Video report by ITV News Meridian's Richard Slee
Work is now well underway again to complete the only full size replica of the front section of a Lancaster bomber.
Volunteers at the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection at Old Sarum Airfield near Salisbury have built a new fuselage into which 90% of the parts will be original.
The aim is to create the experience of sitting in a wartime bomber.
Nearly all the parts being fitted to a new fuselage section are salvaged, or what is known as 'new old stock'. Many items are still in their original boxes.
The few things not available are being manufactured by a team of volunteers, who are using original plans to build the aircraft.
More than 7,000 Lancaster bombers were built, but few now survive. The model being re-made is a B1 Special, of which only 33 were built.
They flew out of Boscombe Down on training missions to drop their huge 'Grand Slam' bomb on a range near Salisbury.
Like many of the aircraft at the museum, the Lancaster is being built so that it can be climbed into - touch and feel is all part of the experience.
Find out more about the museum here.