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How to Pack a Model Ship

Protecting model ships in transit is not an easy feat for antique dealers, artists, and removalists. By nature, model ships are very delicate. Traditionally model ships have been packaged in wooden crates with a bit of foam or bubble wrap to protect them. You will find, however, that wood can cause abrasion on the surface of the hull, and void fill such as bubble wrap still places too much pressure on the intricate masts, sales, and lines.



It is clear that the best way to protect the valuable is by only applying pressure on specific parts of the hull, and resting the base of the ship on a less abrasive surface with good shock absorbency. The honeycomb board Rebul crate has a soft, unabrasive paper lining and absorbs shock better than wood to avoid cracking and breaking if it’s knocked in transit.


Once the hull has been rested on an appropriate base, a suitable part of the hull is located that will be able to withstand the stress of tie-downs to secure it. Holes are drilled in this part of the crate base and straps are threaded through and around the hull then gently secured to ensure the bare minimum in the movement of the ship within the crate. This restriction of movement means there will be no pressure placed on the masts by the walls of the crate.


With the Rebul crate, the walls can be easily assembled around the base once the ship is secured.  Our crates have proven success protecting all kinds of arts and antiques, in Australia-wide and international transit.


Give us a call to see how we can help and hear about our experience with highly fragile, high-value goods.

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