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Old 08-31-2005, 03:44 PM   #1
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Hello everybody,

I've a race overseas and I have to travel by plane.
So I'm looking for a strong R/C bag, maybe with plastic boxes. I saw the Team magic bag but I need some advice and feedback to buy the best and strongest bag to travel by plane.

Thanks in advance.

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i suggestthe Team Magic F8 Bag... this is the best RC Bag ever made

check it out at Team Magic
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The Team Magic bag with the plastic boxes isn't available until October, I picked up the old version off of eBay and absolutely LOVE it! You can get the bag now and upgrade the boxes later on.
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Some would say ship the stuff separately by FedEx or UPS. But having worked at UPS, i say you have a better chance with your goods at the airport. Yes a baggage handler will toss your stuff, but nothing like being shoved in a truck and shipped with 1,599 other packages. The last time i flew to a race, i boxed it all up in a shipping box of decent size, less fluids, and padded everything that might break. Then taped the shipping box with clear packaging tape... i mean allll over the outside of it. The last thing you want is your stuff to get wet. Last time i checked, a GFX didnt do to well around water. You can expect your stuff to be upside down, tossed, kicked into place, and even sat on. Not to mention, if your luggage doesnt make it to your arrival airport, as it often does, and ends up sitting on some baggage car in the rain, in Sanduskie, Ohio.

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Old 09-01-2005, 01:48 AM   #5
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I'll still recommand the 'Ol' traditional luggauge bag to lug your stuff with.In my opinion,they offer the best protection against the airport lugguage 'throwers' .Even though,if you have a fragile sticker on it...I know...I had that job for a vacation once long time ago.
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Thanks guys,

Do you know if Team Magin plan to manufacture the new black boxes for their Touring car hauler bag???

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Not sure about that but I will say I use the 1/8 bag for my 1/10 touring car. With the body on my XRay barely fits into the 1/8 bag.
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I used my Team Magic bag to travel last summer to Cali and the handles were ripped by the airline bag dudes I will never pack my stuff in a bag like that again. Your best bet is one of those black plastic containers w/wheels for about $25. http://www.containerstore.com/browse...5&PRODID=62806
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Thanks guys,

Do you know if Team Magin plan to manufacture the new black boxes for their Touring car hauler bag???

yes... team magic now has the F8 bag with the black plastic boxes instead of the cartons.. nicole from tm just emailed me... this one sure is sturdy dont worry... just tell the airline personnel to put a "fragile" sticker on it and you are good to go
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One thing I do is Plano makes fishing tackle boxes that I use for RC parts and stuff. They are high impact plastic boxes. When I travel I got 2 smaller ones 15X9X15 inches roughly where I put a bunch of stuff in those.

Then I goto a shipping place like Ups get a heavy duty shipping cardboard box to put the boxes in. Usually the boxes are around 7mm thick. I check the weight and size restrictions and cut the boxes to those specs or size that you need. For some people extra fees may not really matter. I choose not to pay the extra fees I think United has been like 72 linear inches and 50 pounds per bag. Check with your airline if you are worried about saving money.

I never had a problem and even had stuff hazmatted. Don't pack traction compound, paint, etc... I spilled some compound and did not get it fully out of my box. They went nuts and confiscated some of my liquids.

Usually my 2nd baggage is a suitcase where I put clothing and whatever else that does not fit too well in the cardboard box.

My carryon is my fragile bag. I carry on my car, radio, chargers and anything else that I do not want to get roughed up. I used to do batteries but after 9/11 I don't anymore.

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The Team Associated bag works nicely. It's what I use for travel to take both 1/12 and touring car. Many airlines allow up to 70 pounds for domestic flights. If you are over that by a couple pounds, then just bribe the guy checking in bags outside. I usually carry on battery packs.

http://rc10.com/feedbackresult/forms/gear_bags.htm

But that page has an old picture for some reason.
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Southwest lets you do (3) 50 pound check-ins.. and a carry-on...
Hard craftsman cases work good and come w/ wheels...
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Not many allow over 50 lbs anymore. AirTran allows 2-70 lb bags.
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Normally depending on Airlines in Europe you weight limitation is around 15 to 20 KG(33 to 44 Pounds,) since there short distance flights, and that always becomes a problem especially when you figure in Battery Weight....and limited to 1 hold baggage do to small planes and short flights....myself i always take the key pieces(car, radio, charger, electronics in general) with me....
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BTW Hugo is in France, just so my previous post doesnt look stupid....
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