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Flames - Did I get it right? TRUTHFULLY!!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by xlr8er, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. xlr8er
    Joined: Jun 26, 2010
    Posts: 136


    Hi All,

    We're building a Model A hot rod and I wanted flames on it. I read in another thread that flames are sometimes difficult because of so many variables (style, shape, color). That got me to thinking.... Did I get it right?

    We tried several different designs but ended up with what you see here. The flames end before the door edge meets the rear quarter panel because there is no door jam on an A and a 'step' would be created if they extended farther back on the car.

    So here's the question. TRUTHFULLY - What do you think? I'm a big boy now. I can take rejection... I'm sure if I ask for 10 opinions, I'll get 10 different answers. That's OK!! I'm pretty sure that's why there's red and green in this world.

    Thanks for your opinions!!

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  2. 37cevy4dr
    Joined: Nov 21, 2010
    Posts: 31

    from Louisiana

    I think they look great! I love the traditional "graphic" flames. The only thing I would have changed is to have the tips cross over each other, just my opinion and like noses everyone has one. Really like the shading good job.
  3. larry woods
    Joined: Jan 20, 2010
    Posts: 566

    larry woods
    from venice fl

    when i was 16 (1958) i would have thought you nailed them, 53 years later i still like your flames, except i personally no longer like them on any before '49.
  4. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,447


    Look good...flames are a very subjective thing...much like the color of the car (I hate blak and red, BTW), but it's your car so do your thing...

    The flames you have look good on the car...ya dunn good...!!!


  5. luckyuhaul
    Joined: Jul 11, 2005
    Posts: 182


    They look great on your car, I'd say they look pretty damn good!
  6. Crossing over is a no-no as far as flames go. I prefer single color flames,but it doesn't look bad.
  7. stubbsrodandcustom
    Joined: Dec 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,375

    from Spring tx

    Looks good... and they are how you like em... I like 2 over style but yours turned out real good and as long as you like it thats all that matters...
  8. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792


    That's how I like them. I like a gradual color fade. I hate when I see them done and the colors have a definate border to them. As stated previous, having them cross over would have been a bonus, but they still look sweet the way they are. Two thumbs up!
  9. "T'RANTULA"
    Joined: Aug 6, 2011
    Posts: 662

    from Ohio

    they look great to me!! :D
  10. brad2v
    Joined: Jun 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,648


    I'll jump on the positive comment bandwagon. I think they look fantastic.
  11. honeyman
    Joined: May 24, 2010
    Posts: 330

    from Steiner

    Like 'em too, nice color fade, at least from THIS distance...
  12. cederholm
    Joined: May 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,621


    I like them! ...and a great looking car in general.
  13. I'll give it a thumbs up too. You dont have much room to work with, so for the space did really good.
  14. Michael Pukash
    Joined: Mar 1, 2006
    Posts: 256

    Michael Pukash

    I think that look great!
  15. modelacitizen
    Joined: Jun 24, 2006
    Posts: 877


    it's been a looong time since I've seen flames that I like on any type of hot rod. These really are nice. perfectly understated.
  16. mmmm I think you need some practice.... I can supply some donor cars... when can I bring my 39 and 35 over ?

    very nice job
  17. Doctor Detroit
    Joined: Aug 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,019

    Doctor Detroit

    I'm going to split hairs here, only because you asked for it. If I were walking by your car I'd think "Hey, nice flames". Overall on a scale of 1-10, I'd give your flames about a 7.0. Achieving above a 9 is nearly impossible, as far as I'm concerned. Very few cars have flawless flames. I think your flames add to the vehicle, versus some awful flame jobs that take away from the vehicle. I might like them a little better if the flames transition from yellow-orange-red (without blue) and were pinstriped in blue. The shape is pretty good, thought I noticed the top is a little different than the bottom two because it's longer and narrower. I might have tried to get five flames in the same space you put three. I don't know if there's a "Perfect Flames Theory" thread on HAMB, but I could go on and on about what I think makes some flames better than others. Perhaps it's because I have a strong engineering and art background. Overall, your flames are a job well done.
  18. Hey,buddy.... Get to the end of the line! ;)

    They look great!
  19. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,632

    from Hypocrisy

    Yup, you got 'em right!
  20. Jimm56
    Joined: Aug 27, 2010
    Posts: 170


    Nicely done. Personally I would have had a couple of tips cross and the lowest tier go on a little longer, with the top row a little shorter, so the tips create a sort of diagonal line.
    The important thing is that YOU like them and are happy with them.
  21. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 10,124

    from Burton, MI

    Yeah.....dig it.
  22. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    I'd say you did pretty well. You obviously like that style of flame on a hot rod so if we're judging you on how well you achieved that style I'd say you did pretty good.

    I never thought I would like "new style" licks on a hot rod as most of the time it comes off a bit street roddy but I have been drawn into this one on more then one occasion and I'd say you're in the same league. Well done!

  23. kiwi55
    Joined: Dec 30, 2008
    Posts: 9


  24. riseabove_xxx
    Joined: Dec 3, 2010
    Posts: 217

    from Michigan

  25. 117harv
    Joined: Nov 12, 2009
    Posts: 6,590


    I tend to like them longer on the bottom and shorter as they go up, also thin like you did them.

    The flames and car look great, nice job...the bottom one on the other side is a little longer though:eek::D
  26. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 6,341


    I've done a few flame jobs, though it has been years.

    I don't like most flame jobs I see at shows.

    I do like yours. Very nice, not too timid and not too over-the-top, interesting and uncommon color fade. Just right.
  27. leadsledmerc49
    Joined: Jul 25, 2010
    Posts: 106


    The shape and color fading is spot on. I personally don't like the blue tips but that is just me being picky. Nice job!!!
  28. autobodyed
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,943

    from shelton ct

    i think you did just fine.
  29. Sir Woosh
    Joined: Dec 1, 2008
    Posts: 2,273

    Sir Woosh

    Oh oh, I'm in trouble with Bad Bob for the overlap I do.
    But from another fan of flames, I like them.

  30. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,688

    from vail az

    Well son, if ya study real hard and work at it and practice long hours and eat all your veggies and clean up your room and do what your Mother tells you, you might make something of yourself one day.
    Other than that,,,,DAYUM FINE JOB.

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