Instructions for my “WarCraft III - Alliance - Town Hall” MOC.
About this creation
These are instructions for my “WarCraft III - Alliance - Town Hall” MOC, which may be found elsewhere amongst my MOCs.
* NOTES *
- NO, I am not a certified CAD professional
- NO, I do not work for the LEGO® Group
- YES, this was my first such attempt at making instructions for one of my MOCs
- YES, I did this in a very efficient manner, utilizing multiple LeoCAD files with sequentially numbered names, as well as various features available in LeoCAD, LDView, and Microsoft PowerPoint 2003. The entire endeavor took me little over an hour (I was multitasking)
Wanna know exactly how I did this? I thought so.
1) I built the MOC in LeoCAD (duh).
2) I saved a backup file in LeoCAD (of course).
3) Looking at the number of levels of bricks involved in the construction of this MOC, I calculated the amount of instruction pics I would need, and thus the amount of “deconstructed duplicate” LeoCAD files.
4) I saved the same MOC multiple times under sequentially numbered names (S1, S2, S3, and so on).
5) I started with the file named “S1” (“S” stands for “Step”), and deleted all the pieces except for the very base layer. I then saved it as a .ldr (LDraw) file, and opened it in LDView. After rotating the resulting 3D image to the desired position, I then saved a .jpg file “snapshot” directly from LDView.
6) In Microsoft PowerPoint 2003, I made a file that would include the number buttons. I then made a separate file, named “Instructions” and set it’s background to match that of LDView display (if you go to “custom colors, you can see and set the RGB value).
7) Into the first slide of this “Instructions” file, I inserted the .jpg snapshot I saved earlier. After resizing the pic and repositioning it, I copied a number button from the other file.
8) Back in LeoCAD, I opened the file named “S2” and deleted everything down to the layer just above that which was left in “S1”. I then repeated steps 5-7.
9) When I was done with all the steps, I saved the PowerPoint slides as a set of .jpg files.
* As usual, the program I used to build this is LeoCAD.
I then converted it to an .ldr file and rendered it with LDView.
For info on contacting me about permission to use the design or obtaining a copy of the 3D file I made, see my homepage.