2016.04.22

We are currently working to dismantle the last small parts of the center section. This is yet again a number of smaller brackets, hoses and bolts that we want to remove, While it is still possible to get turned them loose. Because of the difficult access to many of the nuts, this is both a difficult and time consuming work. For the wings part is it takes out now fully dismantled and finished cataloged. As we soon also have finished the dismantling to be from the center section, we will be at a significant milestone; all that should be removed from the plane is then out, and we will also simultaneously be finished with the extensive work that has been and continuously to catalog all that has been disassembled.

We also worked on getting the team to a system that allows that we can now save all the major parts that have been disassembled hanging along the walls, or down from the ceiling. All this to make the hall ready for the job that awaits, when we should wash out the salt from the countless joints in wings and center section.

We now that George has started to work with us, been a very gratifying and well-qualified contribution to the gang working with plane.

We now have stored all major parts hanging up from the floor

We now have stored all major parts hanging up from the floor

2015.08.24

Hmm.. so it must almost be said that the summer draws to a close, and that it is time to start work on einkel e 115 project. Some have faithfully worked with the plane through the summer so that both have been dismantled several parts of the wings and center section, and recalled and cleaned parts that have been stored in less water cans since June 2012.

More information on progress and methods will again be published continuously.

2015.06.24

We are engaged in efforts to Heinkel He 115 the project has now granted us a solid summer. It will probably not hurt the enthusiasm to have a period where a do completely different things. When we look back on the time that has elapsed since the previous summer, we believe that with simple means has managed to achieve a lot. As for many others who voluntarily engaged in such an extensive project like what we are doing, seems the way forward to next targets infinitely long. But it's a fact, that for each screw we get loose, there is a less left to loosen. It will be interesting to see what we are getting into until next summer.

Cockpit and nose sections, rear View. Photo Ernst Knutsen

Cockpit and nose sections, rear View. Photo Ernst Knutsen

2015.02.24

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.

Again, the local business set up and helped us.
Again, the local business set up and helped us.

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.

The starboard wing on track to be raised.

The starboard wing on track to be raised.

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.

2015.01.18

We will reach in the near future turning vanes 90 °, so that the cutting edge lists are pointing towards the ceiling. To keep the wings upright, it is determined to use the aircraft wing nuts as coupling point. We have gotten turned plugs adapted wing nuts, and turned these fixed in these. Later plugs we have welded frames, that will serve as connection to the racks, to ensure the full upright.

Torkel Tan Jørgensen has this week helped us to weld frames.
Torkel Tan Jørgensen has this week helped us to weld frames.

We have now also been fitted a new shelf section, and started to move parts into this. One of tail wings has been hoisted up, and laid on trestles under roof. It has also been dismantled parts from the center section rear.

Part of the center section rear. In this there are two slots down to a small storage room
Part of the center section rear. In this there are two slots down to a small storage room

Flaps and various sized slots have been inserted with Lanolin. We are now starting to get the floor space we need to be able thorn around the major sections.

Before we can now begin to travel wings up, these must be reversed, lying, so that they will point in the room lengthwise. This requires that we also need to turn the center section around, so that it is present in the end wall.

One of the frames to be used to hold the wings upright. Note the link to the wing nuts.
One of the frames to be used to hold the wings upright. Note the link to the wing nuts.

2014.12.08

A new week has passed where the focus has been to clean parts of the center section and wings. It has also been working on a solution to get saved wings on edge. We have the occasion, and unsuccessfully, tried to loosen the wing nuts from their brackets against wings. The solution was rather, getting rotated threads on 8 PCS. plugs. These will serve as attachment points between the nuts in the wing root and a rack.

A complete wingnut, from another Heinkel, removed from their brackets toward the center section and wing

A complete wingnut loosened from the center section and wing

2014.12.01

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.

One of the flaps cleaned and ready to be lubricated with Lanolin
One of the flaps cleaned and ready to be lubricated with Lanolin

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.

Wing nut plant after hemisphere is dismantled.

Wing nut with parts of the plant after havlkulen disassembled.

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.

Torkel Tan Jørgensen working with BMW 132 K engine
Torkel Tan Jørgensen working with BMW 132 K engine

2014.11.09

A new week has passed where we have continued to work to clean the wings and center section. This is an extensive, inconvenient, unexciting and time-consuming work, but that must be done so that we could dry store components. The working environment in the former water pool is both humid and cold.

Ernst Knutsen takes one of their few breaks in the effort to clean the wings
Ernst Knutsen takes one of their few breaks in the effort to clean the wings

Some exciting adventures offer still worked on. It keeps popping up new information in the form of brands, number and inscriptions. This helps to give us new information about the aircraft's history until the crash landing 28. December 1942.

Oversiktsbilde out over the former water pool
Oversiktsbilde out over the former water pool

To provide an easier access to clean tunnel in the center section, the suspension of bombs dismantled from the bomb shelter. Simultaneously two plywood hatches, who both worked as sheeting in tunnel, as well as rope down to the bomb shelter, dismantled. The inner section of the wing leading edge, on the starboard and port side of the center section, was also dismantled.

Inner section of the starboard wing leading edge.
Inner section of the starboard wing leading edge.

2014.11.02

It has in the last two weeks almost daily been working to wash and flush center section, finger, tubes and other components, which until now has been stored in the water out there in the concrete basin. It also, been made a stairway down to the pool to facilitate the access to this. Although much has been done, remains even part flushing, before we can be finished with this little unpleasant work.

It is set in order racks for use down in the pool, and steel materials to make other necessary arrangements for being able to stack away the different components.

The company Blast- It is now ready to clean the cockpit section inside using dry ice blasting.

Starboard side of the cockpit for cleaning using dry ice blasting.

Starboard side of the cockpit for cleaning using dry ice blasting.