Efforts Heinkel He 115 has in the past year been affected by the need to complete other projects. This is both for reasons of space in the workshop, and of the need to be able to move things around before work on the museum's new building is started.
Nevertheless, continuous work has been ongoing at He 115. Work on preserving parts has continued in the same form as before.
We have now come so far in this work that we will now shift our focus from preserving components from the Kanzel and cockpit, to reassemble these parts in the aircraft. Initially, we will prioritize parts taken from Kanzel. As we now get more space around us in the workshop, we will also reassemble the Kanzel and cockpit sections.
When the aircraft was raised in 2012 was the big cassette, where in it was stored 5 PCS. M.G. 15 spectacle magazines, completely destroyed. Fortunately, we have photos of the remnants that were left of the cassette. We also have three black and white photos showing parts of this magazine. We have also benefited from an overview drawing which, among other things,. shows this cassette. After a lot of good thinking, as well as good craftsmanship, we now have a copy of such a cassette. This was built in the workshop and also consists of some remaining parts from the original cassette. It will now be fitted into the Kanzel.
Heinkel He 115 the project is approaching the time when it will need a fully renovated center section to move forward with the project. The center section is a large and complex structure. Fortunately, it has not sustained major damage after its stay on the fjord bed. Nevertheless, there is corrosion damage that must be repaired. There are also complicated joints where both steel and aluminum are riveted together. These must be opened both for cleaning and to prevent further corrosion.
The center section is the hub of the aircraft. All the aircraft's main parts are attached to this. Therefore, we must be sure that we do not have to dismantle this at a later stage to repair corrosion. We will now consider several solutions for who will, and where the work with the center section is to be, is performed. There are three main options here, either to do all the work, self, do the work yourself with the help of others, or outsourcing the work to an external commercial actor.
A lot of work has been done this winter to map out how the center section is built in detail. Furthermore, we have obtained a detailed overview of what needs to be done in terms of work on the section. The scope of work has been broken down into many different job packages with associated descriptions and photo documentation.
Before the museum's construction work starts, we have to cut out for access through the concrete walls in the hall where the center section is now stored. This is to be able to drive the center section out of the warehouse.