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Green bug-Is it a Lightning bug or a Bunnell?

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  • qrpcwguy
    I have seen two bugs like this one. It is missing the name plate under the arm. The paint is textured green. I have posted it s photo and a Bunnell that
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 29, 2009
      I have seen two bugs like this one. It is missing the name plate under
      the arm. The paint is textured green. I have posted it's photo and a
      Bunnell that looks like it under photos (N4HNO). Any ideas? The
      knurled nuts don't look original but most of it seems to be.
    • John Snell / G0RDO
      Hello there. I would guess that the green base bug is a Lionel J36. (Made during WW2 - basically a Vibroplex Lightning made under licence by the Lionel Co)
      Message 2 of 4 , Jan 29, 2009
        Hello there. I would guess that the green base bug is a Lionel J36.
        (Made during WW2 - basically a Vibroplex Lightning made under licence by the
        Lionel Co)

        Cheerio from John Snell. / G0RDO
        www.morsemad.com
      • Bill
        There is a picture of the Bunnell J-36 bug on the history page of J.H. Bunnell at: http://www.jhbunnell.com/bunnellcohistory.shtml Notice the different damper.
        Message 3 of 4 , Jan 29, 2009
          There is a picture of the Bunnell J-36 bug on the history page of J.H.
          Bunnell at: http://www.jhbunnell.com/bunnellcohistory.shtml

          Notice the different damper.

          When I was in the Air Force, way too many years ago, I knew one op that
          had a yellow standard. It was a high quality refinish job - not just a
          spray can quickie. The key had been a gift, but in the haze of the
          years I have forgotten why the yellow color.

          That being said, could this green (doesn't look green in the picture)
          have been a refinish job?

          Bill www.radiotelegraphy.net
        • qrpcwguy
          ... I think it might be refinished. However, I saw one sell on ebay last week from a guy in New Zeeland that had the same blue-green color. On the bottom
          Message 4 of 4 , Jan 30, 2009
            --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "Bill" <w2blc@...> wrote:
            >
            > There is a picture of the Bunnell J-36 bug on the history page of J.H.
            > Bunnell at: http://www.jhbunnell.com/bunnellcohistory.shtml
            >
            > Notice the different damper.
            >
            > When I was in the Air Force, way too many years ago, I knew one op that
            > had a yellow standard. It was a high quality refinish job - not just a
            > spray can quickie. The key had been a gift, but in the haze of the
            > years I have forgotten why the yellow color.
            >
            > That being said, could this green (doesn't look green in the picture)
            > have been a refinish job?
            >
            > Bill www.radiotelegraphy.net
            >


            I think it might be refinished. However, I saw one sell on ebay last
            week from a guy in New Zeeland that had the same blue-green color. On
            the bottom view of his bug the paint didn't cover everything and you
            could see crackle black with a stamped logo or number that looked
            military. I will try to post the image I grabbed from ebay to the
            N4HNO folder. The grayish Bunnell in that folder looks alot like
            mine, but I know many companies made them during the war. I thought I
            read somewhere that Vibroplex employees sometimes had custom colors.
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