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WaltOHara23 Mar 2012 1:05 p.m. PST

Hello, I am running a gaming camp for kids this Summer. I have become momentarily enchanted with the notion of creating LEGO OGRE and GEV sets for my kids-- as this blog post illustrates: link

Most of my inspiration has come from Dan Efran's great work on the same subject on his website (links provided). So I have two questions:

1) Is there a commercial service that sells common LEGO parts in bulk? By the part? And is there like a "master part list" that could help me identify all this stuff?

2) What is "LCAD" .. LEGO CAD? I guess? Is it a free service or a paid one?

Okay, I admit it, that was several questions grouped into two categories, so sue me.

Any help is appreciated.

V/R

Walt O'Hara

ming3123 Mar 2012 1:13 p.m. PST

Yes there is a place where pieces can be bought . search lego there are clubs andpersons that build custom models with just legos

Cherno23 Mar 2012 1:34 p.m. PST

bricklink.com is like ebay for LEGO. Make sure to check multiple sellers for the pieces you need, you can save a lot of cash this way.

The biggest LEGO forums are at link

Also check out these awesome pics:

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Edit: LCAD/LeoCad are free programs that let you build LEGO models in a 3D environment. They aren'T particular user-friendly, so expect to put in a lot of work before you get the desired result, especially since you need an external program to render a scene IIRC.

A better way is the official Lego designer (can't remember the exact name). It's available on the Lego homepage, is very easy to use and even creates step-by-step building instructions for your custom models automatically. Be sure to check the eurobricks forums for additional information, such as how to unlock more part libraries which are otherwise hidden inside
the program.

Edit2: The official Lego designer even lets you order the parts of your model automatically if you wish to. It's pricey, though. You can also submit your design and let Leo create a custom box and instructions booklet for you as a present or collector's item.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2012 1:37 p.m. PST

At one time Lego offered a free designer program which you could use to create your own Lego design and even order the parts as a custom kit. I don't recall the name, but check the Lego website.

Andrew Beasley Inactive Member23 Mar 2012 2:32 p.m. PST

Have a look at ldraw.org for a cad program

ordinarybass Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2012 2:48 p.m. PST

Bricklink is the most comprehensive and usually most affordable option, but sometimes you end up having to make several orders from different sellers to get what you want.

Here's the LEGO pick-a-brick online site.

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The selection is far more limited than Bricklink and often more expensive, but the fact that you can get all the listed bricks from one seller (LEGO) and in one shipment might outweigh the cons.

The LEGO digital designer is here:
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I haven't used it in a long time, but I think it still allows you to order the bricks to build what you design through LEGO pick-a-brick online.

LCad, Ldraw, etc are open-source programs not affiliated with LEGO or the LEGO shop, but with lots of fan support.

WaltOHara24 Mar 2012 12:20 p.m. PST

Man, that lcad is impossible to download!

Cherno24 Mar 2012 1:53 p.m. PST

I'd REALLY advise against using LCAD if you don't plan to include some obscure, old parts that Lego is not producing anymore. In 90% of all cases, the Lego Digital Designer will be the better choice.

flicking wargamer26 Mar 2012 10:31 a.m. PST

My kids are using the digital designer to build stuff. They are building stuff they want for their Lego city but which Lego does not make (yet) like a school and a park.

If you know what you need it is possible to track down other sources for bricks. Lego also has a bunch of colors not normally available to the general public in their kits.

Walt, you might also check the Lego stores at Tysons and Potomac Yards. It is hit or miss as far as what they have but they have had the "turrets" at one point and have lots of other interesting things on their self selection wall. You can fill a container with things. I was tempted to buy a bunch of the "flames" they have out now for the fire department sets last time I was there. Would be good markers for various games.

28mmMan Inactive Member26 Mar 2012 2:27 p.m. PST

Ogres made from legos…genius…well done mate.

Great idea and something that is easy for the kids to wrap their heads around, being legos.

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