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Car Transport Semi
Here is a minifigure sized car transport semi for the Lego Town theme. The cab design is original and took a lot of tweaking. It is a bit harder to see due to the black color.
About this creation


Some of the cars on the semi come from Lego sets. I added them just to show the functionality of the semi. The cars I created are the two red ones and the white one.



Turning a support piece 90 degrees allows the rear lower ramp to tilt down for unloading of both the trailer and tractor's lower decks.



A hinged part of the lower deck folds open to allow the unloading of the lower tractor deck through the trailer.



The top deck tilts down and forward so that the ramps are lined up with the lower ramps as they touch the ground. It allows for unloading the trailer and the tractor's upper decks.



The lower two pictures give a good view of loading/unloading mode for the trailer.





This is my second attempt at making a Lego City themed Vehicle. I've noticed a distinct lack of any car carrier semi's throughout the history of Lego City and thought it would be a fun challenge to make one. The real challenge was making it only six studs wide while still accommodating regular sized cars. It was also a challenge making it not look bulky and having it sturdy enough to play with. I really would like to read your comments, both positive AND negative. I like constructive criticism. I want to improve the idea if possible.

I also have this set listed on Lego Cuusoo. If you would like to support it, here is the link http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/13909

If the instructions I've added are confusing, let me know. The pins lying on each side, go into the upper deck at the rear to hold the supporters in place. Slide them out to lower the back end of the upper deck.


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I made it 
  December 30, 2013
Quoting Bill Knaus I had already rated a 5/5 - it's a superb piece of LEGO work! I am curious - now that LEGO has a LEGO City car transport - have you picked one up or compared their approach to your own?
Yes I just bought one this weekend and built it. It has some features that are uncannily similar to my own, especially the bar design and how the upper decks tilt down to be loaded. I think the Lego design is much more in a reasonable price range than mine would be. I like the two sports cars they provided. The design of the truck itself is a little underwhelming though.
 I like it 
  December 30, 2013
I had already rated a 5/5 - it's a superb piece of LEGO work! I am curious - now that LEGO has a LEGO City car transport - have you picked one up or compared their approach to your own?
 I made it 
  September 3, 2013
Quoting adam thelegofan rutland amazing truck!:D
Thank you.
 I made it 
  September 3, 2013
Quoting Sean N Amazing details and great design.
Thanks for the positive comment. It was a large project that took a long time to finish.
 I like it 
  July 25, 2013
amazing truck!:D
 I like it 
  July 23, 2013
Amazing details and great design.
 I made it 
  January 2, 2013
Thanks for the comments Cyberfrank. Your comments are well thought out and helpful. The semi is actually pretty solid. I took months working to make it not only look good but be playable. I agree with you about pricing. It does have quite a few pieces. I put this set on Cuusoo but so far it hasn't gotten more than about 200 votes, last I checked.
 I like it 
  December 31, 2012
it holds 7 cars? wow!
 I like it 
  December 31, 2012
yeah! at last, someone else tried a car transport semi, it s real cool, I especially appreciate that you came up with other solutions than I did, it s too bad I can t hold it, to see how solid it is, as I thought of this 'pole' system, and feared it was a bit too weak to hold cars, and never tried, my system is more bulky, although, still a 6', the reason lego has nt sold some, is price point, mine holds 5 cars, just in cars, it gets close to $60, add the semi, $80, at least, it gets to be an expensive package, a $150 semi would probably not be a best seller. great semi!
 I made it 
  August 15, 2012
I've uploaded the building instructions in case anyone wants to build it. Enjoy.
 I made it 
  June 26, 2012
Quoting Ape Fight Love everything about this. Simple, but very playable. Just as Lego should be.
Thanks. That was the aim when I built it. It was anything but simple to design though. =) Many hours were spent making it accomodate 4 wide cars that stick out slightly wider than 6 wide in the wheels, while still keeping the semi truck 6 wide with external supports.
 I like it 
  June 26, 2012
Love everything about this. Simple, but very playable. Just as Lego should be.
 I like it 
  June 22, 2012
Very nice.
 I like it 
  June 16, 2012
Very nice! Looks extremely realistic! Keep up the great work!
 I made it 
  June 12, 2012
Thanks for all the positive comments guys. I'm working on an alternate color scheme for the cab to make the details more visible.
 I like it 
  June 11, 2012
just read your comments that you left for me and i think it would make an excellent lego set and i would consider buying it .ps i am more into large scale trucks but this is brill
 I like it 
  June 9, 2012
great design..
 I made it 
  June 9, 2012
Quoting kenneth rattledge very nicely done, great work on the ramps for loading/unloading, well done.
Thanks, I'm thinking of redoing it in a different color so the finer design details on the cab can be more visible.
Jim Johnson
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kenneth rattledge
  June 8, 2012
very nicely done, great work on the ramps for loading/unloading, well done.
 I made it 
  June 8, 2012
Quoting Alex B Are you going to put up your other creations?
Yes I am. I'm having a busy summer, but I will eventually.
 I like it 
  June 8, 2012
This is amazing, deserves way more likes 10/10!
 I like it 
  June 7, 2012
Are you going to put up your other creations?
 I made it 
  June 7, 2012
Quoting z 7 hey do you by chance have building instructions. if so please sent a link to zroberts@indenver.net
I was working on some instructions on LDD but for some reason, when I try to start the program now, it freezes at the startup window. I may have to uninstall and redownload it. LDD is very fussy when I try to bend the ramps and attach them with the Technic pieces. It tries to rotate the truck instead of tilting the ramps.
 I made it 
  June 7, 2012
Thanks for all the positive comments guys. =)
 I like it 
  June 7, 2012
Fantastic! I love the functionality. Awesome job!
Jim Johnson
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Chris Melby
  June 6, 2012
I think this is the coolest mini-fig scale semi I have ever seen! Very cool! 10/10!
 I like it 
  June 6, 2012
Great truck! I have never seen a minifig scale truck like this! Very accurate! 5/5
 I like it 
  June 6, 2012
hey do you by chance have building instructions. if so please sent a link to zroberts@indenver.net
 I like it 
  June 6, 2012
This is awesome. I don't think I've seen another transporter at this scale. I think you did a wonderful job on making the ramps function right. you've built a very nice truck here.
 I made it 
  June 4, 2012
Quoting Alex B I Found you anyways The city theme needs one of these! Very Very Badly!!!
I couldn't agree more. =)
 I made it 
  June 4, 2012
Quoting geoffrey boulton like it very clever design and it looks like a set you could buy from lego love it .ps check out my page and give me your thoughts many thanks
Thanks for the vote of confidence. I designed it in the hopes that it might eventually become an official Lego set.
 I like it 
  June 3, 2012
Cool truck!5/5
 I like it 
  June 2, 2012
I Found you anyways The city theme needs one of these! Very Very Badly!!!
 I like it 
  June 2, 2012
like it very clever design and it looks like a set you could buy from lego love it .ps check out my page and give me your thoughts many thanks
 I made it 
  June 2, 2012
Quoting Paul Beach I was thinking of building one of these myself. Nice work!
Thanks, it took a surprisingly long time to work out the technical details on this particular semi. I really like making CIty vehicles. I'll have to post some more of MOCs soon.
 I made it 
  June 2, 2012
Quoting Mason McKechnie pretty good, best I have seen.
Thank you.
 I like it 
  June 1, 2012
pretty good, best I have seen.
 
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