Radius 119 (Shagratork’s ‘user’ cook-top)

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  1. presscall

    presscall United Kingdom Subscriber

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    I’m profoundly grateful to Trevor’s son Daniel and @David Shouksmith for the opportunity to own this particular lantern, which I’ve seen Trevor use over a number of years to add to the night-time illumination (and warmth!) of the Fettlers’ Arms at Newark gatherings.

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    Here’s Trevor with his unused ‘cook-top’ Radius 119 on display in the vestibule of his tent at Newark, flanked by his Optimus 200 and Bialaddin bowl fire.

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    These lanterns are prone to stress-cracked collars evidently, which Trevor had mentioned to me one time.

    One of a number of cracks had worked its way right across the collar’s width and I used silbraze, rather than soft solder, for strength to join the break and bond some of the other cracks. The high silver content of the brazing rod I used had the two-fold advantage of blending with the nickel better than a ‘brassier’ rod and it melted at a lower temperature than the latter, so the nickel plate wasn’t burnt off or discoloured.

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    Not perfect, but the collar’s no longer fragile, and installed, it doesn’t mar the overall excellent appearance of the lantern.

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    On the subject of stress cracks, Radius didn’t get it right on the hood either.

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    Fortunately, the cook top holds everything in place, corset-fashion.

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    If I were to indulge in a conspiracy theory (!!!) I could imagine that Radius invented the cook top to salvage otherwise scrap hoods.

    There are surely better ways to heat up coffee or melt snow, not least because a lantern spends at least some of the time hung up, at height, and to reach up for a pot seems inconvenient at best, if not downright hazardous. It’s what Radius made stoves for!

    Some details.

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    The Civil Defence shield.

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    I do like a fuel gauge.

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    Instructions for jet change and air restrictor for use of alcohol as fuel instead of kerosene if desired.

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    The pricker rod arrangement.

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    Love it, and a poignant reminder of a pal I have the fondest of memories of, as do many, many more.

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    John
     
  2. JEFF JOHNSON

    JEFF JOHNSON United Kingdom Subscriber

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    A fine addition to your collection!:thumbup:
     
  3. Walkop Australia

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    Quite an impressive lantern, pity about the stress cracks. Happily it seems they can be repaired without to much bother.
     
  4. Gary Waller

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    Stunning lamp, great post..:thumbup:
     
  5. Tony Press

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    John

    That’s a very special lamp, being one of Trevor’s collection. It has found a good home.

    Cheers

    Tony
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    Excellent post. The stress crack repair job was great.
     
  7. David Shouksmith

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    I'm so glad to see what you've done with Trevor's lantern, John and it's great to see it running again - it was looking decidedly second-hand as found in Trevor's garage storage unit. A great job all-round! :thumbup: :clap: :D/

    Yes, unless you're a fan of uncooked food and/or the enemy were happy for you to declare a hiatus in hostilities whilst you waited for the snow to melt! I can confirm, however, that the cook-tops are excellent for warming up sweet mince pies in their foil containers - as long as you're prepared to wait 10 minutes or so. Deep joy... :D
     
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    Cheers David!

    A word from the man himself. In THIS thread Trevor said,
     
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    Good job and very nice lantern :thumbup:

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  10. Rustytank United States

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    That is a gorgeous lantern. I wish they were more common over here.
     

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