Yep, finally back to the news posting and chatting on CCC! For anyone who wants to know, the move went well -- aside from the usual car problems, lots of snow through Detroit and the, ahem, dietary issues from three days of coffee and 'road' food.
I, however, still don't have a job. AND, as the universe may have it, might be moving right back where I came from. *laugh*
So, on some castle-releated issues, moving large MOCs. I should have taken some pics to add to the article put up on the main page a while back, but I didn't. So, all you get is the text. yeah, how 80's.
To move the Black Tower, I broke it down into the 11 main sections. Three tower sections -- each about 5 feet tall. One top section, and a lot of lower tower bits and the landscaping. The small parts were easy to move, I just put them in boxes with a lot of padding -- no help to you there.
But, for the really big parts, I think I have some good advice. I wrapped the towers in a LOT of bubble wrap and taped the wrapping pretty tight. I figured this would help with the overall structural integrity of the building as it got bounced around by the movers, etc. I also used Saran Wrap (of Glad Cling Wrap if you've got it) to wrap the bits.
For packing, I had to buy wardrobe boxes for the three tallest sections. After bubble and Saran wrapping, I just stood the sections up in the boxes and packed pillows around the structure. I didn't put anything on the bottom of the box -- I figured a flat surface would be better than a pillow, etc, for weight distribution, etc.
So! After all that, the entire creation moved really well. Only a few small bits came off -- and they were easy to find in all that wrapping. The movers did comment that I was more than a little insane as the volume occupied in the moving truck by the Lego boxes was huge -- all total about 20 large boxes, plus the three wardrobe boxes. *laugh* And to think I need about 100 times that amount of Lego for the next MOC. Ah well.
Glad to be back!