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02-07-2018 04:41 AM  6 months agoPost 1
Flyin for Jesus

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Troy, IL. 62294

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Just like the title says,
I have three 700-800 helis
Five 600 size and a few planks all getting loaded up on Sunday. Its a two day drive so no mulitple trips. I don't know if I'll have a lot of room or if it will be tight.

How have you moved with helis sucessfully?

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02-07-2018 05:35 AM  6 months agoPost 2
cudaboy_71

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I’d say prepare for the worst (not much room). You don’t want to be figuring out what to do if there’s less room than you expected. You’re gonna be busy with everything else move related.

Pull the booms, heads, and skids and pack them all in boxes like you’re gonna mail them. All the booms and blades could fit in one good 40” long box. All the heads and skids in another smaller box. And each “pod” in its own box. That should pack pretty neatly.

Good luck.

if it ain't broke, break it.

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02-07-2018 10:59 AM  6 months agoPost 3
Eury

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I’ve done multiple cross country moves with mine. What I’ve done is get a large Rubbermaid tote, pull the booms, place helis inside and drill holes on either side of the skids. Zip tie helis down. Put stuff around booms (clothes work great for electrics, not so much for nitro and gas) and put those in, fill rest with extra canopies, blades etc and then fill with clothes to top. I’ve gone from NH-FL-NH-IA-VA-NH like that with a couple totes and never had any damage.

Planes? I always sell or give them away. I’d say some similar packing method will work well.

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02-07-2018 01:49 PM  6 months agoPost 4
Craig G.

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My company recently moved me and insisted on a 3rd party specialty group to package my "fragile" items... pictures tell the story. Once I found out they were charging roughly $300 a crate I limited it to a few helis and personnaly transported the remainder in my van.

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02-07-2018 04:00 PM  6 months agoPost 5
Flyin for Jesus

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Those are some great ideas.
I like the create but don't know if I have time to make those.
I don't want to disassemble but that sounds better than fixing if they get damaged in the move. Does sound easy with one long box for booms and blades.

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02-07-2018 10:22 PM  6 months agoPost 6
Dan Minick

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I haul mine to events all the time just hanging vertically from the skids on the wall of the trailer with a rubber strap over the the top of the skid. Farthest I had traveled is 6 hours with some pretty sketchy WI roads and have never had a problem. I just use scrap pieces of foam on the heads so they cant bang into each other. If you had room on top of a table or couch I would say you might get away with just wrapping them each in a large blanket and holding them to the table with a light strap.

Crates are a great idea for high dollar scale birds and planks. But they use up space fast

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02-08-2018 02:33 AM  6 months agoPost 7
Flyin for Jesus

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I decided on making a create but mine is 2 stories and will hold all 8 helis.
Size is 5' 6" x 2' 9" x 3' tall. Not too bad for all the helis plus the top is solid and can set anything else I am packing on top.
I'll get the pics tomorrow.

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02-08-2018 05:42 AM  6 months agoPost 8
Flyin for Jesus

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I fit 9 helis in that.
1 - 800
1 - 770
1 - 700
6 - 600

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02-08-2018 09:41 AM  6 months agoPost 9
Craig G.

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Why not pull the blades? Less chance for damage, easier to handle.

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02-08-2018 08:54 PM  6 months agoPost 10
Flyin for Jesus

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I never thought about removing the blades. I don't have the original packaging for them so I'd actually be more concerned with damage being off the heli.
If I had kept all the packaging, then surely would be safer removed.

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02-08-2018 09:33 PM  6 months agoPost 11
ICUR1-2

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just grab a bunch of towels while the wife ain't looking and wrap em up.
It's enough hassle moving. I left mine intact I had enough to do

spending time, paying attention

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02-08-2018 09:37 PM  6 months agoPost 12
Gringle

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queen creek az

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I thought of using a small piece of plywood (2ft by 3ft) that can span across my cars truck area and then using some way to strap or clamp the skids in place to hold the heli from moving around. Something like these clamps from random heli.

https://www.randomheli.com/RC-Heli-...lies-s/1814.htm

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02-09-2018 11:58 AM  6 months agoPost 13
Frank Bostwick

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Cincinnati Ohio

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This is how I work it. The box now holds 3 600’s. The sides pop out so it takes up no room at the field or at home. The top and bottom end up being tables/work benches at fun flys. Since they have a rim, I never loose bits while working on a heli.... day

RIP ROMAN

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02-09-2018 05:21 PM  6 months agoPost 14
Heli_Splatter

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Frank, does your helicopter transport box include a method of holding the box together or is it lose fit sides and cover?

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02-09-2018 05:51 PM  6 months agoPost 15
Frank Bostwick

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It’s all pretty tight but not too hard to work. The top or bottom would have to move about an inch and a quarter before a panel became free. I have strapped it closed before but don’t really bother any more. I will say this, with a strap on it, it’s easy to lift one handed and move around but I’ve found securing it closed un needed

RIP ROMAN

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