it is light!

Dennis, thanx for posting the link. Saved me looking for it!
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Old 12-23-2006, 11:49 AM   #10
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Yves, are you moving, or are you shipping an airplane?

I get the impression you are moving, and the plane will be in a truck with everything else from your house.
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