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LEGO Tips and Techniques - Technic(olor) SNOT

Sometimes the most elegant solutions are not the sexiest.  Which is fine if you're hiding your SNOT.  Brackets, headlight bricks and travis bricks are very useful for 90° and 180° solutions.  I've previously highlighted what is probably the tightest 180° solution even if it doesn't have grip as good as a typical connection.  I am personally guilty of using the aforementioned pieces to do some blocky kludges.  I grew up with a lot of basic parts and the headlight brick and old 2x2-2x2 bracket were my only solutions.  Even the technic sets I got were simple but we did have those irreplaceable 1x technic plates.  How I miss those.

"Why did he make that clunky segue into Technic?" you may ask.  I'll tell you why.  With only 5 technic(y) parts I'm going to introduce a host of 180° SNOT solutions that are compact and effective.  First, the 2L axle.  Next, the full bush.  There's also the 1x4 technic plate and the 2x4 technic plate.  Finally the 2x2 round plate which isn't technically technic but has an axle hole in the middle.  Other minor players may make a cameo appearance.  Let's begin, shall we?

Solution 1, the 4H stack, studs out.  (Stolen from Inspired by Courtesy of ricolego)  Even though the 4H plates are a touch shy of the 2L axle, the nubs will nestle into the bottom of a tube just fine.



Solution 2, the 2H axle grab, studs out.  This is an extension of the above solution with 2 2x4 technic plates sticking out for a lower profile 180° SNOT.


Solution 3, the 2H slim jim, studs out.  No AFOL should be without a few of the old school 1x technic plates.  The plates fit perfectly within both collars of the half pin.  Be aware that the stud on the pin sticks up 1/4 plate higher than the studs on the technic plate.  A flick-fire missile would also work here for extra bar goodness.


Solution 4, the 1H slim jim light, studs in or out.  Those holes on the ends hold a wealth of uses.  Here they snugly hold a stud from either side.  However don't rely on being able to insert a stud into both ends with perfect results.


Solution 5, the 2L "dumbbell", studs in.  I was too lazy to dig up my technic bushes so I used a technic axle connector instead.  The same results are achieved.  This is the simplest version but there are several flavors that can achieve other angles and layouts.  For bonus points the technic pin connector can be used over studs.


 Of course there are as many solutions as there are AFOLs out there.  This is a sampling of some of the better ones that I have used.  Think you got a better one?  Describe or link to it below.