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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!!

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!!!

Thunder Drag Bus – case art preview!

Quick preview of the OKC Thunder buses case art!  Obviously this is the Russell Westbrook (only two of these done) and the Kevin Durant will be similarly styled. 

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Drag Dairy aged metal plus Hot Pink flames!

imageThis one is rare indeed!  One of one creation to say the least!
It started as one of my realistic faux paint textures.  The effect done using four different colors of paints from chrome to black with some pearl silver and galaxy grey layered in and over each other, while using several techniques like dry brushing and literal scrapes…to eventually get a believable look of aged metal.  But…again….its all paint!!
Then I needed something that would contrast this aged metal patina and thought what would be a more stark contrast than HOT PINK!!?  Thus the side flames were born from a two stage custom mix of auto air/wicked colors.
I had to leave it at that point because I thought it might be toooooo much of a contrast.  But eventually warmed up to the combo.
I thought it might need a little more tho and added some chrome-ish flames on roof and nose!
All lights and chutes detailed as well as the rear windows blacked out.
Chassis features white redline rubber tires!  Was disassembled and black washed to bring out more detail and tone done the bright chrome appearance a little.  Wheels also black washed.  Seat/roll cage pretty much stock except a few well placed exacto cuts to remove parts of the steering wheel and roll cage above driver seat.
Body is removeable.  It will also stay attached to chassis when fully closed OR..fully upright position.
The odd mix of colors and patina…really does go well with each other, from body to tires!
Watch for the SALE LINK to be announced soon!!

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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.”

LAST BadBat Two Car SET coming up FOR SALE this WEEKEND!!

GET READY…THE LAST BadBat TWO CAR SET is coming up For SALE THIS WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!badbatSET_display1
Its gonna have a SPECIAL PRICE too.  Likely will go fast!!
This last VW DragBus had some very minor paint defects that I cannot get out, so it either strip it down and start over (which not likely to happen)
~ OR ~
Sell it at a discount..which is what Im going to do.
The imperfections do not detract from the overall look of the bus.  Everything looks like the rest except a few ultra tiny specks on the sides, near flames.  If I didnt tell you about them..you likely would never even notice, because they are that minor.  However, I strive for perfect finishes, like the top and rest of the bus turned out.  But again I hate to strip it for these minor issues…so keep watching for start time.  I will send it to our newsletter subscribers first, then post on the Hot Toy Cars blog and social media pages within an hour of start time.
I dont know if it will go as soon as it listed or remain available for several days?..but the other two sets sold quickly..and THIS is the LAST ONE…so you never can tell.

57 Chevy Classic cast – a work in progress!!!

57 Chevy...in process!!! 57 Chevy..in process!


Here is a process look at one Im doing as part of a special commissioned set.
Its one of the older casts of the 57 chevy..metal body and engine.  Ive added some nice meats from Maisto Pro Rides (note the brake rotors visible behind wheels!)  These things required some pretty extensive modifications to the inside of fender areas and major shaving to the interior piece.  Both have custom solid brass rod axles with Stainless Steel sleeves for best possible rolling.  It was leveled out to a low and a slightly raked stance.
Then I drilled out the side exhaust and all 8 injectors on engine.  Then gave te injectors a 45degree file to appear more like the 50s era.  Ready to start the paint prep stage I believe!