Ask a LEGO Fan

Studs Not On Top (SNOT) Construction

Posted in Construction Techniques by lfanquestions on August 23, 2009

Chris writes:

Hi my name is Chris and I’m about 13. I’ve building with legos since I was 2 or 3.  I’ve been wondering if there is a website or something that could explain SNOT and or teach me how and when to use it?

Dear Chris,

Traditional Lego brick construction is stacking one brick on top of another.  SNOT is a fan acronym for Studs Not On Top construction.  It allows Lego fans to create more complex and accurate models. One great thing about Lego bricks is that you can build with them in so many ways.

Please see the following fan resource web pages for more information about SNOT building:

http://news.lugnet.com/announce/?n=3429

http://www.holgermatthes.de/bricks_us/snot.htm

http://www.holgermatthes.de/bricks_us/lampenstein.htm

http://www.holgermatthes.de/bricks_us/offset.htm

http://www.classic-space.com/plugins/content/content.php?content.45

Certain great moc builders hardly ever use SNOT and others use it all of the time.  The amount of SNOT building in a moc is completely up to you.

Sincerely,

LFan

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  1. Shawn said, on August 24, 2009 at 2:25 am

    Thanks LegoFan! I was going to ask a similar question but this will keep me plenty busy. If you’d like to follow up with a post on other advanced building techniques, that would also be appreciated. I’ve been building off and on with LEGO for about 25 years now, but have only recently gotten “serious” about building new and exciting models. Any new techniques to try out would be awesome.


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