Beaten up U.S. Army lensatic compass restoration - Restoring militaria

I restored this old U.S. Army lensatic tritium compass, which is very worn and the lenses are so dirty and scratched it is a bit hard to see through. The magnifying glass was completely impossible to use. It is also missing the lanyard. This is a quite simple restoration and service project.
I started the project with a disassembly. I had to drill out the rivet from one of the other hinge had a spring pin which I hammered out. Other than that the whole compass was held together with 4 screws and a sort of a lock ring (I hate putting those back in by the way). This one was not an actual ring but the idea was the same.
After the disassembly I used paint stripper to remove the old paint. I thought That is probably the least abrasive method as the body is made of aluminium. Also one of the pieces had a rubber gasket and other one had delicate pieces of tritium and wire which I was not able to remove without causing any damage. Paint tripper allowed me to remove the paint without damaging those parts.
After removing the paint I put on a coat of primer and military grade paint. It has great NIR (near infra red) reflecting values. That means it will be much harder to detect with night vision. It will look the same color as leaves etc. Normal paint is usually only hard to detect in daylight but with night vision it stands out because it reflect NIR light differently.
After painting I cleaned the lenses. I thought all of them were very scratched but only the magnifying glass was scratched. I Used car polish compound and resin polish to remove the scratches and make it usable again.
After assembly I used paracord to make a new cord for it. I could have gone with something fancy with complex knots etc. but I decided to make just a simple cord, similar to what it used to have back in the day.
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  • Doc S.
    Doc S.Vor 10 Tage

    I ran alot of land nav courses with one like this. Old school memories at Ft. Bragg....

  • Fabrizio nicolini
    Fabrizio nicoliniVor 11 Tage

    chuck norris chews his teeth

  • Albert Jaro Hong
    Albert Jaro HongVor 15 Tage

    not gonna lie, you made my ears a little bit uncomfortable due to that hammering! RIP to other Headphone users out there!

  • Mister nice Guy
    Mister nice GuyVor 22 Tage

    It was a nice compass ..... but you totaly destroy it

  • Lisa S
    Lisa SVor Monat

    I LOVE your videos!

  • Carmieology
    CarmieologyVor Monat

    Concerned about your safety on this one. Lol..... I bet you could restore an entire historical museum!

  • mark roberts
    mark robertsVor Monat

    What is the bit adapter/screwdriver set being used in this video? It’s not the yellow one

  • flizzy
    flizzyVor Monat

    "Controlled disposal required" Odd Tinkering: yeah right, disposal

  • Hoshino Akira
    Hoshino AkiraVor Monat

    Next: Beaten up U.S Army Warship restoration - Restoring militaria.

  • Grif._.
    Grif._.Vor Monat

    Well im gonna be SOL if i loss this in the middle of the night

  • Credit Builds
    Credit BuildsVor 2 Monate

    So with all the stuff you restore, do you keep it all? And just have a bunch of old stuff, cause I think that would be really cool just to have a huge collection of old stuff.

  • Pete Jarvis
    Pete JarvisVor 2 Monate

    Where do you find all these things to restore, some great stuff

  • Slurpy Boi
    Slurpy BoiVor 2 Monate

    Yes because graphite comes from a PEN

  • Bob Blossom
    Bob BlossomVor 2 Monate

    you tied a granny knot in the lanyard

  • Albert Hodge
    Albert HodgeVor 3 Monate

    impressive work...

  • monica c
    monica cVor 3 Monate

    Don’t watch this with headphones lmao. The hammering scenes make you feel like you’re getting your ears boxed

  • Quentin Salat
    Quentin SalatVor 3 Monate

    wattery soap looool

  • David Pippin
    David PippinVor 3 Monate

    Do not forget to use the azimuth locking lever Lieutenant, lol. Good times with these.

  • Micro Penis Scrotum
    Micro Penis ScrotumVor 3 Monate

    I like to use my hammer for all my repairs. Or my trusty hatchet.

  • Lenny Asmr Art
    Lenny Asmr ArtVor 3 Monate


  • Efpeno
    EfpenoVor 3 Monate

  • Andreas Ioannou
    Andreas IoannouVor 3 Monate

    Ducktor didn't get a bath on that watery soap this time...

  • Linus Kyle
    Linus KyleVor 4 Monate

    he did not degrease after stripping the paint

  • Cemil Oguz
    Cemil OguzVor 4 Monate

    What was the most complex restoration, you have ever did? I like to watch your videos while I'm working. It is like a terapy.

    CHAOSNCHECK TVor 4 Monate

    Sorry, that knot wasn't a square knot. It's Right over left then Left over right. :)

  • Ulvi AKARÇAY
    Ulvi AKARÇAYVor 4 Monate

    Your restoration work is zero

  • skannerz22
    skannerz22Vor 4 Monate

    is watery soap better than using soapy water?

  • Assembly_Language
    Assembly_LanguageVor 4 Monate

    you sure that's tritium? I thought in WWII most glowing things were still radium.

  • kenduuu
    kenduuuVor 4 Monate

    That pen you used at 11:42 makes me feel so nostalgic. I had that same SM-Liiga pen as a kid and if I remember correctly the pen had an eraser shaped like a hockey blade at the top so the whole pen looked like an ice hockey stick.

  • Carla Lazzari
    Carla LazzariVor 4 Monate


  • Mobili_S
    Mobili_SVor 4 Monate

    Cool ASMR

  • green#7777
    green#7777Vor 4 Monate

    chuck norris is a communist.

  • DasEmilchen
    DasEmilchenVor 4 Monate

    3:22 ahhhh the cut in the glove after removing the thing aaaaaaaHHHHHH

  • Chris Johns
    Chris JohnsVor 5 Monate

    15:15; adding the "dummy" cord!

  • Chris Johns
    Chris JohnsVor 5 Monate

    What is that driver that you use? I have seen it in other restoration videos, and would like to procure one.

  • Richard Kaber
    Richard KaberVor 5 Monate

    Me again I got a few of those from Vietnam era none fully restored one still works the 2 others not syllable. Like I would

  • Javith Akthar
    Javith AktharVor 5 Monate

    How much?

  • Hungryghost01
    Hungryghost01Vor 5 Monate

    2:40 bloodstain 5:44 its over 9000!!!

  • perry lc
    perry lcVor 5 Monate

    For small stuff like this you might get a qt jar filled with WD40 just to dip the entire thing in.

  • Miss11 Lady11
    Miss11 Lady11Vor 5 Monate

    Nice work👍🏼

  • Watson's World Of Wonders
    Watson's World Of WondersVor 5 Monate

    I am in the process of rebuilding an ancient Soviet "Vostok" case compass which was basically a Vostok standard case, the registers printed on a sticker in the case back and the watch innards substituted with a very simple compass that you wore on your wrist like a standard Vostok watch. Some Vostok watches whether by design or accident ended up with the compass printed casebacks seen as a useful emergency tool to aid navigation with your watch but not very practicable as it meant opening caseback to the elements.

  • Night Croft
    Night CroftVor 5 Monate

    what's the liquid he use with the screws???

  • Crackpot Politics
    Crackpot PoliticsVor 5 Monate

    You should be more cautious around tritium. Your could get cancer.

  • Suhayl
    SuhaylVor 5 Monate

    Good result, nice finished product but the video is too long.

  • Bradley Dillabough
    Bradley DillaboughVor 5 Monate

    "It's" = "it is;" " Its" = (of a thing) ie "Its cover [say a book's] is torn."

  • Jackluis Ortiz
    Jackluis OrtizVor 6 Monate

    I was given one of these when I was 14 years old as new in the belt case. I used it all over the world to sighte in microwave antennas. It still is in fine shape and as new after 60 years!

  • Anon amous
    Anon amousVor 6 Monate

    It's like watching a train wreck. You're constantly cringing, but you can't look away.

  • david thomas
    david thomasVor 6 Monate

    Its interesting that it has meters marked on it even though the USA has never moved over to metric from imperial

  • Odd Tinkering

    Odd Tinkering

    Vor 6 Monate

    I believe the military uses metric system a lot. At least in movies they often talk about "clicks" which are kilometers. But I don't really know what they use in real life, that might be just to make it sound cooler

    RLS RLSVor 6 Monate

    15:42 гост 86?????????? it is from ussr!!!

  • Smith Smith
    Smith SmithVor 6 Monate

    Good job

  • Ricardo Junqueira
    Ricardo JunqueiraVor 6 Monate

    The end result looks great, but I'm certain that you could've done a better job painting that unit. Ps.: I love your masking tape tags.

  • Apples756
    Apples756Vor 6 Monate

    Looks like the sheep that writes the captions messed up at 0:44

  • schmerzen
    schmerzenVor 6 Monate

    A compass that hasn't been touched in years? must've bean an 2LT's lmfao

  • Hawaiian Brian
    Hawaiian BrianVor 6 Monate

    Beaten up? BEATEN UP? I was ISSUED compasses that look like this lol.

  • Jeb Tucker
    Jeb TuckerVor 6 Monate

    3:30 looked painful, it sliced the glove open.

  • mrs. nameless
    mrs. namelessVor 6 Monate

    3:29 Am i the only one who see the the little cut in the glove?

  • Mandi Mateer
    Mandi MateerVor 6 Monate

    I wish my father was still alive to see this. He would've found this so fascinating.

  • BakbaR
    BakbaRVor 6 Monate

    awesome video.. where did you find all the old stuff??

  • Ally Daquipil
    Ally DaquipilVor 6 Monate

    3:30 that sliced through the gloves

  • handyhippie65
    handyhippie65Vor 6 Monate

    the reason it needs controlled disposal is that the tritium used to make it glow in the dark is radioactive. it's prolly ok as long as you don't go licking the needle, or keeping it in your underoos.

  • fungal gaming
    fungal gamingVor 6 Monate

    Can anyone recommend me a spray paint this is identical to the one that the army uses? I have some old m18 smokes and ammo cans that I want to repaint but I can’t find the perfect shade of od green. I tried a few brands but they are usually to light

  • Spartan3457
    Spartan3457Vor 6 Monate

    Pains me to see the granny knot rather than a square knot in the string. Though realistically it would be untied and retied all the time as a granny knot anyways.

  • Ricardo Neves
    Ricardo NevesVor 6 Monate

    Very good, as ever!!!

  • Я РОССИЯнец
    Я РОССИЯнецVor 6 Monate

    3:29 Painfully???

  • Camilo Morfa
    Camilo MorfaVor 6 Monate

    Ha! Classic mistake. I’ve seen the compass. Now I know where you live!

  • SGTSnakeUSMC
    SGTSnakeUSMCVor 6 Monate

    "...restored OLD U.S. Army lensatic..." (me with sad face remembering using these when I served). Excellent restore, though!

    TRỰC TIẾP TIN VUIVor 6 Monate

    Great job, let's do well, see you all again

  • Amit Subedi
    Amit SubediVor 6 Monate

    Will follow 🤣🤣👍

  • Chris Redline
    Chris RedlineVor 6 Monate

    Brings back lots of old memories. Thinking about finding one of these for my son now that's he's in boy scouts.

  • Hamza Mehjabin
    Hamza MehjabinVor 7 Monate

    16:24 Yes, I guess we should!

  • Hamza Mehjabin
    Hamza MehjabinVor 7 Monate

    7:36 Why do label everything? Please feel free to tell me!

  • Hamza Mehjabin
    Hamza MehjabinVor 7 Monate

    6:06 because of satisfying me, you get a like and a subscribe from me🙂😘! Keep entertaining us! Love from Bangladesh 🇧🇩!

  • Mike Elder
    Mike ElderVor 7 Monate

    I got a military compass that needs to be restored

  • Stan West
    Stan WestVor 7 Monate

    you tied a granny knot in the will come undone

  • Izzy Brenes
    Izzy BrenesVor 7 Monate

    Any idea what year this item is from?

  • FoX
    FoXVor 7 Monate

    i have probably fake copy of this compass

  • Peet Native man
    Peet Native manVor 7 Monate

    where do you buy the kompas water ? 😉

  • Gerald Stubbs
    Gerald StubbsVor 7 Monate

    Right at the end when you put a reef knot in the lanyard you didn't. You made a granny-knot. At each end of the knot the two elements have to pass through the loops together.

  • Jeery Lee
    Jeery LeeVor 7 Monate

    3:30 be careful dude Looks very hurt

  • Michael Groob
    Michael GroobVor 7 Monate

    I remember these from Boy Scouts and the scary radiological warning on the back. Oh no, you opened it!

  • Boogur T. Wang
    Boogur T. WangVor 7 Monate

    bettern ANY depot job!

  • Boogur T. Wang
    Boogur T. WangVor 7 Monate

    HOw'd he get ahold of my old compass? Q/M...?

  • Lori Jones
    Lori JonesVor 7 Monate

    There'd a tooth paste jel that is finer than car polish that will work very well too, on lenses watch crystals and hard to remove brown bathtub stains. Its called Aim

  • Hatchjaw
    HatchjawVor 7 Monate

    Satery Woap

  • 캥거로그Kangalog
    캥거로그KangalogVor 7 Monate

    아 이거 나 군대에서 탄약고 근무설때 쓰던건데 ㅅㅂ...

    TORNA TVVor 7 Monate

    I would appreciate it if you visit

  • kamaroway günther
    kamaroway güntherVor 7 Monate

    beaten up us army

  • Emtar23
    Emtar23Vor 7 Monate

    you are lucky you have that model. The one I have has the radiation symbol on it, I think it was the original model with tritium 120mCi 3H in it.

  • Z J
    Z JVor 7 Monate

    2:24 thought it was bleeding. XD

  • Brett Simington
    Brett SimingtonVor 7 Monate

    3:27 who did not feel that....

  • m dylan journet
    m dylan journetVor 7 Monate

    I got one like this when i was younger I didn't know how to use it

  • Peter Booth
    Peter BoothVor 8 Monate

    120 mCi of 3H.... Controlled Disposal Required. What part of that compass had tritium in it?

  • A.M. Ela
    A.M. ElaVor 8 Monate


  • Vera Dwi Anisa
    Vera Dwi AnisaVor 8 Monate

    3:30 you can see the glove was ripped

  • Horan Telgar
    Horan TelgarVor 8 Monate

    Beautiful restauration, but with one fault: at 14:47 the knot is wrong. here the correct version:

  • Mr.Monokuma
    Mr.MonokumaVor 8 Monate

    What is that weird wire on the cover of all compasses

  • Lizord Person
    Lizord PersonVor 8 Monate

    3:58 bro you launched that into the stratosphere!

  • jan Baer
    jan BaerVor 8 Monate

    Isn't that radium that makes it glow? when you started using the polishing compound on the lens, I expected a caption of "one eternity later" before seeing the finished result.

  • Ana María Cadavid Patiño
    Ana María Cadavid PatiñoVor 8 Monate

    I will always appreciate your sense of humor :3

  • kıvanç erakçora
    kıvanç erakçoraVor 8 Monate

    03:27 -Ouch!