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#2434 TECHNIQUE DISCUSSION: Unique Roof Techniques

Today we’re looking at some of the most unique roof techniques we could find! From angled tiles to minifigure brackets to even binoculars, let’s blow the roof off with these impressive techniques!


Tips and Bricks logo. #2434 TECHNIQUE DISCUSSION: Unique Roof Techniques  Image shows a blacksmith MOC with a red and grey roof using bars with tow balls, created by @gGh0st on Flickr. Image shows a grey roof MOC created from binocular pieces, created by @Lasse Vestergård on Flickr. Image shows another blacksmith MOC with a black roof made of Technic pins, created by @Digger1221 on Flickr.  There are many ways to build roofs for your MOCs, but have you seen any techniques quite like these before? Let’s dive into some clever and unique design!

Image shows a large blacksmith MOC created by @gGh0st on Flickr. The walls are blue and brown, with a mainly dark red roof with grey tow ball bars used across the roof.  Arrow points to Bar 1L with Tow Ball, part 22484. Arrow points to Plant Stem, Curved with Bar, Thorns, and Swirls, part 28870. Arrow points to Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with 3 Claws / Rock Fingers, part 27261.  This fantastic blacksmith MOC uses bars with tow balls (22484) as the detail of the roof, each attached using a clip tile (15712)!   The roof uses the clip tiles in a variety of colours, to add rustic detail beneath the main pattern. Arrows point to Tile, Modified 1 x 1 with Open O Clips, part 15712, in Dark Red, Dark Green and Pearl Gold on the MOC.   The direction of the tow ball bars rotates with each column to vary the pattern further.

Image shows a long dark red house with sand green windows, with a grey roof created using binocular pieces, created by @Lasse Vestergård on Flickr. A close up of the image shows the top of the roof, and a large number of binocular pieces in each row.  This build instead uses binocular parts (30162) as a pattern for its roof! Arrow points to Minifigure, Utensil Binoculars Town, part 30162.  The repeating pattern attaches each column of binoculars to a clip tile, with each part resting over the next to create a layered pattern. The grey roof also stands out brilliantly against the red, white and sand green of the house walls.

There’s great part usage throughout this watermill, but the design for the roof is a highlight using minifigure brackets (42446)!  Image shows a close up of a brown watermill roof, created using repeating brown minifigure brackets, created by @Patrick B. on Flickr. Arrow points to Minifigure Neck Bracket with Back Stud - Thin Back Wall, part 42446 and arrow points to Slope 30 1 x 2 x 2/3 on the roof.  A build demonstration shows how the minifigure brackets are built repeatedly rotating with each part to create a zig-zag shape. The brackets are each built individually in a zig-zag pattern and then together, each zig-zag fits perfectly into the frame.  1x2 slopes (85984) then slot into the gaps in the brackets, creating another triangular pattern! It also adds an extra layer of colour!  Image shows a brown watermill MOC with a field around it and a lake beside it.

Image shows the first MOC, a triangular white roof MOC by @Joey Klusnick on Flickr. Arrow points to Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Bar Handle on Side - Closed Ends, part 48336. Arrow points to Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Open O Clip on Top, part 44861.  This roof is formed with two halves, using slopes (85984), plates with bars (48336) and plates with clips (44861).  Image shows the second MOC, a black cone shaped roof MOC that uses wedges by @Nice Try on Flickr. Arrow points to Wedge, Plate 4 x 2 Right, part 41769 and arrow points to Wedge, Plate 4 x 2 Left, part 41770. A variety of wedge plates and tiles create this round roof! Each side of the roof is the same shape, attaching to the build with modified bar and clip plates.

Image shows a large black roof MOC, created from different sloping points and shapes, created by @Lech Kulina on Flickr. Arrow points Slope 18 2 x 1 x 2/3 with Grille, part 61409. Arrow points to Bracket 1 x 1 - 1 x 1, part 36841. Arrow points to Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Headlight, part 4070.  Two types of sections form this cone roof. The first uses flat tiles and the second uses a SNOT build to create a pointed shape. Headlight bricks (4070) are used to create a complex SNOT build, to gradually ease into the pointed end.

Image shows a red and grey blacksmith MOC, on a brown platform, with black roofs created from Technic pins, created @Digger1221 on Flickr. Arrow points to Technic, Pin with Short Friction Ridges, part 2780. Arrow points to Bar 6L with Stop Ring, part 63965. Arrow points to Bar 1L with Clip Mechanical Claw - Cut Edges and Hole on Side, part 48729b.Arrow points to Tile, Modified 2 x 3 with 2 U Clips with Hammer and Anvil and Gold Border Pattern (Sticker) - Set 10193, part 30350cpb007.  Technic pins (2780) connect to bars with clips (48729b) and then attach to a variety of bars to create a brilliant textured roof.  The Technic pins also connect to each other to create the left side of the roof, with the pins slotting into the ridges of each pin.

Image shows a MOC frame of parts to create a pattern using 2x2 tiles, created by @Maxim Baybakov on Flickr. Arrow points to Bracket 1 x 1 - 1 x 1, part 36841. Arrow points to Technic, Brick 1 x 1 with Hole, part 6541. Arrow points to Bar 1L with 1 x 1 Round Plate with Hollow Stud, part 32828. Arrow points to Plate 2 x 2 Corner, part 2420.  This roof technique uses a diagonal pattern of overlapping 2x2 tiles. The technique uses a frame using SNOT bricks and corner plates. These SNOT plates attach to Technic 1x1 bricks to shape the frame. The roof uses 1x1 plates with bars (32828) to attach it to the rest of the building and create the angle.  Image shows a tan building with a blue roof, created by @Maxim Baybakov on Flickr. Plates are attached backwards, using the back for texture.  Which was your favourite technique? Let us know in the comments!




Featured builds by:


gGh0st on Flickr


Lasse Vestergård on Flickr


Patrick B. on Flickr


Joey Klusnick on Flickr


Nice Try on Flickr


Lech Kulina on Flickr 


Digger1221 on Flickr


Maxim Baybakov on Flickr

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