First, before I go any further, I would like to say thanks to all my customers, fans, and friends for all the support and love over the years! Painting custom diecast has made it possible for me to meet a LOT of GREAT people and share momentous experiences with friends from all over the world. Those friends and memories are something I will never forget and will forever be honored to be a part of.
I am announcing this change now, but in reality, this has been coming for quite a long time. Ive not done any new paint work of my own since sometime early in November of 2015. I have since worked on some in process work, but thats all as far as my own paint productions. I have worked on occasion, in a designer capacity, with my good friend Dino from LB Customz (and plan on doing more designs for Dino in the future) but several things have gotten in my way and caused a block in my own productivity.
My wifes health, since her cancer diagnosis in 2013, has been my primary focus during her battle with the disease and its treatment. That has been perhaps the biggest factor and left very little time, also made it difficult to have inspiration to perform the paint work at the level I want and am known for. My own health has also been a major factor in this. I suffered my forth heart attack in April of 2016, and really, most of the time, its all I can to to focus on my wife’s and my own disabilities from our respective health problems. We havent given up by a long shot and do not intend to do so by any means…however…the stark reality is that normal tasks are now more difficult, take more effort, and sometimes are not possible as they were just a short time ago.
Unfortunately, I didnt realize just how much physical and mental effort it took to perform the paint work on such a small surface area. I have always just did whatever it took and most of the time it just sort of “flowed” when doing these tiny works of art. But over the last few years, it has become increasingly more laborious and taxing to complete diecast paint art works. In addition, the overall custom diecast market has been waning for a couple years now..and after 17 years of painting diecast, so is my passion. I just do not enjoy doing it as I once did and the monetary compensation is simply not enough anymore. As such, I believe it is time to pull the plug so to speak and move on to something that will better fit my situation and its restrictions.
I am truly sorry for the delays in a few very delinquent special orders that unfortunately have fallen into this trap of health and drive issues. Ive been trying as best I as can but, its just had to take a second spot to my wifes needs, not to mention my own at times. I have been working on and do fully intend on completing the orders that are overdue. As well as a couple commitments for charity auctions at upcoming conventions and hopefully, a small lot of “Final Run” KB Kustoms. Then however, I intend to indefinitely discontinue my own paint work on diecast pieces. As time allows, I do plan to continue working with Dino, doing designs in a collaborative position.
Thanks you so much!! Ive had a great time doing these Hot Toy Cars! But, its time I move on to something else and continue caring for my wife and self. I very much appreciate your consideration and patience in the transitional period. Watch for the final run cars and my future design works with Dino, which will be posted and sold here on Hot Toy Cars.
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8 thoughts on “KB Kustoms Diecast Retirement – Thank You Fans!!”
Sorry to hear your news Kevan, but having been through a similar experience over the past 6 years I can truely understand your reasoning. Good luck to you and your wife.
I’m so very sorry to hear of all the health issues your wife and yourself have been having. I do completely understand your passion fading but it’s still with a lot of sadness that I learn of it. You have been such an inspiration to so many and your absence in the custom die cast world will leave a void that simply can not be filled by anyone else. I pray and sincerely hope your wife’s as well as your health issues takes a turn for the better. I will always fondly remember our time spent together on kbkustoms.com. Of course I will always cherish your works of art that I am the proud owner of. I sincerely hope life takes you down a path that will lead to happiness and passion in whatever form it takes. May God Bless you and your wonderful wife. I’ll say so long for now my good friend until later when we meet up again. Take care Kevan and know you will always be in my heart.
Your artwork will be missed, but family always comes first.
Thanks Barb! I will surely miss it eventually, but its just time for a change. I cherish many memories of the people Ive met through the diecast hobby and you are certainly one of the best!!
Thank you Scott! Its a scarey thing for me..hard to come to this decision. I remember a ton of great times with lots of people through the website alone, you being one of the most memorable. Ive rolled with the changes a few times, but, its just “time”…for a change. I will never forget the old place, nor the hundreds of members..its really been good for the most part. Thanks for the heart felt response here my friend and your patronage over the years. Happy to have been a part of your experience too.
Kev, you inspired me over the Years. I went silent a few years back but just thought of you and the site and saw this announcement. Blessings to you and your wife
Hey Kev! Very sorry to hear of your situation. Just wanted to let you know that your work will be greatly missed. Also wanted to let you know that between you and Sheri the two of you were the ones that really inspired me to get started in the custom die cast scene. Thank you for what you have done for me and will be keeping an eye open for anything that you have coming up with Dino or who ever elase. Good luck my friend. Dave “DetaIman”
I am so sorry to read about both you and you’re wife health problems.
I haven’t been around for a while due to life but it would be great to speak to you at some point. I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.