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Finally!! Although not nearly done….and nearly completely exhausted my energy and time, my family and I have moved, and my LEGO shed is nearly done. Our new home has fewer rooms than our previous, and therefore I do not have a specific LEGO room. So the only real solution was to build a LEGO shed. Yes, you heard right….. my LEGO shed. I decided to document the whole move and provide some pics of my new LEGO shed. I think there is some valuable information here. As a builder and a collector, carrying and preserving my collection is also important (although not as important) to me as building. Perhaps there are others out there that feel similar. I think the nightmare of any serious LEGO builder and collector is moving. A serious MOC can cost one months and even years of a builder’s life, and well, just destroying that once it is built…. well…. I have a difficult time with that. Although my MOCs are certainly, certainly, not works of art, I think destroying MOCs is akin to an artist painting or creating something and then destroying it later. Doesn’t really happen that way.
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I have outlined this post in several sections:
(1) Deconstruction/consolidation and preparation for packing
(2) Packing
(3) Arriving/unpacking
(4) Displaying
Each section will provide pics and a little information regarding what is going on.

Preparation for packing: In order to pack each model/MOC, some needed deconstruction. For example, my skeletal of the Willis Tower could easily be detached about at the 2/3 point, easily aiding the packing. My Liebherr 1750 8.1 needed the boom lowered and the A frame deconstructed…. and so forth. The UCS Imperial Shuttle was too big, so I had to take a bit off the largest fin, etc…..















I even found some unexpected things when I was preparing for the move. Here are some batteries that were leaking in the PF battery box.








Packing: This is not my first rodeo. Being in the military, I have to move often. I have learned a few techniques that I feel work quite well. First, on large models, such as my Liebherr 1500 8.1, Willis Tower, SW UCS models and others, it helps to use other materials to stabilize the models during the move. My crane is approx. 4000 pieces, 8 motors, two battery boxes…. etc. so it is very heavy. Even though the chassis is strong, I wanted to really stabilize it. So, I place two 4x4’s beneath it:






Other models that are anywhere from 3-5,000 pieces can be very heavy. Using plywood sheets to stabilize them is very important.


Also, paper, especially tissue paper or specific packing paper is better IMO than packing peanuts (Styrofoam) or bubble wrap. It seems to have greater “give” than the latter. Bubble wrap, once compressed, stops (unless punctured) and Styrofoam is good for very heavy objects, but it also has a very limited range of “give”.


You should also pack any cavities (holes of space) with paper for support.











Arrival: Everything looks good!















Lastly…. My new building shed! I had to compromise a little……. We also store some garden tools and storage in the shed. I couldn’t have it ALL to myself, but as can be seen, it is pretty much my hobby den. I also love building and racing RC cars…. and have a small section for mine and my kids’ RC cars. If you compare the place I used to have to the where I have now…. I lost a posh, nice office but gained much more space and freedom (installing a huge sound system will be my next task). Overall, I think I’m gonna like it very much. Perfect place to build the new Mercedes Benz Arocs to be released later this week!


































If you ever have to move your collection hopefully there are some useful tips here. Thanks for looking!







Comments

 I made it 
  August 13, 2015
Also, given that this comment showed up I assume that there is no problem with the name. I have always also been able to see the posts I make on others' pages, my replies, etc. Hopefully whatever was blocking your ability to reply to my post on you page has been fixed.
 I made it 
  August 11, 2015
Quoting Jeremy McCreary Sorry, nothing to do with this page. Rather, I wanted to let you know that the 3 replies I've tried to make to your very kind comment on my ducted propeller MOCpage aren't showing up, whereas replies to everyone else show up immediately. Could the comment screening system be blocking them on the grounds that the first word in your sig might be considered derogatory??
Hmmm.... I dunno, but I really hope not. Hopefully the moderators understand not to take things too seriously, and that especially on a site like this, dedicated to AFOLs and TFOLs, "nerds" is not really a derogatory term. Many actually embrace the term (check out eurobricks thread I started on this topic http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=111182&hl= ). But.... I will look into it. I don't want to associate my real name with my hobby for professional reasons and have several usernames locked up under the same title so I really don't want to change it.
 I like it 
  August 10, 2015
Sorry, nothing to do with this page. Rather, I wanted to let you know that the 3 replies I've tried to make to your very kind comment on my ducted propeller MOCpage aren't showing up, whereas replies to everyone else show up immediately. Could the comment screening system be blocking them on the grounds that the first word in your sig might be considered derogatory??
 I like it 
  July 28, 2015
That's a lot of Lego being moved! Also, moving in July? I've done that twice, and someone else has done so too. What's with people moving in July?
 I like it 
  July 27, 2015
Great packing tutorial, i'm taking notes to use for when i am going to move - eventually :-D The new hobby room is awesome, it would be so cool to have that much space for the multitude of builds and sets i currently own. Nice to see how your new lego-workshop will look, thanks :-)
 I like it 
  July 27, 2015
Very cool Lego cave. What kind of R/C cars are they?
 I like it 
  July 27, 2015
I have a lego m1911a1 that if it broke, so would I. It is my very first true lego accomplishment and i'm super proud of it. I've had it for 1 year and i've modified and changed it so much it looks just absolutely stunning! And since i've had it for so long it has come so close to me that it's practically a limb! Anywho, nice shed and a very decent collection! I don't have enough legos to organize into shelves. Lucky me! And if I bought shelves I would have to leave them where I am because we don't live in our own place right now. Good luck moving the rest!
 I like it 
  July 27, 2015
A proper man-cave! Have fun in there :-)
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  July 27, 2015
Great working place and yeah, I agree that destroying a MOC is you know... Hard.
 I like it 
  July 27, 2015
I wish I would have so much space. So I can only envy.
 I like it 
  July 26, 2015
You new building space isn't as posh as the old one, but there's definitely something to said for the workshop look and feel -- helps prepare the mind. Hmmm, you build your own RC stuff? Given your expertise with RC motors, batteries, and controllers, would you consider a little tutorial or MOC example on how RC equipment might be adapted to the LEGO world? Sure there must be some great opportunities waiting to be expoited there. I seem to recall an MOC of yours that took a step in that direction.
 
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