At the present time the restoration team is formed by three full-time employees of the museum. Harri Huopainen is in charge of the project. The other team members are Ville Siltanen, Antti Lappalainen, Arvo Hirvonen (part-time retired) and Pekka Nieminen (part-time employee).
So far the the plane has been disassembled and its missing parts have been listed. It has been cleaned and the interior metal structures have received a blocking layer. Missing parts have been replaced with parts found from the museum’s own stockpiles. The museum has also co-operated with a private British partner. Through this co-operation and swaps of material, the museum has for example received certain Hurricane parts and a correct Merlin engine. The plane’s marking and painting details have been documented all along the duration of the project. Some corrective work has taken place in different parts of the structure. For example the rudder has been patched as well as the cushion from the pilot’s armoured seat. Some riveting has been replaced too.
|Alumiinijakkara ja suomalaisten tekemät lisävarusteet istuimeen.
An aluminium seat with Finnish designed wooden fitting accessories for attaching seatarmor.
The canopy had been detached from the plane. It looked quite scary when you think that only a thin layer of protective material stood between the pilot and the outside air. The hull of the canopy is made from aluminium and a thin layer of acrylic glass was attached to it. One might think that during the 1940’s even a small bug or an insect would come through the canopy at those speeds which were typical for the Hurricane. However right in front of the pilot’s face there’s a thick armored glass which is installed for protective purposes
As a bonus I was allowed to take a peak at the maintenance hatches of the machine guns. These are located on the upper wing structure. I wondered the amazingly good condition of the hatches. They looked like new to me. Naturally I thought about those four 7,7mm machine guns which hammered Russian planes during the war. The purpose of this aircraft was simple: to shoot down all enemy planes which were a threat to Finland’s independence. At this moment the old warbird starts to create a lot of respect in me.
|Konekiväärien huoltoluukut siiven yläpinnassa.|
The maintenance hatches of the machine guns