Most use virtual LEGO to share models over the internet or to plan a model they intend to build in real life. I build it to play with it. The open source video game Transcendence(copyright George Moromisato) includes provision for skilled players to add content to the game. I have made a spaceship for the player to fly.
About this creation
This model was built using SR3D builder(copyright Sergio Reano)and rendered using LDview 4.1.(copyright Travis Cobbs, Peter Bartfai). 40 screenshots were taken at different angles around the model.
The screenshots were resized and put in a strip. This shows part of that strip. The game program pulls the image from different parts of the image based on the direction the ship is facing.
To make the shield image, this strip is used. As the ship's shields weaken under attack, the game shows a different part of this image. Credit to FAD for the empty shield template.
The game pulls ship armor from this image. As the armor is damaged by enemy fire, the game shows a portion of the image farther down this strip. Though it looks like there are two parts to this image, there are three. This image was made using Fotographics, a graphics editing program created by L. Madhavan.
These graphics are not the ship. the ship is a few pages of code, some of which determine values such as mass, thrust, and cargo capacity. The ship code includes lines that tell the game to put a picture of the ship out on screen so the player has something to look at. When it all comes together, you get a playable ship that looks like this.