My 1912 tank will soon be painted by Brian Dees at Deespray, and I try to have it done in the most correct way possible. The best pattern at the moment seems to be the 1912 tank on Lewis Onion’s 1914 bike before it was covered up. Photos I have taken of the bike at the Stafford show in April 2009 show purple sides with two relatively wide horisontal silver bands with white pinstripe edges. Top and bottom of the tank is painted black. I am doubtful about the black top and bottom, but it may of course be correct. Does anyone know which are the correct colours and pinstriping and how wide the silver bands should be?
I guess you have looked at the pictures on pages 18-19 of John Underhill’s “Second Scott Selection”? Very helpful regarding the lining, but being black & white they don’t help much with the colours.
The photo of the “new” 1912 machines on the 1911 show stand (see “Made to Limit Gauge” volume A illustration 37), shows machines similar to the photo on page 42 of the “Yowling 2 Stroke”, which appears to be a touched up version of that on page 18 of the “Second Scott Selection”.
However, the photo used in the 1912 catalogue (see “Made to Limit Gauge” volume B illustration 38) was not only taken from a different angle, but shows a tank on which the silver lines are much further apart (the lines may also be slightly narrower), as per Lewis’ machine FH 2949, restored in the 1970’s by the late Keith Rhodes, from a rusting wreck, stored in a damp shed for over 30 years. The petrol tank had lost all of it’s paint, so Keith followed the catalogue photo, interpreting the shaded top & base to be black, in conflict with Stan Greenaway, who chose purple top & base for LU 2198 (see “Yowling 2 Stroke” page 56), albeit with wide spaced silver bands. Confusing isn’t it ?
Have you approached Andrew Marfell ?
I’ve sent you a picture taken from the remains of a 1912 catalogue that will show you the positioning and width of the stripes on the tank. Unfortunately, it is only in black and white.
Many thanks, Martin, David and Dave. All photographs are different, so it is a bit confusing. However, I am leaning towards the lining as it is shown on page 26 of the 1912 Scott catalogue for 1912. It is impossible to see from the catalogue picture whether top and bottom of the tank is painted in a different colour (black). With the orthochromatic film used in those days, black and purple would look identical unless filters were used. Hopefully somebody knows for certain. In the meantime I will lean towards Stan Greenway’s interpretation with purple painted tank from top to bottom.
More information will be received with thanks.