Note: This feature is in the Dec. TT&C 2016 issue.
This is a favorite creation crafted by LEGO vehicle maker Stephen Nelson. The former California truck driver crafted something of a dream semi he calls the “Desert Rose.” It uses desert-hued LEGO pieces to create this unique semi truck and sleeper.
The Stephen Nelson-built creations bring to life the European designs of his friend and LEGO vehicle creator Ingmar Spijkhoven. Once the plans and instructions are proofed and tested, they are sold online for other builders. Even skilled LEGO builders realize some of the limitations of using LEGOs. Conventional trucks are easier than some modern designs.
An early truck built from LEGOs by Stephen Nelson was inspired by the intricate LEGOo vehicles built by Jennifer Cook of England. Her work inspired Stephen to learn more about what he could build using various LEGO and Technic LEGO pieces. He used his knowledge of trucks and engineering to reverse engineer her work from photos.
This interesting image of an Ingmar Spijkhoven truck and timber trailer, built by beta tester Stephen Nelson, plays a trick on the viewer. The perspective makes the LEGO scale model in front look like it belongs with the full-sized vehicles in back. Stephen helps his friend, Ingmar, test concepts, plans and instructions for LEGO builders around the world.