Optimus No. 111 (ex-Antarctic; 5th example)

Discussion in 'Optimus No:111 (all variants) + later Hiker & Hike' started by Tony Press, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Tony Press

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    Here is another of my ex-Antarctic Optimus 111s.

    I refurbished this one for my son.

    It was incomplete so I had to source the pump from another of my unfettled ex-Antarctic stoves.

    The case hinges were previously re-welded. It was a straightforward fettle. The paint was completely wrecked, so I stripped the rust and the paint with electrolysis and painted it with an automobile grey calliper paint (baked at 94C for one hour).


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    The windshield is steel.
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    The hinges had been re-welded.
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    I put an old "Australian Antarctic Division" sticker on it to point to its history.
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    These stoves were supplied to the Australian Antarctic Division by TW Sands.


    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Great refurb Tony. The AAD sticker ads a lot of kudo to the unit… The reflector/protector, is this something AAD was using or is it your own design?
     
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    The protector is just a piece of aluminium put there to stop food getting on the box - definitely not AAD in origin.

    @kerophile will be able to get to the bottom of this.

    Cheers

    Tony

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    It cleaned up nicely Tony. He should be very pleased with it. :clap:
     
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    The beer can liner is great, very "MacGyver".
     
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    Staffan

    Mine is made from a light aluminium baking tray.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Hi Tony,
    Baking tray solution is great too, just possibly a little less MacGyver than a beer can...;)
     
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    Beautiful @Tony Press . I love the history behind your Antarctic stoves.