I've been keeping this one kinda quiet, but it's hard to do so when the end is in sight.....so I'm offering a little sneaky-peeky.
A local young couple had a baby girl in March of this year, and at 11 days old she was diagnosed with a heart valve issue that needed surgery to remedy; as of now, she has had 3 surgeries. Needless to say, the medical insurance shortfall they are facing is staggering. After donating all we could, I hatched a plan to donate much more than I could alone: build a totally one-off custom Manx and raffle it. In 1999 our VW club did the very thing, and the Tamiya New Beetle I built helped out a local animal rescue group.
Stay tuned for more details, but for now enjoy a little preview:
Hideo-san sent me his new website address: http://motohashi-mww.com/ Prepare to be amazed by his stuff.......especially the machined Hotwheels(1/64!!!) Weld & Radir wheels
I recently became acquainted with a guy named Hideo Motohashi via Facebook, and boy am I glad I did. He is a fellow VW nut from the far east, and an extremely talented machinist to boot. Not long ago he shared pictures of his machined Duralumin windshield frame for the AMT Meyers Manx kit, and once I regained consciousness I knew I had to have one...or three.
The kit-supplied part is awful chunky and inaccurate:
Motohashi's is head and shoulders above the kit part; I even fabbed my own polished aluminum roll bar to complement it, because it made the kit-supplied bar look like a booger: