precautions and solutions for sending or receiving
Pocher Ferrari kits (especially overseas)
| Imagine yourself trying to run a profitable
and efficient shipping business, and everyone should be able to understand
that UPS, FedEx, etc. can only realistically consider themselves responsible
for delivering the outer packaging intact. They have no way of knowing
what care was or wasn't taken to protect the contents from movement and
shocks from normal handling, so the packer must acknowledge some personal
responsibilty. Much extra caution must be taken when packing larger/heavier
items like the Ferrari kits, as the mass of the metal body can very easily
inflict damage to itself or other parts when not adequately padded and
A note about shipping "cost": be aware that if you agree to pay the shipping "cost" for a kit/model, some sellers will abuse this agreement, take the lazy way out, and bring your package to a commercial packing/shipping center which may charge an outrageous amount for packaging and shipping. Be sure to specify the amount you are willing to pay for reasonable shipping expenses. A retail shipping outlet is allowed to charge far more than the actual UPS shipping rate in addition to premium prices for the box, padding, and the time spent packing. Some will do a good job for the cost, but in my experience others will use the seller's laziness and assurance that the recipient is paying the bill to charge an excessive amount.
F40 front or rear glass may arrive broken because the plastic parts box has been opened, and some trees were removed and replaced in a different position that didn't protect them from other protruding parts when the box was dropped or stacked. There are two easy solutions if you are shipping a kit (insist on one being followed if you are receiving a kit, especially from overseas):
1. Be sure there are no protruding parts underneath the front/rear glass - press a flat hand on the parts stacked beneath them to check for pressure points, and be sure the box appears flat when closed, not raised in the center from parts stacked too high. Then pack the foam block containing the metal body parts above the plastic parts box. This is safer, believe it or not, because the flat bottom of the foam block will evenly distribute and lessen any crushing or shock forces onto the parts below, instead of them being directly vulnerable to a sharp or crushing force from above.Metal body parts: the front and rear body panels overlap as they are packed in the foam block that holds the body parts. If this foam block is not still factory-sealed with the original white tape, these two parts must be protected from banging together and chipping the paint on the rear deck if they have shifted or the foam has compressed.
1. Open the foam block slightly, and turn right side up if the parts inside are not upright. Carefully separate the halves and notice how the parts fit into the packaging. Tighten the two screws that hold the front valance (lower part of the nose) to the hood, so it doesn't rattle when shaken. If these screws are loose the back portion of the hood can "droop" in the foam packaging and contact the rear deck.
If the package is dropped , large shock forces are focused on the plastic hinge pins that support the F40 front hood, as well as the suspension at all four corners. Insist on or follow these precautions when shipping/receiving a built Pocher F40:
1. Detach the front hood (by removing one screw under the front of the car and sliding off the hinge pins), pad thoroughly and immobilize in the box.