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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!!

Wicked Tribal VW Bus – #2 in series – Candy Red-Black Cherry plus FLAMES!

WickTribDB_red_gold_prvw1Just put this one up FOR SALE in the shop!!
See more pics and description too!!
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Here is a peek of the second Wicked Tribal VW Drag Bus to become available…sooon!!
Sometime this weekend…look for it here in the HotToyCars Shop!!
Or you can always hit me up before then.
Candy Red tribal designs with Black Cherry Pearl main color.
Side is done in two tone and…
the nose and roof have a few layers of Candy Pagan Gold FLAMES!!
Detailed lights and logo…white letter tires with RRs up front and sanded tread rear tires.  Mounted in custom acrylic display case, fitted foam inserts and signed box!


 

 

PEEK!! Wicked Tribal VW Drag Bus..x3

wpid-2014-09-23-15.58.26.jpg.jpegWell Ive shown one pic of theses and at the time I figured there would be some changes..lol..I was right!! 😉
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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Got Nitro? Hot wheels Drag Dairy tru fire by KB

Got Nitro 1 0f 1 Real Fire Hot Wheels Drag Dairy by KB KustomsDid this one earlier this year.   Its quite the casting I must say!
All paint…by hand.  Airbrushed even the “got nitro” on top. Its got a really cool color change effect too.  I lost count of how many layers of real fire went on this thing, but I can tell you it was a lot!
New tires with yellow stripe sidewalls added.  Also did a lot of black wash detail on chassis.  Added a custom display case with nostalgic KB logo and mounted to case.
One of one here and it has been adopted already but I thought you might enjoy a little look!


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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

 

Greater OKC Hot Wheels Show – July 2014

Im really happy about our local clubs shows here in Oklahoma City..they just seem to get better and more fun each time they roll around!  Its an early wake up call for us Night Owls, but well worth it!

Below are a few pics of the show/sale on 7-26-14…this is about half of the vendor space as it spilled out well in the main hallway too.  LOTS of great deals on great diecast from multiple brands.
Visit Greater Oklahoma City Hot Wheels website
or
check them out on Facebook for the next show date.

There is also a video I put together below which chronicles the fun we had as well as the winners of the drawing we had for some rare OKC Club cars.  I added a little twist here and there..lol


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KBs GHOST Signature Series 67 Camaros!!

KB Kustoms GHOST Signature Series 67 Camaros!


Here comes an extremely limited 100% PAINT Series of Hot Wheels 67 Camaro castings!
KBs 100% PAINT ghosted logo, pearly flamed 67 Camaro Signature Series!

  • All paint, multiple PEARL Fades for BOTH flames and body colors
  • KB logo GHOST Signature on all rear decks!
  • Real Rider Redline tires on chrome mags.
  • Detailed engines.
  • Black washed grills
  • Black out tail light area
  • Detailed Tail lights
  • Rivet look machine screw reassembly
  • Custom matching re-sealable clamshell blister packaging
  • FIVE Majyk Blue Pearl to Passion Purple Pearl fade
    w/Yellow to Orange Pearl Custom mix flames!
  • TWO “chase” versions in scratch mixed Ice Blue Pearl fade
    w/medium Blue to Purple custom mixed pearl flames

Now On Sale!!>  Regular 1 of 5 editions

$70.00Read more

Sorry, Sold Out!>Chase 1 of 2 editions are Sold Out

KBs Dark Bio Blown Delivery

Here is a little short video I did for the DarkBio Blown Delivery!
Alice Cooper sets the mood too!!  This thing is 100% HAND PAINTED btw!!
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SPECIAL offer Coupon from Hot Toy Cars!!

So, those Exclusive KB Kustoms Licensed DiecastSpace.com Vegas Convention cars are available at www.AirbrushDiecast.com and you would loooooove to get one or two but finances gotcha down?
Hot Toy Cars is here to help!!

Until the end of March, use the following exclusive code when checking out at AirbrushDiecast.com with any of the DCS Vegas Convention licensed event cars…and take advantage of a nice 15% off regular price!!!


Special code (enter during check out)

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KBs Double Candied 49 Merc

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Heres a quick look at a reeeeeally killer led sled Ive just put together (finally). Its a 100% 49 Merc with double candied fade and flames, plus some Majik Blue Pearl licks that were shot, and remasked with a slight offset making some licks appear to have a slight highlight or shadow (depending on available light). A base of candy gold, tangerine, red, violet, to blue candy fade was used for the roof and upper side flames, which were masked and a SECOND (altho light) candy fade was applied..giving it that ‘double’ candied look.
KB Kustoms Double Candy Flamed 49 Merc!
The body received a side window post removal as its only major change (and even thats subtle!). This one was a pain however due to the ‘real’ tail and head lights used in the original version. The headlights could not be removed without destroying them, but the tail lights were saved and reapplied after MUCH (and I DO mean ALOT!) aggrevation due to their size. I actually lost one and had to steal a replacement from another stock cast..but thats ok..when I do that one, it WONT be needing the stock lights! 👿
KB Kustoms Double Candy 49 MercIF I had not been so happy with the way the paint had turned out..at one point, I woulda just forgot about using the tail lights and started over, filling in/remolding the rear lights area entirely. But..eventually..they made it. Im not totally happy with how far they protrude, but, this is it, and honestly..the paint more than makes up for that!
OH..the front lights are brass brads with the heads machined down to size for the lamps to fit with a slight ‘frenched in’ look.

Here is the official store item link where you will find larger pics and of course have an opportunity to adopt this piece.


>> KB STORE ARCHIVE <<


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