Papa's got a brand new bug!

Anything related to Bugs - semi or fully automatic.

Moderators: W5ALT, AC2C

Post Reply
Posts: 33
Joined: Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:10 am
Location: Kansas City

Papa's got a brand new bug!

Post by n3pdt » Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:21 am

Well, I took the plunge and bought a Vibroplex bug from a guy on It's a 1954 Lighting (#185391) and it just arrived today. Man, it is a nice looking key. Just beautiful. His photo of it didn't do it justice. Gray base. Perfect chrome after a little time with a micro fiber cloth.

Gentleman I got it from was second owner, having got it from a now SK friend. Both used it a lot, and obviously took care of it. I'd like to think it has a good home once again.

Only played with it a couple hours so far, but think I'll be able to pick this up with some practice. Need to slow it down a touch, but there's certainly ways of accomplishing that.

Well, back to bug practice.
1954Lightning.jpg (211.73 KiB) Viewed 1650 times

Posts: 124
Joined: Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:11 am
Location: Houston/Austin, Texas

Re: Papa's got a brand new bug!

Post by W5ALT » Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:11 pm

I have an older 1940's vintage equivalent, the Lionel J-36, and it is my favorite key. I also have a TAC Hole in the Wall and a 1959 Vibroplex, but the Lightning bug just feels better. You heard it if we worked in the WES last weekend.

Enjoy it and hope to rag chew one of these days.

Walt, W5ALT

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest