Trivial as it may seem, packing pieces in boxes cannot be overlooked. That is, when talking about 100% mint&boxed (if this is realistic, taking factory flaws, aging of the material, finger prints, minor storage wear or slight discoloration of the box etc, into account) all packing pieces should be present, because in theory the model and the package should be in the same state as when they left the factory.
Packing pieces were very useful for protecting both the model and the box. Especially for models with moving parts, asymetrical models and models with difficult extensions and protuberances like handles, jibs, hooks etc, packing pieces were a must in order to keep them steady and fixed in the rectangular box, and to prevent them from piercing the box.
I donâ€™t know if there are collectors who are so purist that they would refuse a â€˜M/Bâ€™ model without the packing pieces that should be present, but it would be interesting to start a Dinky Wiki showing as many packing pieces as we can, because I donâ€™t know any place where such information is systematically gathered and available for reference. In Ramsayâ€™s catalogue there is incidental information about the presence and number of packing pieces. Sometimes the packing pieces are even amusing and surprising.
Perhaps the moderator can start a new heading for packing pieces in the Dinky Wiki area.
As a start, in order to show what I mean, I like present some remarkable examples.
The Elevator loader is one of the best examples for the need of packing pieces. Perhaps itâ€™s the Dinky with the highest number of movable parts. This seems to justify the use of no less than 5 packing pieces.
The Tank Transporter is another one which needs a lot of support to prevent it from rattling in the box.
The Caravan has a nice example of packing piece which does not protect the model, on the contrary, it protects the box from being pierced by the hook.
The aeroplanes are nice models with a lot of sharp protruding parts. Both the model, for which the box presents too much space, and the box itself are protected by the use of a packing piece.
And, finally, this example of the Coles Mobile Crane being kept in place and the box protected against the big handles on both sides by two sturdy pieces of cardboard. Needless to state: â€˜Before lifting out crane remove this packing pieceâ€™.
I hope that we cancreate a Wiki for this topic and that others can supply a lot more information and pictures in this field than I have.
Kind regards, Jan Werner