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We have now passed the milestone it is to have been hoisted the outer wing panels into upright position. It is a comprehensive work that lies behind the wing panels now are safe, and that we now have access to both over and under the sides of these. Besides the work of creating the necessary supports to have wings standing in, was the first day of lifting both unnecessarily heavy and a little more exciting than necessary. Here it must be seized, and business Otic AS, Tananger, were asked for help, and they asked more than benevolent up and lent us the necessary lifting equipment, adapted to the work we should do.
There is a famous phrase that the right tool is half the job, but seldom have we experienced how true this statement is actually. Chain hoists and straps we got the loan did the rest of the lifting operations a pleasure to be part of.
We are now in the process of making two racks that we can save the center section hanging in. The center section is larger and heavier than each of the wing panels, and it is therefore greater demands on racks that we will build. We will again use threads for wing nuts to fix the center section toward the racks. The idea is that the racks will fill several functions. Now is the center section horizontal underside up. The need in the near future turned 180 ° so that we also have access to work with the top side. It may also be necessary to save the standing upright. One last feature racks should be used to, is in case of an transport, wherein the center section must be able to hang in the stand at a 45 ° angle.
Concurrent with the work out in concrete hall, efforts are more things inside the workshop. Among other things, working to get open and close mechanisms, for the rungs in the center section ahead list, to function properly again. One motor bracket is dismounted from the center section, and should be part of an exhibition, where one of the aircraft propeller, the rebuilt engine, engine cover and motor buck displayed.
In the past week, we've continued to wash and clean the larger parts of the wings and center section. It has also been dismantled some equipment of the center section that belonged to the starboard engine.
The major challenge is that time is not on our side, and the urgency to get both wings and center section off the floor, and stored so that we can access from both sides. This will make it easier to gain access to some of the interior rooms. The plan is to use the wing nuts to screw sections fixed to steel frames, adapted to this task. It's a little challenging to get to dismantled wing fasteners completely, so we easily can avail these which adheres to the steel frames.
It is simultaneously working inside the workshop to assemble the parts of the plane's engine, which can still be used, together with parts from other BMW 132 engines that the museum has had in stock.
When the plane crashed was the one engine salvaged before the plane sank. The second engine we raised together with the rest of the plane 2012.
Torkel Tan Jorgensen began immediately to work to dismantle the engine to clean this for salt and corrosion products. This work continued throughout the fall and winter. The stay fjord has left its mark on the engine block and gearbox, but fortunately, many of the remaining parts in a good condition.
Propeller system is "very" good condition, and it is necessary to dismantle the hub and if possible to get the pitch control to work again.
We lack the special crank- and the gear housing where this model was equipped with. Further work with the engine is therefore dependent on a decision on how to tackle the problem of disparities between the parts we have at our disposal, and the objective of the original.