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From Imagination to LEGO Reality: A Step-by-Step Guide to Custom Building

Building your own custom LEGO set can be a fun and rewarding experience. It allows you to be creative, imaginative and bring to life a design that is uniquely yours. This step by step guide will help you create your own custom LEGO set. There are many different design processes for various types of models, like architecture or Technic. For the purposes of this article, we will assume you are building, well, a building. There are many similarities to creating other types of models, so this process for building a building can be applied to other types of models as well. Let’s get started! Step 1: Develop a concept Whether you are building from your imagination or from a reference, you want to have a good idea in your mind about what you are building. You can read this article for tips on how to do that. Step 2: Choose your design method Traditionally, LEGO design was all done using physical bricks. There is a wonderful satisfaction to seeing your LEGO creation come to life before your very eyes. The hands-on connection you have to the design process allows you to instantly troubleshoot any issues with your custom LEGO model. Many designers with large LEGO collections choose this method. What if you don't have enough bricks to realize the concept for your LEGO model? There are plenty of options for digital design. The Playwell Bricks design team uses a combination of Bricklink Studio and LDCAD. Using digital software allows you to choose from the full catalog of LEGO bricks and quickly iterate LEGO design ideas. Most professional LEGO designers now use some sort of digital creation in their design process.

Step 2: Create a base

Once you have your materials, it's time to start building. Start by creating a base for your set. This can be any size you want, depending on the size of the set you're building. Consider using LEGO plates to create a stable foundation for your set.

Step 3: Start building up

Now it's time to start building the main structure of your set. Start by building the main walls and the roof, and then add in any additional details, like windows or doors. Be sure to consider the overall design of your set and how the different parts fit together.

Step 4: Add details

Once the main structure is complete, it's time to add in the smaller details. This can include things like furniture, plants, or even people. Think about what you want your set to look like and what elements will help you achieve that look.

Step 5: Decorate

Now that your set is complete, it's time to decorate it. This can include things like painting or adding stickers. Keep in mind that altering LEGO pieces, like painting or cutting, is considered a faux pas in the wider LEGO community. Most professional designers do this regularly though. It is your LEGO creation, and don’t worry about how someone else views your creativity! You can also add lighting elements, such as LEGO lights, to make your set look even more impressive.

Step 6: Enjoy and Share

Now that you have a custom LEGO set you can be proud of, take the time to enjoy it and share it around in the various online LEGO communities for others to be inspired to build their own creations!

In conclusion, building a custom LEGO set is a great way to use your creativity and imagination. By following these steps, you can create a unique set that is entirely your own. This guide will help you build your custom LEGO set with ease. So, grab your LEGO bricks and start building today! Check out these links for more resources to help you create you custom LEGO set. 1. Bricklink Studio Tutorials 2. How Do They Design LEGO Kits?

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