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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!!

Peek! – SpectraFlame blue Passion..Candy Flamed!

Coming up soooooon!  Spectraflame Deep Blue passion/merc with two layers & colors of candy flames!  Detailed base..head AND tail lights painted on..white wall RR’s!

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KBs Snakeskin Merc-Passion ONE of ONE!

Heres a one of one from 2010, a Merc from Hot Wheels (well, ok they call it Purple Passion..lol) ..but…its definitely NOT “stock” nor is it picked fresh from the toy aisle pegs at your local WalMart!

No my friends this one was heavily modified altho seeing the finished product is deceiving.  There is the most obvious mod of the rear “bumper” removal and rolled pan effect while leaving the fenders at same length..kinda like extended “fins” or something!
The inside is the big mod here, to get the lowered stance you see, while still being able to roll properly with the Johnny Lightning Chrome Baby Moon wheels and thin white wall tires, which are much taller than the original HW 5pk rollers.  A lot of strategic removal of material in key areas of both the inner body and interior piece, plus leveling of the newly installed stainless steel sleeved axles…seriously…its a little tricky and time consuming!

Paint…..theres another animal entirely!
After all the body work and priming was completed, AutoAir Sealer Dark was applied and the topcoats then came along starting with a Black Pearl.  Next I added masking to the sides lower rear and around the top fender body line.  Then a mix of pearl Silver and Alclad Chrome was used to add the base for the candy red main color.  On the sides however, I used a special SnakeSkin stencil to get that scaled look.  Several coats of candy red were applied after remving the side maskings and allowed to dry, then the Candy Pagan Gold  flames were added in multiple layer style over the nose, top, and sides.
Detailed Headlights, two color tail lights, grill black washed, and then automotive Urethane Clear was shot on and finally it was color sanded and hand polished for the final gloss look that rivals any real size show car!
This One of One piece is one of my favorites from the past..hope you enjoy.

 

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

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