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What's the best method to break a set down?
My wife and I have just been offered the opportunity to move to the US. Since we've been in Malaysia the last 2.5 years I've collect a few Star Wars sets, most notably USC Star Destroyer and Diorama Death Star. I want to dismantle them for shipping (and to rebuild them again on the other side in due course).
What system/method would you use to disassemble and sort the pieces so they'll be reasonably easy to build again later? I'm thinking in terms of grouping parts in a similar manner to which they arrived new; big flat sections together, small 1x1 parts together, minifigs together etc. In the case of the ISD there are obviously a lot of grey parts, so 1x1 rounds might be better off with other-coloured small parts and away from 1x1 squares. (I intend to keep the greebly sections in tact 'cos they were no fun to put together).
I expect I should pick up one of those Lego separator tools too; I have about three weeks to pack them all (and the rest of our stuff)
Any thoughts/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!