Do a GOOGLE Image search for a 1970 BSA Lightning....you'll get lots of pics. My 1969 BSA Firebird has original diecast metal badges with raised rays that are plated with a gold type finish. A clear red tinted paint is used eith the BSA logo painted white. Then a clear coat is applied to the entire badge.
These are the decals at the correct size ( some side panel decals are much larger and are wrong) The correct blue is flamboyant aircraft blue, which is a candy paint. This was Peugeot Miami blue emy53e code.
I think the blue was only for west coast bikes.
The other option was flamboyant red candy. Again both have a silver base paint. The depth of colour is down to how many coats of paint you apply. I've painted my A65 and bantam in the same paint but applied twice as many coats of red to the bantam to give it a deeper colour.
These decals came from classic transfers and are spot on in quality.
I just posted some pictures of the tank badges I've recently given a makeover. I used red Revel translucent enamel paint that you'll find in a plastic model shop. I think they use it to simulate brake lights. The white I did with some 2 pack K&B old formula epoxy paint I have from my model airplane stock of paints. No flash techniques. Just decent fine hair brushes and a bit of care. The gold had pretty much all faded back to more of a straight chrome but they look pretty good. I'm letting both the paints cure well and truly before giving them a first a mist coat and following it up when that's dry with a flow coat of 2 pack clear K&B. Here they are prior to the final 2 pack.
Current: 2 x 1966 A65S, 1 x 1967 A65SA, 1 x 69/70? A65LA space Y, 1 X D14/4 & 1 x B175 Past: 4 x 1976 T160V, 1 74/5 T150V, 83 model GSX 750 ESD, Z650, Katana 1100(Bathurst Model), 79 T140V, 70's TR6, 2 x 1971 BSA 250 Gold Stars, 50's 350 Goldie, A65 Spitfire semi basket case, 1965/6? A65 LC, Tiger 21 350 & a D14/4 Bantam, 175 Bridgestone Twin with Zimmerman discs!
My father in law just learned how to do gold leaf for the stripes on his Vincent tank, so i'm all keen to have a crack also with the gold sections of the BSA badge.
I'll post up the results when I get it right.....
I decided to have a play and see how they came up with the paints I had on hand and I'm not disappointed. I was thinking about going the whole hog and buying a pair of tank badges from Burtons in the UK, they work out at a reasonable Aussie $58 or 30 a side plus shipping. Here's a pic, there's some real bling here! No messing around with the gold for these, just have to paint them and as I say, that's not too hard I'd even dig out the airbrush for the outer star burst pattern. Then again I'm playing with Spitfires and will likely sell the scolloped Lightning/Firebird tank that uses the badges go once I've decided on which bike I'll keep. I'm going to have to re coupe some of the funds the MK 2 is gulping up at the moment.