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Shipping Mast parts .Those wind driven thingies !

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  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Shipping Mast parts .Those wind driven thingies !
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, June 30, 2018 9:14 AM

Okay , an Idea ! 

 Some folks on here have been shipping sail ships and parts all over the place ! Here's an idea for you . I assume you don't want broken stuff recieved by the final stop , Right ?

   Now here's one way I have used for years . Take All the parts for , say the Mainmast ( Except platforms ) and tape them together rolled up in the thin foam you get with electronics or at the U.P.S. store .

 Now that you've done that Get a small mailing tube the right length from many of the shipping suppliers .Wrap a final thickness of foam around the whole thing . Get a small Flat Shipper from the U.S.P.S. ( Small Envelope , Put two layers of cardboard together with the platforms fixed to one side ). Tape works fine . Put the two pieces together parts trapped between . Slide in the envelope and close , address and ship along with the tube .

 You'll find everything arriving safely and none the worse for wear . This works for wood mast and platform parts too ! I ship things like 1/96 scale 5"-38 units in Ring Boxes this way too . T.B.     P.S.    I use the Tubes that plastic clamps come in , ( the clear ones from Harbor Freight ) to ship small boats and P.E. Stokes stretchers in , and Floater Net baskets too !

 Cardboard tubes work too , But you have to just about force all the wrapping in it to prevent it from being crushed .

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, June 30, 2018 9:29 AM

Not sure what you are getting at here.  Are you talking about shipping kit parts before assembly?  Why not just ship it in box kit came in.  Or are you talking about shipping a finished ship, and you make masts removable?

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, July 02, 2018 10:11 AM

Hi Don !

 No , This is for those who wish to send these specific parts to someone who needs them because they got broken or are missing from the kit . I never ship a completed sailing ship .

 The reason keeps me in business . Shippers Break them . I then get the commission to fix them . I have completed ships , modern masts and 1/96 parts

 I , go to great lengths to protect them . What Happens ? A shipment of twelve Radar units to B.a.D. shipmodels arrived with over half unrepairable ! I sent three ship models two states over .Two were damaged on arrival !   T.B.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, July 03, 2018 8:46 AM

Ah, now I get it!  Yeah, g-forces during shipping can be astounding.  I have suffered destruction shipping several models. I no longer do it.

I remember reading about a high school student, who did a science fair experiment, shipping recorder accelerometers by several shipping services.  The max accelerations many times would have been unsurvivable except for a book or a piece of wood or metal!                                                                                                                      

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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