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

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  • 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 1 of 4 , Jan 29, 2009
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      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 2 of 4 , Jan 29, 2009
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        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 3 of 4 , Jan 30, 2009
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          --- 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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