I've recently "got into" Lego modelling. I've been working with LeoCad, I found it very good but let down by some small issues that MLCad seems to have got right. Mainly the ability to find the piece you want amongst the 100's and 100's listed. MLCad helps with this by not only having the text list but also a pictorial list that is easy to scroll through to find the piece you want. What it can't do though is export to 3D...but guess what leo Cad can and is fully compatible with MLCad's saved LDraw files.
I've recently had a little go with the software and come up with this:
One more thing you will probably need if your going to "get into" this too is a site that has Lego instructions for download. The official site has PDF's you can download but only for new items.
For a much more comprehensive list of kits try Brickfactory where I got the plans for this helicopter.
Everyone knows DAZ, but it's free and I've added a link for those that may need it.
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This is a completely free PDF writer. There's 2 parts to the download. I needed both.
Install, choose the PDF printer and your away. It's extremely handy for making e-books or saving tutorials off the net etc.
LeoCAD is a Free CAD program that uses bricks similar to those found in many toys (but they don't represent any particular brand). Currently it has a library of more than 1000 different pieces, most of them were created by James Jessiman (the author of LDraw).
A free fractal generator. Creates some very nice effects. The files can be exported out as PNG files for easy incorporation into your images. There's a tutorial that will get you started, and hey presto!