Funny story... a few weeks back I bought him the Mandalorian Battle Pack ( ages 6 - 12 ). He could hardly wait to put it together. I promised that we would build it after I got a drink of water. I got side-tracked with a honey-do item... and didn't get back upstairs for fifteen minutes. When I returned, I found him playing with a finished speeder.
Dad: "Sorry... I'm back."
Patrick: "Vroooooom.... pew... pew..."
Dad: "Oh. It's finished. Did your brother help you?"
Dad: "Did your sister help you?"
Dad: "You put it together by yourself?"
Patrick: "Yep. WEEEEEEEE pew... pew... pew."
Dad: [ mouth wide open ] "How?"
Patrick: "Dad. I just followed the instructions."
Ready to build?
Step 1: LEGO Digital Designer
Did I mention it's free?
Step 2: Download and Install
Yes, there was one done back in 2008 ( about a century in Internet years ). A great deal has changed in the tool, bricks available, community, gallery, etc. since then. Seriously... it's worth a quickie redo.
Once you have your Mac or Windows version downloaded... open the archive and launch the installer. When it's done, launch LDD and you'll see something like this.
For this -able, I'll use standard LEGO.
WARNING: Clicking on the other tabs may cause your head to explode; work your way up to Minstorms and the extended designer.
Step 3: Gray Beard... Uh... Board.
Think... think. Ah!
"Expeditions to the ocean floor* in the early 21st century paved the way for undersea colonies... thriving communities just like the surface world."
Enter the Undersea Police Force... and the Tiger Shark.
* Any similarity to people, places, or events is entirely coincidental.
Step 4: 60 Bricks or Less
Let's do a ship, a robot for repairs, and a minifig.
Step 5: View, Build, and Building Guide
* building guide
You'll spend the bulk of your time in build... at this point the 'view mode' will only cycle between a couple backgrounds. Not that much bang-for-your-buck there.
Step 6: HTML Building Instructions
Step 7: Templates, Communities, and Galleries - Oh My!
At this point I'd recommend that you sign-up for a LEGO account - the member perks are worth it!
Step 8: How Much Fun Can You Have?
Take a look at the Tiger Shark ( model included ) or download the build instructions ( also included ). That's it - now get out there and make nothing into something!