In August 2023, News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineAugust 31, 2023

It’s that time of the year for the Annual Craig Christensen Build a Model Truck competition, and our great friends at Italeri, makers of model truck kitsets, have kindly given us another three model trucks as prizes.

Last year, we featured Craig Christensen and his incredible homemade model trucks built from items and waste materials found around the home. Inspired by Craig’s ability to create a model truck from these bits and pieces, we are once again setting the challenge for our budding model truck builders to see what they can rustle up.

We want you to build a model truck and trailer combination from any household items you can find. It can be built in any scale, and also be completely imaginary regarding axle/wheel combinations – let your mind run loose. There will be extra points for the livery design and the colour scheme you choose to adorn your rig.

The competition will close at midday on Monday, 6 November, with the winners contacted immediately and the results printed in the December 2023/January 2024 issue of New Zealand Trucking magazine. So, no excuses – you have plenty of time!

There will also be a qualified mystery judge to decide the winners. To keep it fair, we will run three classes – up to the age of 6 years, 6 to 12 years and 12 to 18 years. The judges’ decision will be final.

The prizes for age group will consist of an Italeri kitset model truck and a New Zealand Trucking cap. They are pretty cool prizes to work for, and we’ve given you plenty of time to get building. So don’t hold back.

Send your photos of your build along with the name and age of the builder and the build information to before the competition cut-off.

Happy constructing!

a) Our good mate Craig Christensen is the inspiration for our annual Build a Model Truck competition.
b) An example of Craig’s work: a sharp Scania 143 with matching five-axle B-train.