I have started to pack up my models for the trip to Arizona. Packing up delicate models to survive a 900 mile trip in a car does require some thought and planning. Over the years, I have packed up many models for customers and to friends. One thing that has worked for me is to make a simple cardboard “taco” to capture the model so it doesn’t move in a shipping box. Sunset Models used (uses) a wood plank to support a locomotive that was wrapped in padded paper. The models were taped to the board preventing the model from sliding or bouncing inside the box.
I start by making the “taco shell” out of corrugated cardboard. I sized the cardboard for a 40′ freight car which is 11.5″ long, 3.5″ and 3″ wide. Make two cuts to create the 3.5″ side and 3″ width. Fold to create the “taco”. I make a “board” less than 3″ wide. Wrap the model in paper towels and tape closed. Place the model on the board and tape it in-place. Fold shell and tape the top and ends to capture the model.
I found a mailing box at Staples that measures 12″ x 9″ x 4″ It will hold found cars with a little packing paper to stop movement. The boxes are not being shipped in a the moving van since the temperatures inside the van would destroy the models. I am renting a minivan from Jim Gaffigan.
I found the picture shown below of a model that Robert Leners was building before he decided to switch to On3. The depot is nice rendering of the Soo Line Sussex, WI depot. It is one of my favorite depots. I sure wish that Robert had finished the model.