First Box Unpacked – not too much damage

I lifted the lid
I lifted the lid

I thought I would do myself a favour and unpack the figures that I figured would travel best – the modern ships. These are all on magnetic bases in a metal tin and I figured that the bubble wrap would help to stop them moving around. Now I should mention that I was not expecting anything great as I was present when the guys taping up the Balikbayan boxes taped first the top, then inverted the boxes to tape the bottom.

Opening the Balikbayan boxes and taking out the boxes of figures was not too trying a task as the boxes they were packed in had not collapsed at all (and remember, each of the 7 Balikbayan boxes had about 50kgs of stuff in them … books, clothes, shoes, electronic stuff and so on.

I removed the bubble-wrap and saw ...
I removed the bubble-wrap and saw …

I lifted the lid and things looked pretty much OK. the bubble wrap had kind of scrunched up a little bit and there were a couple of ships on their side down below but overall, it didn’t look too bad.

I removed the bubble wrap.

Yep, things had moved around a bit inside and I could see a little damage to the two aircraft but still, overall, everything looked pretty good.

I sorted the vessels out and reorganised the fleets in the box.

They are looking fine and ready for action (and I must admit, having not seen these for a couple of months, I do like the new style of basing I did on the Japanese).

All sorted by Navy again (Indian, Chinese and Japanese)
All sorted by Navy again (Indian, Chinese and Japanese)

The only damage that I could see was to the aircraft.

Mind you, the thing that has me amazed with the aircraft is that one of them has ended up with a lot more dihedral than it stared with. It must have been stretched over a vessel somewhere.

The only fleet damage was to the aircraft
The only fleet damage was to the aircraft

So, tonight, it’s out with the super glue (now where did I put that), straighten the wing dihedral and re-glue them to their poles.

Next box tomorrow (or maybe Monday of I go Karaoke tonight)!

5 thoughts on “First Box Unpacked – not too much damage

  1. Doug 21 September 2014 / 6:29 am

    Ouch… I hope there isn’t any fatal damage…


    • Thomo the Lost 21 September 2014 / 11:24 am

      So far, only inspected the ships and they are quite sturdy. I will need to find an alternative for the movement of the 1/1200th aircraft however. Still, have the Russians, the PacFed, the Japanese and three DBA armies to unpack yet 🙂


  2. Daniel 8 October 2014 / 3:20 pm

    I haven’t checked back here for a little while, but I see you’ve moved to the Philippines! Is that a permanent move, or are you still primarily based out of Singapore?

    Good to see the miniatures didn’t take too much of a hit in the move. I’d be positively terrified having to move all my wargaming stuff! 😉


    • Thomo the Lost 8 October 2014 / 8:53 pm

      Hi Daniel

      Yeah, moved to Manila in August on a long-term contract – currently set for 2 to 2.5 years but hope I can swing it for a few yours more. We both like Manila. Work is interesting, the folks here are friendly and easy to understand and, most importantly, there are a lot of wargamers and beer is cheap! There are two wargame clubs that have made contact so far, one within walking distance of the apartment we are staying at.

      With regards to the figures, I haven’t checked the other boxes yet but I saw the way the boxes were handled when they were picked up so I have purchased a dozen tubes of Superglue to use as I open them. The ships were the first box opened and I suspected that they would have the least damage as they are fairly solid units.

      Stay tuned for more damage reports over the coming weeks.

      IF you are passing Manila, do be sure to drop me a line. If you are passing Singapore, also drop me a line as I can connect you with a gamer who I am sure would appreciate a live opponent 🙂


      • Daniel 5 November 2014 / 8:06 pm

        Nice, never been to the Philippines so I have no idea what Manila is like, but I can imagine it might be a little less modern than Singapore! Sadly I’m unlikely to get past there anytime soon as far as I can tell — but then again I didn’t imagine I’d be in Seoul (and I made sure to visit the War Museum there thanks to reading about it on your blog when you were working on your DBA Koreans, and it was a great way to spend a day!) this year so who knows 😉


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