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SNOT stands for Studs Not On Top and it means building structures where you use hinges or other techniques to change the direction of the bricks, so they are not one on top of the other as it's done traditionally. This is a very simple example of SNOT: The technique is particularly useful for spaceships and even some LEGO sets rely on it, for example, ...


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It depends on how close they need to be. The following solution works, if you're happy to have things sticking out around the join: "Brick 1x2 M. 2 Holes Ø 4,87", [part:32000:7]; There's also a 1x1 brick with a hole, [part:6541:7]. Which could be used as: For tighter coupling, the Minifig Wrench [part:6246d:0] can also fit over a stud, and is deeper ...


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2006 Lego's official position on this technique was explained at Brickfest 2006. Jamie Berard, then a relatively new designer in Billund gave an excellent presentation on why certain techniques are considered "illegal" in official sets. The basics message is that building techniques should: not stress the bricks be suitable for the target audience of the ...


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Holger Matthes has a good page on SNOT building which includes a few techniques on how to get stud-down orientation. Also, don't underestimate tiles, sometimes you can just lock the upside-down part into place without attaching it with studs at all (I did this when I was a kid to use a black 3943 — Cone 4 x 4 x 2 as a train chimney as the inverted part ...


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How firm does it need to be? Wouldn't something like this be enough? If not, you can try to lock the parts into place with "cheese" slopes, but it's not as neat:


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Chris McVeigh has some nice LEGO projects on his website that use SNOT techniques. Many of the projects have PDF instruction guides. I stumbled on his work after seeing his LEGO ornaments a few years back. Now that the Christmas season is beginning, a few of those ornaments would be a fun way to introduce this technique to your daughter!


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To build your example in MLCad (LDraw), I needed to switch to "Grid Fine" to move the element into the right alignment: A couple of techniques to note when doing this when you finish with the SNOT modeling: Set the grid back to coarse so that subsequent pieces are back on the grid. Select a non-SNOT element (in this case the 2x3 or 2x2 plate) before ...


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There are a lot of elements shown (together with other possibilities and SNOT-techniques) at holgermatthes.de, where there are pieces that are really bricks with side-studs (excluding all the other possibilities for SNOT-building) are those (+ the headlight/erling-brick and the big gray blocks you can see here, which are not shown in the following image):


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I have never found a solution that I was completely pleased with (and gluing is a no-go), but the closest I've ever come is using these.


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Seems to have really come into use this year. The Winter Village Post Office (pages 65-66) set also uses it for a larger piece with a SNOT block holding the window roofs on:


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I'm not quite sure what you mean, but could you use hinges? Like these?


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This is very old-school, but that's how I was doing SNOT in the early 80's: a plate, or a tile (as shown) snaps between 2 studs. I prefer tiles to plates, as I don't have studs-alignment issues, but I've used both, and both work.


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Good question, but I think the example shown demonstrates where Lego currently accepts this kind of construction; i.e. only for small, decorative components and not for major structural interfaces.


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Wouldn't the one ring bind them all?


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You can wedge a 1xN plate between studs (at a 90 degree angle) to the "normal" orientation. Repeat a second time, and now 2 bricks are stud-to-stud.


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While it doesn't have every SNOT technique, and they call it "sideways building", the official LEGO Master Builder Academy series is really quite good and introduces quite a few very good advanced techniques. I felt they were more than worth the money for my nephews.


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There are tools to generate 3D LDraw models which will use SNOT techniques to make sure the overall structure looks nice, most notable: Bram's Sphere Generator LSculpt Depending on her age, your daughter should be able to build the small yellow bunny on that last page, and the result is a very good illustration of why SNOT is useful. Bram's Flicker page ...


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Using Technic beams can work in this situation. As the holes are the diameter of a stud and are deeper than two studs' height, it can be used to some extent. See When did Lego decide that it was okay to put a stud into a technic hole? for more information on the limitations of this strategy.



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