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MOC Packing tip!

Postby edd_jedi » Wed May 28, 2014 12:27 pm

Here is a technique I have been using for a while with a 100% success rate to post carded figures with fragile bubbles, eg ones that are yellowing or very thin like Return of the Jedi figures. This should help stop bubbles from cracking while in the post.

Many people put cardboard, cling film or bubble wrap around bubbles to help protect them as the figure rattles around inside during shipping. But in my opinion a much better way is to put an elastic band around the bubble. Obviously it needs to be the correct size - it must be loose enough not to apply any pressure on the bubble, but tight enough to grip the bubble.

I believe this method is very effective as it acts as a shock absorber. While cardboard or cling film might stop a cracked figure from escaping the bubble, it is unlikely to stop a bubble cracking as the damage occurs from the inside. However I believe this technique will absorb such impacts and prevent bubbles from cracking.

As you can see in the below picture, the elastic band is securely around the bubble without causing any damage, and as it grips around the head, hands and feet, it will help prevent those parts from bursting through the bubble should an impact occur.

Note: this will only work on bubbles without stems.

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Re: MOC Packing tip!

Postby Stargeezer » Wed May 28, 2014 1:43 pm

Good Tip Edd,

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Postby Grant » Wed May 28, 2014 5:21 pm

That's a really good idea Ed.
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Re: MOC Packing tip!

Postby Drakon » Wed May 28, 2014 5:46 pm

Nice Edd!!! Let me know this works.

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Postby benny100 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:26 pm

Cool idea
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Postby jambobbyb » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:01 pm

Clingfilm works well, ordinary bog standard kitchen grade give the whole moc a couple of layers and make sure it's nice and sung against the bubble.

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Postby SOJ » Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:29 pm

Like it
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Postby theforceuk » Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:23 pm

Great tip, dragons den worthy on here. :lol:
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Postby Bramistuta25 » Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:08 am

Or kitchen foil... A couple of small layers around the bubble and then some big ones covering all the moc figure.
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Re: MOC Packing tip!

Postby Dark Sith Lord » Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:17 pm

Great Idea Edd!

I will certainly try to use this in future when i ship any MOCs 8)
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Re: MOC Packing tip!

Postby jasdev999 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:35 pm

It's the figure hitting the bubble that causes the cracked damage in transit. We are taking about a regular stress in transit like a box being dropped or waved. Nothing would save it if Postie actually sits on it :)

And both approaches have merit.

Either make the whole MOC move in a controlled manner with single MOC in a large box full of styrofoam beads. This does not work with MOCs in acrylic case or in star cases. In that case force transmitted on the figure is multiplied with the weight of acrylic case. I think this is what Section8 suggests.

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Restrict the MOC in a traditional way but pad the bubble in such a way that there is no give when the figure strikes it. I got a trilogo Barada from Sweden and the seller had cut a precise well in the styrofoam tray in which the rather fragile bubble fits snugly with no stress on the plastic.
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Re: MOC Packing tip!

Postby edd_jedi » Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:32 pm

Thought this was worth a bump following the recent yellow bubble discussion.

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Re: MOC Packing tip!

Postby ChallengerFox » Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:42 pm

Is the elastic band still ok to apply if the bubble is already cracked ?

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Postby edd_jedi » Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:13 pm

ChallengerFox wrote:Is the elastic band still ok to apply if the bubble is already cracked ?


I've never tried that to be honest, as above providing it is an elastic band that fits loosely so does not put too much pressure on the bubble, I don't see what harm it could do.


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