#197 TIPS: In-depth SNOT calculations

I have been wanting to do this post for a while, but it is fairly complicated, so please bear with me and ask any questions in the comments. It can be confusing but is very useful and eliminates any guesswork when using SNOT pieces.



The 5:2 ratio of parts refers to height of the plate as being 5 plates in width and the width of the plate being 2 studs long. A 1x2 plate width is 5 plates height in other words, so a 1x1 plate width is 2x5 plates height.(see picture if you unsure).


This ratio can be used to make sure the edges of pieces line up. If we say that a 1x2 is 5 plates in length, this can be used in combinations with SNOT bricks to make sure the attached pieces lie flush to one another.


The headlight brick is the equivalent of 2 plates in width. So to make the edge of a 1x2 plate lie flush with the plates attached, 3 more plates are used.


A normal SNOT brick is the equivalent of 2.5 plates in width as it is exacts halve a 1x2 width. This means that it cannot lie flat to a 1x2 plate, but it can a 1x3. A 1x3 is the equivalent to 7.5 plates, so 5 more most be added for it to lay flush.


Finally a bracket piece is the equivalent of 3 plates in width. This means that only 2 more plates are needed to get up to the magic number of 5 for the plates to line up against each other.


Hopefully you have understood what I was trying to get across, but if you don't quite get it, please reread this post and ask any questions in the comments below.

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