Wednesday, August 31, 2005

School Year

Hi all!

A big thanks to all of you LEGO fans who have made our corner of the web so welcome during these last few weeks. We have been doing all that we can to deserve the praise and the patronage that is coming our way, and we will try to continue this. However, school has started (yay!). Nate is going to collage, and I have just started in my second-to-last year of highschool, and in a new school too - one that has pretty intensive courses. So what this means is that we will not be able to update as often; we will just be to busy.

Thank you for bearing with us and understanding,

Dale S.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Peaked Arches

Teup returns again, with two new design ideas features a unique (and very cool) style of arch. He hints at how he did it in this Classic-Castle thread.

Brick-Built Legs

Despite all their goodness, sometimes minfigs are just too limiting for one's needs. Lenny Hoffman and Michael Jasper solve this problem by simply replacing the standard minifig legos with slopes, headlight bricks and other pieces.

Monday, August 29, 2005


MisQa, user of Brickshelf, made this cute little SNOT pigs. Notice the tooth piece used as ears (something I'm seeing a lot if in brick built animals) and hand as a tail on this particular pig.

The main gallery contains several other designs for pigs; check em out!

Saturday, August 27, 2005


Marc Nelson Jr. has created a medieval house, using two skateboard ramp pieces for the roof.

Another neat idea is this window made of a wheel between two arches.

Friday, August 26, 2005

From Cloak to Skirt

If I'm not mistaken, Brickshelf user mmcb has used the official LEGO cloak as a skirt on her minifigs.

Thursday, August 25, 2005


I can't seem to find out who built this steam ship (in the middle, right under the yellow globe in the picture) which was in the fantasy room of Brickfest 2005 and I'm having bad luck trying to find better pictures of it, but in this picture, you can see the steam boiler. Notice the kettle helm used for the top of the boiler?

While we are on the topic of steam-powered vehicles, take a look at this car; it has some good SNOT on it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Connecting Flames

Anthony Sava of Ikros fame has created a Dark Phoenix, using the flame piece as the feathers on the wings of the phoenix. It's also pretty cool how he attached them to each other.

Monday, August 22, 2005

The Usefulness Of A Cool New Piece

In this Classic-Castle discussion, Jim demonstrates the usefulness of a new slope. For example, he made this stained-glass window:

(Hay)stack of Brooms

Nelson Yrizarry has come up with an excellent new use for all those Harry Potter brooms: a haystack/hay bale!


Check out Adam Silcott's penguins! They make the most ingenious use of the white head, hand and hair pieces that I have seen in a long time.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Vroom Vroom!

Josh Jenkins puts lightsaber hilts and other minifig tools to good use in his minifig-scale brick-built motorcycle:


Take a look at Brickshelfer mijasper's characters folder. He ingeniously uses different pieces to create instantly recognizable figures; one of my favorites is Snow White, in which the 2x2 slope and dino tooth pieces are put to a great use.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Modern City

And it's back to minifig scale for Teup's 21st Century City. It has TONS of cool details (like the statues in every building), but the actual technique which caused me to post this creation is these SNOT Pillars. A few other things to take note of: the barrels used as pillars in the picture below, the builders well-done use of different colors to create a nice contrast, the technic brick (the one with the "cross" in it) used for decoration, and well-built bases that most of the buildings stand on.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Time for some more microscale...

Up until now UBT has mostly been featuring creative building techniques used in minifig or Technic fig scale creations. Now, it's time for some more microscale MOCs! Check out Christopher Deck's cool new microscale Star Wars ship: Dooku's Solar Sailer. Note the use of Blacktron canopies as the solar sail:

SNOT Wicker

Take a look at this mostly SNOT roofed wicker beach chair.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Builder Revealed

Just a quick post to give credit where credit is due; the builder of the castle is Steve DeCraemer and the hi-resolution photos were taken by Kevin Blocksidge.

SNOT wall continued

After being totally wowed by the previous blog entry, I quickly put together a mock-wall. It uses a simple technique of technic bricks and half-pins to secure the tiles. I'm not certain, but I think this is how this mystery builder constructed his/her castle!

SNOT Castle Face

Ready to get blown away? Alright here you are; a huge castle wall from BrickFest covered by SNOT!

A few more links:
  • Closeup of the wall (picture from ShootinBricks' gallery)

  • Orion's gallery has a few more pictures.

  • This gallery has a few hi-resolution photos.
  • Monday, August 15, 2005

    Octan gets spaced out

    Chris Malloy's new spacy Octan Tanker features several cool building techniques, including a SNOTty windscreen and the use of X-Pods as tanks.

    Farming LEGO

    Take a look at these tractors and equipment, just posted on Brickshelf. All of these use parts very well, and all have good SNOT-work.

    Notice the fig head as the front weights and the technique use for the front axle.

    Great use of the 2x2 disks!

    Notice the different techniques used for the slanted parts of the machine.

    Saturday, August 13, 2005

    Once the Front Wheel, Always the Front Wheel

    Nelson Yrizarry has used the front wheel part of the three-wheeler as... a front wheel! But in a unique manner. Check it out!


    Friday, August 12, 2005

    Cool hinges, er, legs, man!

    Here is Schism's UCS Devastator from Crimson Skies. It has some good SNOT-work for the wings, and get a load of the hinges on the lower wings:

    Thursday, August 11, 2005

    Moonbase Endcap

    Classic-Spacer Ryan Wood has come up with a new way to use those minifig skateboards:

    Also note the use of a Town jet turbine as part of the gun.

    Wednesday, August 10, 2005

    A twisting of tiles...

    ...creates a fantastic-looking roof! Brickself user Teup shows off many cool and unusual building techniques in his Viking Village folder, but this roof design really pops out:

    Man, that's a lot of 1x1 brown tiles...

    Monday, August 08, 2005


    Anthony Sava, of Ikros fame, has wowed LEGO fans from across the world with his amazing (and gigantic!) new creation: Ulmaris Castle. Featuring, among other things, two gatehouses, two portculli, great hall, barracks, blacksmith and library, this is a truely excellent creation. However, how impressive in size Ulmaris may be, it's the details in this castle that really stand out for me. The windows, especially, are incredible. There are over five different types of windows and archer slits in Ulmaris, many of which can be seen in this picture:

    Congratulations on such an impressive castle, Tony!

    Peg-legs aren't just for pirates, ARG!

    Many people have doubled two pirate peg-legs up to make centaurs and other fantasy creatures, but Dunechaser executes it particularly well with his Mr. Tumnus in his Lantern Waste vignette:

    Arms...Fingers....Who Cares?

    Have you ever wondered how to make a good-looking five-fingered hand for your mecha? Here ya go!

    Sunday, August 07, 2005

    Based on a Tire

    Take a look at this amazing builder's Korean Temple and "Desert Dream"! Look at all that SNOT on the temple! Also note the tires used as bases for the pillars of Desert Dream

    and the SNOT steps.

    Also notice the various mosaics built into Desert Dream.

    Saturday, August 06, 2005

    I'm tired of basketball...

    ...let's make a spaceship! Check out Sir Bugge's Bubblecraft, with it's unique use of balls, basketball hoops, and Technic steering wheels.

    Castle Meets Space!

    Brickshelf user taltosVT uses two minifig box wrenches to create some clever jointing on his mecha.

    Hands and Teeth

    Here's a way to use minifig hands as teeth, as Micah Berger with his Brute Orc,

    and Anthony Sava with his Steve the Ogre demonstrate.

    Also note the use of minifig legs, torsos and arms as the hands and frogs as horns (or are they ears? It's hard to tell with these creatures...) ;-)

    Friday, August 05, 2005

    Techniques by Jojo

    I just discovered this Grange by Johannes Koehler last evening. He is truely a master at the use of LEGO parts and you can probably find some interesting uses that I missed, but here are two that caught my eye:

    Brushes used as the arms of a scarecrow,

    and the sword used as a blade for his scythe (I know that this technique is pretty common, but Jojo executes it very well).

    Garlic Ice Cream

    Martin Jaspers recently posted his medieval town square on Brickshelf. This MOC abounds with creative uses for LEGO elements, but my favorites are his use of the Ice Cream piece as garlic, the dino tooth piece on the edge of the awnings,

    and a lightsaber blade, two technic pins, and a technic connecter to create the roling-pin for the baker,

    techniques which he says were given to him by German AFOL Johannes Koehler (also known as "Jojo").

    The Versatility of Hands...again!

    Recently, LUGNET member Michael Jasper entered the Joe Vig contest with his Getting A Milkshake. Not only does he come up in an innovative use for minifig hands (the ankles of the waitress), he also uses a minifig castle plume as the splashing milkshake! Also note the cute little brick-built dog behind the waitress and the flower Joe is carrying.

    The Versatility of Hands

    Brickshelf user MiJasper posted this gallery on Brickshelf. Check out his/her novel use of LEGO hands in almost all of the creations! This user also puts one of LEGO's wrenches to good use in several creations, including the following.