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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  1. Patrick Henry

    Patrick Henry

    Πριν 2 ημέρες

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

  2. Fabrizio nicolini

    Fabrizio nicolini

    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    chuck norris chews his teeth

  3. Albert Jaro Hong

    Albert Jaro Hong

    Πριν 6 ημέρες

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

  4. Mister nice Guy

    Mister nice Guy

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

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

  5. Lisa S

    Lisa S

    Πριν μήνα

    I LOVE your videos!

  6. Carmieology


    Πριν μήνα

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

  7. mark roberts

    mark roberts

    Πριν μήνα

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

  8. flizzy


    Πριν μήνα

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

  9. Hoshino Akira

    Hoshino Akira

    Πριν μήνα

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

  10. Grif._.


    Πριν μήνα

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

  11. Credit Builds

    Credit Builds

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    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.

  12. Pete Jarvis

    Pete Jarvis

    Πριν 2 μήνες

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

  13. Slurpy Boi

    Slurpy Boi

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    Yes because graphite comes from a PEN

  14. Bob Blossom

    Bob Blossom

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    you tied a granny knot in the lanyard

  15. Albert Hodge

    Albert Hodge

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    impressive work...

  16. monica c

    monica c

    Πριν 2 μήνες

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

  17. Quentin Salat

    Quentin Salat

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    wattery soap looool

  18. David Pippin

    David Pippin

    Πριν 3 μήνες

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

  19. Micro Penis Scrotum

    Micro Penis Scrotum

    Πριν 3 μήνες

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

  20. Lenny Asmr Art

    Lenny Asmr Art

    Πριν 3 μήνες


  21. Efpeno


    Πριν 3 μήνες

  22. Andreas Ioannou

    Andreas Ioannou

    Πριν 3 μήνες

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

  23. Linus Kyle

    Linus Kyle

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    he did not degrease after stripping the paint

  24. Cemil Oguz

    Cemil Oguz

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    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.



    Πριν 4 μήνες

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

  26. Ulvi AKARÇAY

    Ulvi AKARÇAY

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    Your restoration work is zero

  27. skannerz22


    Πριν 4 μήνες

    is watery soap better than using soapy water?

  28. Assembly_Language


    Πριν 4 μήνες

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

  29. kenduuu


    Πριν 4 μήνες

    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.

  30. Carla Lazzari

    Carla Lazzari

    Πριν 4 μήνες


  31. Mobili_S


    Πριν 4 μήνες

    Cool ASMR

  32. green#7777


    Πριν 4 μήνες

    chuck norris is a communist.

  33. DasEmilchen


    Πριν 4 μήνες

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

  34. Chris Johns

    Chris Johns

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    15:15; adding the "dummy" cord!

  35. Chris Johns

    Chris Johns

    Πριν 4 μήνες

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

  36. Richard Kaber

    Richard Kaber

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    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

  37. Javith Akthar

    Javith Akthar

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    How much?

  38. Hungryghost01


    Πριν 5 μήνες

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

  39. perry lc

    perry lc

    Πριν 5 μήνες

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

  40. Miss11 Lady11

    Miss11 Lady11

    Πριν 5 μήνες

    Nice work👍🏼

  41. Watson's World Of Wonders

    Watson's World Of Wonders

    Πριν 5 μήνες

    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.

  42. Night Croft

    Night Croft

    Πριν 5 μήνες

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

  43. Neko Gnasher

    Neko Gnasher

    Πριν 5 μήνες

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

  44. Suhayl


    Πριν 5 μήνες

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

  45. Bradley Dillabough

    Bradley Dillabough

    Πριν 5 μήνες

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

  46. Jackluis Ortiz

    Jackluis Ortiz

    Πριν 5 μήνες

    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!

  47. Anon amous

    Anon amous

    Πριν 5 μήνες

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

  48. david thomas

    david thomas

    Πριν 5 μήνες

    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

      Πριν 5 μήνες

      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

  49. RLS RLS


    Πριν 5 μήνες

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

  50. Smith Smith

    Smith Smith

    Πριν 5 μήνες

    Good job

  51. Ricardo Junqueira

    Ricardo Junqueira

    Πριν 5 μήνες

    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.

  52. Apples756


    Πριν 5 μήνες

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

  53. schmerzen


    Πριν 5 μήνες

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

  54. Hawaiian Brian

    Hawaiian Brian

    Πριν 6 μήνες

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

  55. Jeb Tucker

    Jeb Tucker

    Πριν 6 μήνες

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

  56. mrs. nameless

    mrs. nameless

    Πριν 6 μήνες

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

  57. Mandi Mateer

    Mandi Mateer

    Πριν 6 μήνες

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

  58. BakbaR


    Πριν 6 μήνες

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

  59. Ally Daquipil

    Ally Daquipil

    Πριν 6 μήνες

    3:30 that sliced through the gloves

  60. handyhippie65


    Πριν 6 μήνες

    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.

  61. fungal gaming

    fungal gaming

    Πριν 6 μήνες

    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

  62. Spartan3457


    Πριν 6 μήνες

    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.

  63. Ricardo Neves

    Ricardo Neves

    Πριν 6 μήνες

    Very good, as ever!!!

  64. Я РОССИЯнец

    Я РОССИЯнец

    Πριν 6 μήνες

    3:29 Painfully???

  65. Camilo Morfa

    Camilo Morfa

    Πριν 6 μήνες

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

  66. SGTSnakeUSMC


    Πριν 6 μήνες

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



    Πριν 6 μήνες

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

  68. Amit Subedi

    Amit Subedi

    Πριν 6 μήνες

    Will follow 🤣🤣👍

  69. Chris Redline

    Chris Redline

    Πριν 6 μήνες

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

  70. Hamza Mehjabin

    Hamza Mehjabin

    Πριν 6 μήνες

    16:24 Yes, I guess we should!

  71. Hamza Mehjabin

    Hamza Mehjabin

    Πριν 6 μήνες

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

  72. Hamza Mehjabin

    Hamza Mehjabin

    Πριν 6 μήνες

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

  73. Mike Elder

    Mike Elder

    Πριν 7 μήνες

    I got a military compass that needs to be restored

  74. Stan West

    Stan West

    Πριν 7 μήνες

    you tied a granny knot in the will come undone

  75. Izzy Brenes

    Izzy Brenes

    Πριν 7 μήνες

    Any idea what year this item is from?

  76. FoX


    Πριν 7 μήνες

    i have probably fake copy of this compass

  77. Peet Native man

    Peet Native man

    Πριν 7 μήνες

    where do you buy the kompas water ? 😉

  78. Gerald Stubbs

    Gerald Stubbs

    Πριν 7 μήνες

    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.

  79. Jeery Lee

    Jeery Lee

    Πριν 7 μήνες

    3:30 be careful dude Looks very hurt

  80. Michael Groob

    Michael Groob

    Πριν 7 μήνες

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

  81. Boogur T. Wang

    Boogur T. Wang

    Πριν 7 μήνες

    bettern ANY depot job!

  82. Boogur T. Wang

    Boogur T. Wang

    Πριν 7 μήνες

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

  83. Lori Jones

    Lori Jones

    Πριν 7 μήνες

    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

  84. Hatchjaw


    Πριν 7 μήνες

    Satery Woap

  85. 캥거로그Kangalog


    Πριν 7 μήνες

    아 이거 나 군대에서 탄약고 근무설때 쓰던건데 ㅅㅂ...

  86. TORNA TV


    Πριν 7 μήνες

    I would appreciate it if you visit

  87. kamaroway günther

    kamaroway günther

    Πριν 7 μήνες

    beaten up us army

  88. Emtar23


    Πριν 7 μήνες

    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.

  89. Z J

    Z J

    Πριν 7 μήνες

    2:24 thought it was bleeding. XD

  90. Brett Simington

    Brett Simington

    Πριν 7 μήνες

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

  91. m dylan journet

    m dylan journet

    Πριν 7 μήνες

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

  92. Peter Booth

    Peter Booth

    Πριν 7 μήνες

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

  93. A.M. Ela

    A.M. Ela

    Πριν 7 μήνες


  94. Vera Dwi Anisa

    Vera Dwi Anisa

    Πριν 7 μήνες

    3:30 you can see the glove was ripped

  95. Horan Telgar

    Horan Telgar

    Πριν 7 μήνες

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

  96. Mr.Monokuma


    Πριν 7 μήνες

    What is that weird wire on the cover of all compasses

  97. Lizord Person

    Lizord Person

    Πριν 7 μήνες

    3:58 bro you launched that into the stratosphere!

  98. jan Baer

    jan Baer

    Πριν 7 μήνες

    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.

  99. Ana María Cadavid Patiño

    Ana María Cadavid Patiño

    Πριν 8 μήνες

    I will always appreciate your sense of humor :3

  100. kıvanç erakçora

    kıvanç erakçora

    Πριν 8 μήνες

    03:27 -Ouch!