All the government contract bugs that I ve seen were black base Lightning Bug type models made by either Vibroplex, Lionel, or Bunnell. I ve never seen aMessage 1 of 7 , Mar 31, 2007View SourceAll the government contract bugs that I've seen were black base Lightning Bug type models made by either Vibroplex, Lionel, or Bunnell.
I've never seen a deluxe bug made by Lionel! I would suspect highly that it was modified to use the deluxe parts after manufaccture. That was easy enough - since the parts were interchangable with Vibroplex so someone just took out the standard pin, and put a deluxe jeweled pin, and changed the two cups.
I have a WW2 Deluxe Lightning Bug - I think it has a grey base but it has red fingerpieces (which were used only on deluxe models) and the grounding pig tail copper braid that connects the frame to the main lever - the early jewles didn't conduct well enough to carry high currents.
David N1EAOn 3/31/07, P. Grover Cleveland <clevelandg@...> wrote:
Thank you David for clarifying that WW2 Deluxe bug question. I
wondered what bug I had since it is both "jeweled" and yet carrying a
Lionel label. Why would the government want a "deluxe" version of that
--- In email@example.com, "David Ring" <n1ea@...> wrote:
> You basically have a World War 2 Deluxe.
> Deluxe refers mostly to the trunnion assembly - the Deluxe models had
> synthetic jewels in a cup on the end of the trunnion screws which
> elbow rounded end of the main lever pin. The Standard models used
> sharpened metal point with fit into a hollow cup.
> The WW2 Deluxe models had all the deluxe parts - but were painted
> chrome was rationed durng the war. They also still had the top
> screw - which Vibroplex later eliminated because prying fingers would
> tighten up on them and break the jewels. They filled the hole with
> decorative plastic piece - which many incorrectly call a jewel.