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  1. Got the nos rear light painted an lacquered yesterday just about to start red oxiding the rear wheel
  2. Yep that is what I'm thinking myself Ron doing her true to being an Raf bike it's been really bugging me my dads mentor Cliff when he was in work as an apprentice back in the day was a dam buster gunner he used to wear his tie every day to work used to call my dad son. May he rest in peace. He actually ended up working for dad in the end amazing how things go full circle an he was an amazing guy from what I heard so be cool to honour him to as well as my dads dad my Gramps who was in the ra. You know what this means Ron I'm doomed I'll have to get some of the Japanese stuff sold an get a second one!
  3. Huge progress today got the matt lacquer applied to most of the bike was really hot out with low humidity an the forecast looks really bad for next week so decided to go for it! Seems like it was the right choice. From where she was the other week to where she is now learnt loads on my painting technique with aerosol cans. Just gotta decide on which way I'm going with the tank markings now.
  4. Thanks super6 I've got the decal for the engines census number ready to go on but I've been having an internal dilemma that I'm not paying homage to the chassis' raf history. Really matters to me doing the right thing although I know that's down to interpretation tricky one for sure! I have seen a period picture thanks to one of our members that I could base off an I've got a little theory I'd like to try an confirm hence hunting for any other bike pics potentially from that contract starting with a 9 on the tank. This is all so exciting love researching and learning things. I guess by doing the thread if anyone else in the future wants to find stuff on this contract there will be a resource for it. Was interesting on Robs website that it mentions the late raf bikes retaining the 1" bars which is good as I'm fitting those to mine thanks again to a few of our other members.
  5. Thanks Super 6 that's great!! Was hunting for a copy of that book big help info wise. Thanks for taking the time to type it out for me.
  6. Hi everyone just wondering has anyone ever found out which type roundel they used on the raf bikes mainly the Norton's was it the type c1 with the yellow ring or the type d. Mines a late raf sidecar combo from the 1944 ordered contract s7010 been on the hunt for any pics from this seen one possible which was epic but been hunting for any others if anyone has any tucked away really interested in the tank markings and any other markings they had on the bikes. bit of an internal battle going on in my head at the moment ha! Cheers, Tom
  7. Thanks Chris appreciate that advice. Huge day today Happy with the paint work now that needs about a week to dry and matt itself down like the headlight then its census numbers Norton logos and lacquer speaking of Lacquer I've moved onto testing a few different brands the speedo is with hycote matt 3 coats next to the bare paint. Thanks to everyone for all the advice the paint came out brilliant on the 2nd go.
  8. Chatting about the progress so far on my WD16H and a little bit on what we have found out on her thanks to a few people who I'd be lost without on the wd scene. Every day is a learning day
  9. Thanks Richard really appreciate you taking the time to reply. The headlight shell does seem to be getting way better. Been really enjoying the learning curve. Said to dad a moment ago I'm feeling so much more confident about it now I've got a solid plan. Soon as the next lot of paint arrives on Tuesday I'm gonna get the rest of the bike to the same level as the headlight seems to be far smoother than the tank. Then I'll leave it as you said for week or two. Using aerosol cans in the future I'm hoping to get some propper spray equipment. Good thing is when I tried the oil tank which had the rough finish. With the last of my paint it smoothed out great so that should save on paint as it only took 2 coats. Constantly learning I'm sure in a few years itl be quite fun looking back at the videos an I'll still be learning then no doubt.
  10. Thanks mate yeah I prefer the used look which is probably why it was such a shock to the system seeing how shiny it is. Great news though today I sussed a solid plan out of what I'm going to do now. Using the now scc.2 brown metal plant pot to experiment with some matt and satin lacquer. While at the same time I over painted the sides of the oil tank which were rough as I'd under sprayed them to get it looking matt. Great news is the paint filled in all the dibets and I got the same smooth finish I did on the headlight shell. The tank finish is 7 light coats 2-3 hands distance. Headlight shell is 3 coats hit hard. All got red oxide underneath which is silky smooth by Simoniz Filmed the experiments in the latest video
  11. Had a big breakthrough on my WD16H Norton paint. Be interesting to see what you all prefer thanks to everyone for all the advice. Going to be trying some matt lacquer over the top of a test panel tomorrow.
  12. Spent today trying a few different paint techniques out that are gonna spill over till tomorrow really enjoying the learning process. Got a solid plan of something to try tomorrow so thanks to everyone for all the advice.
  13. Cheers mate I'm the same haha no where near up to everyone elses standards as I'm still learning so I'm going for a lived in look to actually just tried something that really worked something I used on metallic paints in the past but it did take the red out a bit of the colour reminds me of being back in litho print haha!
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