Lego Projects

Last Updated on 2021-07-02 by Michael Horvath

Most of the projects on this page were created for or using LDraw, a freeware virtual Lego modeling program, and POV-Ray, a freeware ray-tracer. In addition to the images below, I also have a Flickr photostream with many of my renders.

Contents


Tutorials

Link
LDraw to SimCity 3000 Unlimited Tutorial:
A tutorial describing how to import LDraw models into SimCity 3000 Unlimited.

Link
Chromadepth 3D Glasses Tutorial:
A tutorial describing how to render LDraw models so that they can be viewed in 3D using Chromatek polarized glasses.

Link
Stereoscopic 3D Glasses Tutorial:
A tutorial describing how to render LDraw models so that they can be viewed in 3D using a stereoscope.

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Cleaning LDraw Models for Export:
A tutorial describing why it is hard to clean LDraw models for export to other formats and applications.


Projects

Link
Lego Set List:
A list of all the Lego sets I own. (To the best of my knowledge.)
GitHub
Gallery
LDraw Models:
Lego models I’ve created using LDraw and POV-Ray.
Link
Carriage House Virtual Tour:
A series of panoramic renders showcasing one of my LDraw models.
GitHub
Facebook
LUGNET
Flickr
Wiki
Datsville:
An effort to relicense the community Datsville project under a modern, open software license; as well as to standardize the model parts and related scripts to make it easier for people to expand the project and create new scenes and animations. I also made some tests to see if I could create an tactical RPG based on the project using RPG Maker. They are available on GitHub as well.
Early build showing off layered sprites.
Combat testing.

Tools

GitHub
POV-Ray Road Macros:
Some POV-Ray macros for creating LDraw-style roads. Included are scripts to create circular (or elliptical), spiral and Bezier-shaped roads, as well as a special script for creating road intersections.
Download
LDraw Grids & Axes:
An assortment of coordinate axes and grids in *.LDR format based on ones I obtained elsewhere. Use them to orient models within a scene’s local coordinate system.
(Download size: 5KB; Last updated: 2011-06-11)
GitHub
POV2LDR:
A command-line tool meant to “extract” MPD files from POV-Ray scenes generated using L3P by Lars C. Hassing. It works with scenes created by both version 1.3 and version 1.4 of L3P.
(Download size: 15KB; Last updated: 2011-06-11)
Download
MLCad.grp:
My own personal modified version of “MLCad.grp” with many additional parts categories.
(Download size: 1KB; Last updated: 2011-06-11)
Binary
Source
MLCad CHM Help:
The MLCAD help file converted to Microsoft HTML Help format.
(Last updated: 2011-01-22; Note: May be outdated with respect to the current MLCad version.)

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