Anybody got experience of moving 17 foot long model aircraft carriers?

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  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  3. Vintage Wargaming

    Vintage Wargaming Well-Known Member

    Do you know what scale that is?
  4. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Maybe talk to a radio control model club in the area. Some of their planes, not many, have wingspans that long and they have to move them around somehow.
  5. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

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  6. Very simple: dig a trench to the nearest waterway, let it fill with water, and then tow the monster to its destination (assuming she cannot sail under her own power).

    A similar method was successfully used for the much bulkier Phoenix caissons back in '44. ;)

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  7. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    If model is sturdy, I suggest something like this:
    1. mount some wheels under table top;
    2. put two groups of 4 (or 6) car jacks and lot of blocks under table top (watch out for stability!);
    3. cut away table legs;
    4 lower table top step by step; until it rests on wheel;
    5. Louding into van/lorry: same process, other way around.
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  8. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    If all else fails there is always BB guns and firecrackes.
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  9. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

    If you can construct a temporary extension to the work bench and can obtain, or have made, some sealed tubes that can be filled with air or water, you can move it slowly to the transporting vehicle by putting the unfilled tubes under the vessel then inflating them. Google - Flexodams for a bit more info. If you aren't too sure of the tubes, put wooden rollers in their place once you have jacked the hull up with the tubes and reverse the process when you get to site. That's the way the big boys used to do it. Don't forget to make a good cradle for transport. I can send some pics from an old brochure. I have to confess that we never moved anything that small in this way.
    Good luck!
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  10. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Good stuff, Roy, but I'm not involved in the move.
    Sounds like Ashworth needs a man like you.
  11. Trackfrower

    Trackfrower Member

    Get a 20 foot long bed van.
    Lots of strong friends
    Beer (for later)
    Build a cradle or wedge with rolled blankets
    Wide lifting strops or improvised slings.
    If not too fragile, secure in van to stop any movement.
    How heavy and fragile is it?
    OR pay experts do move it!
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  12. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

    Me again, you don't need to build a platform to go all the way to the van, just another work bench of the same length, or a bit more. Once you have the ship on the 'new' bench you move the old one up and use it again. I attach a slightly bigger job, but this was a Flo Flo

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  13. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Well-Known Member

    Contact your local Army Reserve unit, preferably engineers or logistic specialists. They could see this as a useful exercise and with a PR aspect too.
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  14. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  15. Excellent news! Using an 18-ton trailer to move a 32,000 ton ship is a feat in itself :D

    I hope that the recipients will complete the model. At 17ft it scales out at around 1/45. Hopefully the standard 1/48 scale was used, which would mean that finding kits of aircraft and crew to enliven it should not be a problem.

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