Design your own Lego set
Time A few hours You’ll need A Mac, Lego Digital Designer
With rise of the Lego Ideas (formerly Cuusoo) crowd-sourcing service, the idea of fan-designed Lego sets has really taken off. You might think that it’s hard and expensive to get into creating your own Lego sets (so many bricks!), but Lego’s Digital Designer app for Mac (ldd.lego.com) makes it free and easy. Download and open the app, and you pretty much just choose the bricks you want from the browser on the left and drop them into place in the build area on the right. The range of bricks is vast, so finding what you want can be daunting at first – you’ll probably get used to using the search function quickly, though. It can be fiddly at times – with little help built into the program itself – but there are guides online. You can include simple Lego bricks as well as Technics’ more intricate options.
You can then save your designs, to build them for real if you get the parts, or share them online – even to Lego Ideas, to get Lego to officially make it. Oh, and if you get really good and start to find Lego Digital Designer a little restrictive, you can move on to LDraw (ldraw.org), which lets you create full instructions and even design custom minifigures. MB
Search for the bricks you need and place them on Lego Digital Designer’s virtual canvas; it grows to accommodate your design’s size.