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Team Falcon: Talon MkIV and an intro to S.N.O.T. technique
Come one, come all to see another rehashed MOC of mine and to learn some basic principles of S.N.O.T. technique.
About this creation



I am going to break this MOC down college style.
I. Introduction
II. Talon IV Landing Pad and More
III. Talon IV Starfighter
IV. Introduction to basic SNOT techniques.


I. Introduction

Ask yourself what would happen if the universe exploded, mixed and matched every user-created Lego theme, and Reich and PCS were melded together. The result would be Team Falcon. Team Falcon is another "team" I have come up with. (Go see Team Phoenix: Gemini MBV, the first Team MOC I've submitted if you haven't already). Really the teams are just a bunch of sub-themes, with specified color schemes, does that make you scream? It's important to practice good hygiene. At least if you wanna run with my team. I'm bout to get into some **** that I've seen. This fool's breath is bad enough to melt your ice cream. Anyway.

There's a few things I need to mention before we get started. This is my first official bley/dark bley moc. A round of applause? Very much appreciated. Yes there are some gray pieces, mostly used on minifigs and other parts which I do not have in bley yet. For some reason I feel like building in bley is some sort of an achievement. I'm not sure why, but it's probably the fact that I have a very VERY limited amount of bley/dark bley pieces. So the MOC was challenging overall, but I managed to scrape together a quanza hut for the spaceship and another little bunker for crates and whatever the hell else goes in bunkers.

After you finish getting through the MOC, I wrap things up with a small introduction to SNOT (Studs Not On Top) technique that I used on the Star-Fighter. While some of it may seem simplistic to most, some younger builders may not know necessary how to achieve some of the techniques such as making a bottom surface flat. This will be covered in some detail. I have not read any Guides to SNOT, although I'm sure they are out there. Here is one (or possibly another one) for MOCpages.

II. Talon IV Landing Pad and More



Team Falcon contends that these devices make the childhood game "Red Light, Green Light" exponentially crazier than it already was.










III. Talon IV Starfighter



Onto the figher craft now. The Talon IV is a bulked up version of a star craft I made several years ago. It's somewhat simple, but building in bley made it significantly harder. I had to make the transition eventually since Lego has come up with some amazing detail pieces. I particularly love the "cheese" pieces.







IV. Introduction to basic S.N.O.T. ("Studs Not On Top") Technique

Here begins my introduction to SNOT. As you can tell from the last pic of that series, most of the bottom of the starfighter has been covered with flat pieces. At first I made it a point to cover all studs on top of a MOC. Now I make sure to even cover the bottom of my MOCs, to give a truly sleek feeling overall.

This is the part which I want to focus on first. Hopefully from the pictures I have taken, you will see how I managed to get top and bottom flat.







These 1x5 bendy pieces (that's what I call them anyway) are essential SNOT pieces. I haven't seen any in sets recently (I don't buy much Lego anymore), but just about every set before 1999 contained them.





These are the two parts, you can see how that 1x5 bendy piece comes into play.







The other sides.








And what it looks like when you put them both together.








Part 2, SNOT techniques on the side.








You can see that 1x5 bendy come into play yet again. Go up and look at one of the cockpit pictures to see the overall effect.






Another pic highlighting 1x5 bendy.








The tail section also used some SNOT technique. I broke it apart so I wouldn't have to explain it. There.







Engine SNOT. Those 1x4's with studs on the side are also essential to elementary SNOT technique.







Talon MkII circa 2002.








Talon MkIII circa 2003. The first Talon can also be found at my Brickshelf gallery. I believe it was the fourth addition. You can sort of tell that the Talon IV isn't a direct evolution of the Talon lineage, it was just me being lazy at picking a new name.


Talon MkIV, 2009.


Consider yourself educated. Peace out, home-g's.
~Jon Newsome

P.S. A shout out to Sean Kenney and anyone else who helped in the development of the new MOCpages. I have found the changes simply fantastic.



Comments

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  July 13, 2009
Very cool! Excellent fighter!
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  July 12, 2009
Yet another lovely design. The ship is nice, and it is nice to see that you are sharing your techniques with others. Lee.
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  May 8, 2009
Awesome, I really like those infantry- there's nothing like a good lot of soldiers.
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  April 23, 2009
Awesome! Great design and details!
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  March 23, 2009
when was this posted?
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  March 23, 2009
This is an really awesome MOC! Great fighter, great base and your introduction is very useful! - Thanks for your nice comment, it is very hortative to get nice comments. And believe me: The count of pieces will be astonomical! - Kevin
Jon N
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masterchief 1
  February 14, 2009
Very cool!
Jon N
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masterchief 1
  February 14, 2009
Very cool!
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  February 13, 2009
So that's what SNOT means. I"ve been wondering. I knew it couldn't be the nose variety. As per the creation itself, it's awesome. I love the hangar, and the soldiers are very detailed.
Jon N
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Patrick Leon
  January 28, 2009
This is great!
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  January 13, 2009
Awesome er Excellent er Epi- oh there's no use. I will never find a word to compliment this creation. Also, have you been on any surf servers in CS:S? :D
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  January 7, 2009
Nice work Jon, at first I thought the black trail was a crash skid mark. I think that the base structures could use some adornment either in the form of tiles or greebs.
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  January 5, 2009
Quite nice. Looks like it took some time to collect the infantry torso parts: I only have two of them.
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  January 4, 2009
Thanks for sharing! To bad those hinges are out of production, great technique though. ~M
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  January 4, 2009
Very good building.
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  January 4, 2009
Speaking of SNOT, check out my Droid Attack Speeder when you get the chance (it's in the Star Wars: Ground Vehicles folder).
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  January 4, 2009
Studs Not On Bottom? SNOB?! Very informative, though I should mention… well, I think there's SNOT all over your Talon MkIV. XD
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  January 4, 2009
Nice build! Great color work, and BEAUTIFUL presentation. Many thanks for sharing the building tips as well. The hinge technique is something I use constantly for going studs down on a small MOC...great to see others using that technique, and hats off for sharing it with the community!
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  January 4, 2009
Great work! The SNOT on the Talon fighter is excellent, and I would kill (Not literally) to have all those grey helmets.
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  January 4, 2009
Completly and totally way too cool. The ship is VERY sleek, and the hangars are just about the best part!
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  January 3, 2009
Wow, great scene! That SNOT is some of the best I've seen. =)
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  January 3, 2009
Agreed with Justing. Great techniques. Love snot anyway. Thanks for sharing~Joris
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  January 3, 2009
I have now learned the word "1 by 5 bendy." Cool. It's a shame LEGO discontinued them. They're more useful than the new clicky joints in most situations, but now I get e-mails from kids asking whether they are even official LEGO pieces. Ouch. Anyway, great creation!
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  January 3, 2009
Nice job ! So many people are clueless about SNOT. Glad you made this.
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  January 3, 2009
Excellent rebuild of your ship and a great base / landing pad to go with it. I'd like to see this advanced game of red light green light. It sounds fun!
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  January 3, 2009
This looks like a whole lotta fun.
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  January 3, 2009
The entire MOC is great, and the fighter itself is simply awesome. Every parts in the right place !
 
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