Welcome To Hot World Customs

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Welcome to UPDATED Hot World Customs and our new site!! 

We are excited for the re-launch of the historical information as well as new articles and features. We are hoping the new format will simplfy visitor use and offer the opportunity for viewers to post as well. Thanks for your patience waiting for the past few years. If you are interested in contributing to the site, please reach out.   We are looking for all sorts of topics, how-to’s and informational posts for the site.   We might even be able to assign a topic if interested in contributing but are unsure of a topic.

How I Make Stretched Hot Wheels

-How I Make Stretched Hot Wheels-

By Gene’s Customs


Parts Needed:

1 Convoy Custom, 1 Thunder roller, 1 foot of steel (1 1/4 inch), and 2 pieces of 1 inch steel. (more…)

Showcase #1 – Tim the ToyMan

TIMTHETOYMAN is a man who likes equipment, heavy equipment that is.  When we first met Tim on the S & K Truck Site, we did not realize his talent or his dedication to the heavy equipment world until he shared the pictures of his CAT layout.  We were truly in awe at his collection and the accuracy of the pieces he had, many of them scratch built.  We knew we had to share.

Tim has always enjoyed the 1/50th scale hobby world but is gradually turning over to the world of 1/64th.  If this is any indication, the 1/64th scale world will be excited to see what he has coming next.

A picture tour through his layout and our salute to the Toy Man named Tim!! 


Showcase #2 – Ade from the UK

Owed to Ade

Ade lives in the United Kingdom.

Ade Likes BIG trucks.

Ade Drives BIG trucks.

Ade plays with BIG trucks.

Ade makes BIG trucks.

Ade really makes BIG trucks!!!

Ade is Awesome!!


Airbrushing Flames #2

-Airbrushing Flames – Second Method-


Second Method – In this method we’ll use the “positive” mask image. (more…)

Airbrushing Flames #1

-Airbrushing Flames-

Courtesy of Jim’s Custom Rod Shop


First Method – We’ll begin with Jim’s step-by-step procedure for airbrushing flames using the “negative” image from the flame mask. (more…)

Big Bad Birthday Project – aka BBB Project.

Updated December 20, 2004

As Legends Go…………..

IDEA:           Some custom guys in a chat room – all discussing custom truck building.  The thought of a Birthday present for one of the members – Big Bad Birthday Project  – That they would all contribute to and in the end it would be an incredible collaborative project.  The “build” would later be re-named Busters Big Build after one of the team member’s dog who plays a key roll in helping with custom truck design – chuckle, chuckle.

SCENARIO:     Each member of the team would contribute to a portion of the build for this project.  It was decided after discussion, that a heavy hauler unit, generally used for incredible moving projects would be re-created.  The subject matter of the move would be a 1/64th scale steam locomotive.  In real life this piece would weigh tons and require a magnificent piece of equipment to move – A Prime Mover as it has been called.  After additional research, the trailer was designed and built.


“How To” Project- Converting a Johnny Lightning Zinger

-“How-To” Project-

Converting a JL “Zinger”



WARNING: The Opinions to be expressed are that of one man!


While we will admit we are “die cast picky” and prefer die cast of a REAL realm, we like open engine castings. (more…)

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