Kustom Chop Shop: 16 February 2010

16 February 2010: Why Customize a Hot Wheel?--- My name is Samuel (HalfAssKustoms). I use that name for almost everything that has to do with CARS...I'm a car guy. I have had 8 old cars so far and I have a '62 Caddy now. I like everything old and cars!

If you look at the way Hot Wheels are looking today, they're being made in a way that customizers can cut them up a make them their own. In my opinion, the newer HWs coming out don't have a great look for "Mainline cars". Off the line, they already need something done to them, like a paint job and/or new RR wheels. Mainline Hot Wheels just leave you wanting more out of your car.

So now you have a new Mainline car. It is the right year, right make and model and right body style that you like. But it has "dumb" wheels and even a "dumber" paint job on it. WHAT DO YOU DO? Well, most just keep it as is, but others will make it how they see fit. "CUSTOMIze IT." We the customizers like to make the cars the way we think it should look. Make it better then it came.
Now there's really only 2 ways to make a custom HW. The first is to do a Mild Custom. A Mild is just paint jobs/decals/and wheel swaps. Here is what a Mild custom looks like:


Before

After


And, the finished product, after it's been returned to the original blister



The second way to customize is to do a Wild custom. A Wild is all out whatever you can think to do. This usually involves a lot of cutting and combining of other parts and bodies/chassis, and requires a bit more of a skillset. Here is what a Wild custom looks like:


Before

After


So "WHY MAKE A CUSTOM HW CAR?". Well, I think its clear that customs just look better than the way they originally came. Now, when you go to make your HW a custom, think about how you want it to look and what you need for it to look that way. Take your time, and do what you need to get it the way you want it to look....and have fun with it. That's what it's all about!

In my other column I posted on how to drill out the ribbets, so that you can paint the boddy/do wheel swaps/etc. Now you can make that HW the way you want it! Until next month...

~Samuel Denehy