The objective is to recreate the fuselage of MkI Hurricane P3708 for display at the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum
(www.aviationmuseum.net), using as much original structure as possible. To make the best possible use of the surviving material,
professional assistance is being sought where work is beyond that of the enthusiastic amateur.
The starting point!
Left: some of the main fuselage framework. Right: fuselage rear end beneath the tail fin.
Extracted from the piles above, some recognisable parts have been laid out in their relative positions.
After a considerable amount of work,
what emerges is (left) part of the distinctive warren girder fuselage framework,
and (right) rear fuselage frame between the tail-wheel and rudder.
The fuselage joints are complex structures, each containing over fifty individual parts, as shown below.
All the original joints are
distorted to varying degrees and straightening them requires professional
An example of what can be achieved is shown below in "before" and "after" views of two of the stainless steel joint plates.
A few other "before" and "after" examples:
Joint A, where the engine bearer joins the fuselage.