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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!!

BadBat-mobiles done and almost ready to go!!

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I finally got all the BadBat-mobiles completed.
There will be at least TWO available as SINGLE purchase.
These will have special clamshell packaging.
Heres a couple pics of final product.
Watch for the sale link today/tonight!!

 

What in the BLUE BLAZES? In Process

These are not ready to fly yet but thought I’d give you a peek at the EARLY stages of my “blue blazes” realistic fire technique on 1/64th scale.  Custome mixed pale blue for the base color flames followed with candy blue and red for a slightly darker fade.  All airbrushed with combinations of my Hot Dawg..Kb Fire 2…and tradition flame stencils.
The willys is getting its SECOND layer of fire licks while all others are shown in the first application layer.
More to come soon.

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

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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!


 

Greater Okc diecast show today!

Greater OKC Hot Wheels Show 10-25-14

Had a great time at the show today…tons of great deals! Heres a special commission 67 camaro two car set..all paint 1 of 1s.

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Greater OKC Hot Wheels Show 10-25-14

Wicked Tribal VW Drag Bus Series- BLACK GOLD Edition!

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I did THREE VW Drag Buses with this Wicked Tribal Graphic set,
EACH ONE however was given its own unique Paint Scheme, thus is really more like a “One of One” that a series car…or maybe its the best of both worlds!!  Either way, these are all killer pieces!
Here is the one have dubbed “Black Gold Pearl” obviously for its sparkling paint which has a slight shift, showing more black than gold in some lights.  Really nice!  There were four different types of gold and gold pearls custom mixed and used in various ways to create the unique fades of golden tones. All PAINT!!  Detailed lights and logo too!

Please See the HTC Shop Item
for more pics and in depth information..and if its not too late, you can add to your collection while your there!!

Only ONE Black Gold Edition was made, so when its gone, its gone!

Aged Metal RIPPED Evo GT — DONE!!

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OK Folkes…here are the final pics of the Aged Metal RIPPED EVO GT that Ive been showing you the paint in process pics of. (CLICK HERE for WIP articles)
This thing is all paint except for the lights which are high quality metallic ink and custom made.
I also used nearly all waterbased “Wicked Color” from Createx. The only exception is intercoat and final urethane automotive clears and also alclad chrome for the base color of the metal layer prior to the aging process. I did a LOT of work with a “hairy stick” (aka paint brush..lol) on this one. Nearly all the ripped effect “ripples” shadow effects were done with wicked and auto air colors and transparent base all mixed on a pallet to achieve the right hue and transparency. The silver pearl around the edges gives a natural highlight and shadow effect which similates a freshly torn metal edge nicely. Shadows to the rips complete the look, appearing to be raised above the aged metal surface.
One OF ONE!! Hand signed on wing, incorporated into a rip.
SORRY, this one IS SOLD!!

PEEK!! Wicked Tribal VW Drag Bus..x3

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There will be THREE of these but each one will be DIFFERENT…thus effectively, all are “1 of 1”.
Im adding details now and hope to have them cleared tonight.
Here are some pics to get ya started!
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Aged metal ripped Evo GT-Last look before final clear!

Aged metal Ripped Evo GT - Hot Toy CarsSo….here are the last wip pics. Its just gotten its last intercoat clear to seal up final details and the lights..now its in line for final clear process. Wont be long before its ready for sale! Notice the signature on wing..hand painted. In fact the only things “not” hand painted are the lights. But even those are ultra high quality metallic ink decals!image
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Greater OKC Hot Wheels -Labor Day Show!!


Post from Aaron Mills

The Labor Day show is less than a week away if you have not reserved yo tables yet, well your screwed…. We are at 52, we will be raffling off the Final Drag Bus customized by our very own world famous Kevan Bence and some other stuff, so Come One, Come All. Oh yea bring some spending moolah and trade bait…..the show will be at the Crown Center 13300 S. Western OKC, OK. 73170

via Greater OKC Hot Wheels Association. Facebook Group
www.greaterokchotwheels.com website


Thanks for the compliments there Aaron!!
I will be there with some cool customs and Hot Toy Cars decals so stop in…its a great place to feed your diecast hunger pangs!!!  Cool stuff you likely wont see on the pegs at Walmart!
Here is a sample of the show if you havent seen it yet…we have fun!!! lol