Tuesday, May 18, 2021

I was nine when I met the late Bruce Haines, a self-employed floor coverings installer and massive transport industry enthusiast from Pukekohe. At that time, Bruce, who was always whistling a tune and sporting an infectious smile, was a member of the then Auckland Model Truck Club and actively supported shows and events held by the club. Bruce was incredibly generous with his time and knowledge of all things model truck building, and he taught me how to transform die-cast toys into a one-off scale model truck. The Scania project we have just completed is in every way Bruce’s style and extremely typical of a ‘Brucee- ism’. As it did for me 40-plus years ago, I hope this lesson in how to go about a ‘Brucee’ inspires you to have a go, and please, if you do, send me a photograph of your project so that we can share it with other readers. Thank you, Bruce, for passing on your enthusiasm and passion to me. Keep on truckin’ and travel safe, mate. Wherever you are.

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