I think it might be possible to reshape the front top corners to give the side panels the look you want. The ignition switch hole might be an issue. I you trace out the panel on a piece of cardboard and tweet it to the shape you want I might show you if it is do-able.
The seat was too long for the Norvil tank. Had it shortened and re-covered in black. Looks good on the bike:
Side panels just don't work despite putting a fair amount of effort and expense into Dzus mounts etc. Had to sand back the panels to fix a crack with fibre glass repair kit. Colours underneath were bronze and green with the last colour orange. I think they've seen the inside of a few paint shops or at least the working end of a few rattle cans.
Thinking about fitting flat panels like the NYC Norton Schoolbus Bike.
70-750, 71-750, Seeley-750 (Titchmarsh frame, Fullauto Head, Maney crank, cases and barrells, FCRs by NYC Norton)
Nice job on the side panels, Joe. That's what I had to do to the Indian-made metal ones I bought, only a vertical cut and a wedge removed from each one. The kid who tig-welded them back together did a great job with zero heat warpage of the metal.
The flipped shifter will take a bit of getting used to. I prefer it that way, 1-down, 3-up. Once you ride it a while, shifting will be easier, it's just fidgety to get used to, as the leverage is limited in that orientation.
Those are really nice A10s (A7s?) that your painter has. I like the scrambler.
GrandPaul author "Old Bikes" too many bikes to list, including: JPN, 952 Prototype, MkIII Interstate, Combat Dunstall, VR880 SS, Triton