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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quoting z 7
hey do you by chance have building instructions. if so please sent a link to email@example.com
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.