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Have a “Groovie” Halloween!!

New joint venture from Dino of LB Customz and myself!!  I put together some unique designs inspired by one of my fave Saturday Morning cartoons from the 70s…the Groovie Goolies!!!!
Dino is laying down some killer Pearl Purple and hand details, Real Riders and custom Acrylic Display case!!!
Pre Sale only!!!

HERE IS THE LINK!!

KB Kustoms Diecast Retirement – Thank You Fans!!

Its with a great deal of sadness and some trepidation, that I announce my official retirement from custom diecast paint works.

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.

Kevan
KB Kustoms / Hot Toy Cars
7/4/2016

KB Kustoms Farewell Final Run.  Thank You Fans and Customers!!

LAST CHANCE ~ Diehard Dairy Club Car ~ Ordering ENDS 4/9

Hey Guys N Gals…Fans of Dairy Delivery and or killer kustoms!!  lol
Just want to remind you that orders WILL END in just over 24hrs from now!!  So if your looking for a kickin’ kustom Dairy that only a few people will have, ORDER YOURS NOW!  Once deadline is reached, no further orders will be taken for this exclusive offering!
DIEHARD DAIRY DELIVERY COLLECTORS CLUB EDITION ~ RED

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Drag Bus Drawing 2016 – WINNER IS……

20160206_145818.jpg the participants. THANK YOU ALL!!!

OK Folkes….We Have a WINNER!!!
But first….
I want to THANK EVERYONE who participated in this first official HotToyCars drawing.  I wish I could give out a prize to everyone, but you are ALL winners in my book!!
I hope that if there is another drawing in the future, all of you will play again.  Those that had more than one entry will receive the HotToyCars.com decal in the next week.  Or at least they will go out this week.


20160206_145818.jpgI shot a video, which will be uploaded in a couple hours, but, for now….I would like to congratulate…

Gordy Smart, the WINNER of this killer Drag Bus!!!

Thanks again to EVERYONE!!!
Hope you had a good time playing!

Drawing date extended for Drag Bus Offer

Seems that I need to make a call on whether to cancel this drawing due to the minimum number of entries not being attained.  I believe that instead of canceling altogether, I will extend the drawing date one week to allow more possible participants to get their shot at this killer bus.  There WILL BE a drawing one week from today, approximately 3pm CST.  No matter if more entries are purchased or not..the drawing will be held 2/6/16.
Sorry for any inconvienence.
THANKS AND GOOD LUCK!!


Chance to win this drag bus !!
Get your entries HERE in the HTC Shop
– OR –
Send $10 per Entry directly thru paypal * HERE *
(PLEASE be sure to add “Drag Bus drawing entry” in the notes if sending direct.)


 

 

 

WIN THIS DRAG BUS!!! Limited entries available!

Ok…as you may already know..(or not..lol)..
Ive got a little offer for those of you willing to take a little chance.
You could win this KILLER ALL PAINT 1 of 2 Custom Drag Bus!!
Chance to win this drag bus !!
And it could be yours for as little as TEN BUCKS!!!!
Thats right, I said $10.


 

http://hottoycars.com/wp/product/raffle-item-custom-candy-fade-tribal-flame-vw-bus-pearl-blue-fade-one-entry/


 

Yes its possible you wont win anything, thus the gamble…but, its not everyday (if ever) you can get a piece of this quality for such a price, so, just let that sink in for a minute…click the link and look over the pics and description of the bus, and read the rules and exclusions (aka..fine print)..then make your decision.
Now….know that the drawing will be held this coming saturday, and there are a LIMITED number of entries being made available, so if you want to play…dont wait too long!!!  Once the entries are sold, thats it..no more will be made available.  Ive had a few of these raffles in the last few years, and most of them did sell out.  This is the first promotion of this kind Ive done via the newer Hot Toy Cars.com site tho.
Also, for those purchasing 2 or more entries, you WILL at the very least receive a large HotToyCars.com vinyl decal!!
Oh and even my friends outside the US are welcome for this event, but, will be responsible for additional charge to cover shipping.

So go get yourself an entry or two and have fun participating!!!

First flame layer on Thunder buses-wip

FINALLY!!
GEEZ…didnt think I was ever gonna get a chance to work on these again!
Between health issues and car stranding me then subsequent diagnosis/repair that have been plaguing me recently…I just did not know if I would make headway on these again.  But here is a rare shot of the first flame licks.  Now keep in mind, everything under the masked areas will be black.  Ive lightly sprayed a custom pearl blue over the top then added first flames in custom medium metallic grey.  Next layer will be brighter silver or chrome.  Then I’ll unmask and coat with candy blue…or thats the plan right now. 
Have to work in the wee hours because of the heat here lately too.  But..thats the least of the hurdles of late. 
Anyway..enough whining..lol..more painting!
Hope to have these and more done this week..we will see!

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Process Shots : Blue Blazes FIRE!!

How about a rare peek at my Blue Blazes FIRE technique??

Ok…you got it! lol
STEP 1 ~ loose fire added and coated with candy blue.
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This layer is the first one and is eventually going to be more of a glow or background when subsequent layers are applied. So it is done loosely, mostly freehand with the nozzle of the airbrush tilted at a 45 degree angle, blowing towards the rear of the casting.

STEP 2 ~ Starting to add tighter, more defined fire licks.
Blue Blazess fire STEP 2
Now I begin adding tighter defined licks with a mixture of AutoAir Wicked detail White, Transparent Base and High Performance reducer.  Its almost a milky looking liquid.  2 drops of Detail Blue wicked is added to the mix when in airbrush.  I am using a Badger Sotar for this step and HotDawg stencil from FlameMasks.com to create the fire licks.

STEP 3 ~ More licks added.
Blue Blazes Fire process for 1/64th scale.  Step 3
Adding more fire licks.  Notice these licks generally are inside the confines of the first layer but do not follow it completely.  The first layer also acts as a “road map” of where the fire will go on in subsequent layers..

STEP 4 ~ Fire licks of layer 2 are completed.
Blue Blazes Fire 1/64th scale technique in process - step 4
And the last of this layers fire licks are done.  Notice these licks while more defined than the previous layer, are still a bit wide and loose.  This is how each layer should progress.  Each layer becoming tighter and more defined than the last while still not following the same paths exactly.

STEP 5 ~ Erasing and defining the licks.
Blue Blazes FIRE 1/64th scale technique ~ Stewp 5
I used a trans parent black to define and “erase” unwanted licks or areas of the 2nd layer fire licks.  This should be done with care.

STEP 6 ~ 2nd Layer completed with a few coats of candy blue.
Blue Blazes FIRE 1/64th scale technique - step 6
This is the final step for the second layer of fire. Candy blue is applied in several light layers fading from dark to very light towards the front. More layers of candy are applied at the rear than the front, creating a fade in the color.
More layers will be added (usually about 5 to 6 total} after this. Each getting more and more defined than the previous layers. The final two layers should be adding a lot less new licks, but rather add to existing licks. Thise should be small areas where the fire would be the most “hot” if it were really burning. In the last couple layers, remember the old saying “Less..is MORE.”

BadBat – 1st pair DONE!!!

imageFinally!!  Got the first set complete and will be in the store asap..but if you are interested in purchase…hit me up because they may go fast. Limited number available and it might be a few days.before I get the next set done.

Upgraded the Hosting Server – A little downtime

Some of you may have noticed the site was down or experienced some failed logins or page loads today.
** SORRY **

But Ive finally got everything back to functional I believe.
I had to upgrade the hosting server to a newer, faster and better (so Im told! lol) machine, which entailed moving the site from one machine to another and there were a few bumps along the way.
If anyone experiences any problems from this point on, please post or message on the Facebook Fan Page to give me a headz up.
THANKS..now maybe I can get something painted!!!