Packing Models For Moving
by Joe Callahan


Whether it's a club meeting or a local contest, we have all faced the problem of transporting our built-up models. My problem was packing up my models for a move clear across the continent. I had been using inexpensive plastic shoe boxes (available at department stores) to move and store my models, but I never put more than three models in a box. I had to find a way to consolidate my collection into the smallest possible space for the move. How could I do this without a disaster? How would I keep the broken or loose parts from getting lost? Five or six models could actually be packed with in a plastic shoebox, so part of my problem was solved. Now, how to avoid ending up with just a pile on painted styrene? Making individual supports form foam or cardboard was too labor intensive. I found I could place a model into a plastic zipper bag and not crush an aerial or break a prop! Any loose or broken parts would stay within the bag and not float around inside the box. Another part of the puzzle fell into place.

Bagged models could be layered in the plastic shoeboxes. I had to use suitable packing material to layer the models. Once I found 2 bags of plastic "Easter Grass", I had the last part of the model packing puzzle. Like making lasagna, I layered the Easter grass and bagged models into the plastic boxes. I put rubber bands around the boxes, then packed them into sturdy cardboard shipping boxes.

When I arrived in North Carolina, I unpacked my kits. I was surprised to find very little damage (one broken aerial and two props on the same aircraft). None of the parts were lost, and they were easily fixed. I was very pleased with the results. All the aircraft packed were single seat, single engine, 1/72 scale aircraft, but I am sure that the same results would happen with any type of model.