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))
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)
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)
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)
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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And, there is this...