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850 FireFlake Blue #726619 02/24/2018 2:12 AM
by Rohan
We've all seen these glitzy fireflake blue commando's.
And I want that scheme for an 850, a Roadster.
As shown in the brochure - although this is a Mk 1A, not a Mk 1
(both types were being built together at some stage - they were variants, not a progression))
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The only official colour charts to show what was available for 1973 are earlier ones,
this one being for 1970. (Anyone got a 1973 or 1974 example ?, they seem like hens teeth)

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Tricky to find oem paint bikes though, in anything remotely like oem condition.
Or at all really.
That blue metalflake paint doesn't survive well in use ?
Or owners strip it off and make it black & gold ?

When I went hunting for something to get a paint match off, this is what turned up.
An oem sidecover, still in its shipping carton. 06-3504/4 Steel FFBlue sidecover, no decals or pinstripes
(pinstriped and decalled is a different part number)

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So then I went hunting the coloured flakes to make it thus, and this is the match I found.
(The stirring stick is the basecoat colour used on this sidecover)
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Hmmm, this is quite a lighter shade of blue than the regular restored Commandos in Fireflake Blue.
What is going on. ? Is FireFlake Royal Blue different to Fireflake Blue
More on this...

Edit, sometime later.
I tried an attempt at a Fireflake Blue some years back, before I knew precisely that FireFlake Blue was colored flakes.

Paint shop did a blue lacquer with silver flakes.
Not that different to Fireflake Blue, but it just doesn't have that sparkle when viewed in the sunlight.
Tank developed a pinhole/rusthole while this was in process, which I welded up.
And then more pinholes appeared, so I shelved it. Time to resurrect it. ?
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Re: 850 FireFlake Blue #803359 Mar 30th a 12:16 AM
by Rohan
Thanks. I'll look into it.

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