Introduction: Make a LEGO Abrams Tank

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This post will show you how to make your very own Abrams tank out of lego! This one is beige, but you could use black or grey and it would look just as awesome.

My brother has been working on a lego stop motion movie for about 3 years now. Its called P.A.I.R.D and I actually dont remember what it stands for, but it is really great. I spend several hours every week building the sets and props with him. We have built everything from the White House to outdoor markets in Egypt, and now the story is set in Libya. For one scene my brother needed a couple realistic looking tanks, so we did what we always do! First we pulled up a bunch of images on google, and then we started building, and rebuilding, and building some more. This design is based very closely off of the Abrams tank, and it took us about 3 hours to get just right. 

To build this tank, I would recommend enlarging the first photo and then using the "next photo" arrow to easily move through the pictures, this way you won't miss any of the annotations that tell you which pieces to put where, if the color of the piece matters, etc. 

Just a couple notes on the names I'll be using for the pieces:

Bricks are the regular stereotypical lego blocks
Plates are the thin versions of bricks (3 stacked plates is as tall as a brick)
Beams are bricks with holes in them
Pegs go in the holes in beams
Slopes are the bricks with a slope on one side
Tiles are plates without studs


Step 1: Chassis

Picture of Chassis
The first step is building the chassis. For this step, you will need the following pieces:
  • 14 matching 2-stud wheels
  • 14 frictionless pegs (grey) or axel pegs (depending on wheel type) to connect wheels to chassis
  • 4 friction pegs (black)
  • 2 1x2 stud beams with 2 holes each
  • 2 1x8 beams
  • 2 1x10 beams 
  • 1 6x8 'beam square' 
  • 2 1x6 plates 

Step 2: Main Body

Picture of Main Body

Now its time to build the main body. The 'rainbow' structure underneath the beige top plates is not ideal, haha, but it works! This is just sort of a product of me building this from the ground up for the first time. If I had the time and patients to re-design it, I would. But it works! 

Step 3: Side Panels

Picture of Side Panels

Step 4: Front and Back Detail

Picture of Front and Back Detail

Step 5: Turret

Picture of Turret

Now its time to make the turret for the tank! Follow the instructions in the annotations in each picture.

Step 6: Finished!

Picture of Finished!


Samuel_Loves_Balling (author)2017-12-14

Does anyone happen to have a pdf for this?

CaptainRex (author)2017-12-12

Hm, what about treads?

Clayton116 made it! (author)2017-12-01

I made it! Its awesome! I had to treak the main gun a bit, but altogether, this is amazing! Also the youtube stopmotion is really cool!

docman100 (author)2017-10-14

really great tank, have to make it. And good job to those who already made it, :)

TraymasD made it! (author)2017-09-25

Behold The Bat-Tank! I might do a YouTube review on it

YOUTUBEFREEKYOYO (author)2017-09-07

wow... it looks like a factory produced design! you are good!

Samuel_Loves_Balling (author)2017-07-25

Does anyone happen to have a parts list for this moc on bricklink?

starboy113 (author)2017-02-20

I made it but I modified it to be a PZ.IIJ from world of tanks. sadly I do not have an image. (panzer 2)

meepinater made it! (author)2016-12-23

My firestorm tank!!!

meepinater (author)2016-12-23

i made it!!!! i will post a picture as soon as it uploads. i modified the turret, so it looks more "me" and i changed the coloring and style of some parts. But it is awesome! thanks SOO much for this instructable!!

meepinater (author)2016-12-23

Stop motion is epeec!

meepinater (author)2016-12-23

I have a youtbe channel, just search jack campbell stop motion. They are really cool! i have car crash, several transformers, and a billion lego/mega bloks!!!!!

meepinater (author)2016-12-22

can minifigures fit inside the turret?

King_of_Creepers101 (author)2016-11-08

I'm going to make when i get the right


Gamerboy117 (author)2016-10-13

you should've put treads on it

Hugo Burrowes (author)2016-07-30

Dang i wish i had these pieces - i made an epic attack helicopter tho.

I should post it but i'm not sure how : (

Papa-charlie (author)2016-01-15

I have only tried out mini tank designs.

Papa-charlie (author)2016-01-15

Very well made and economic homemade design. This photo is a professional one from the internet.

pink ninja pwr (author)2014-07-07

Ha ha I'm done!

Cool! Did you take any photos you can post here? I'd love to see it.

Toxic Dan (author)Sam DeRose2015-12-10

Thanks for the instructions I'm Sabrina up to go to a piack a brick store and get the parts I need thanks ?

Darkangel78 (author)2015-10-31

I did the whole thing with some minor changes.

just plain Ben (author)2015-09-11

I built a challenger II but I used your build for inspiration. it truly is amazing

ttoyryla (author)2014-07-25

If you didn't use instructions, you sir have a gift.

Cuber31 (author)ttoyryla2015-06-25


just plain Ben (author)Cuber312015-09-11


Kevichino 42 made it! (author)2015-08-15

It looks awesome!

Nerfuser115 (author)2015-07-22

you should sell those tanks!!!!!!for about $15.00 bucks you would have a lot of Legos and one you get more money you get more Lego to keep selling!

Cuber31 made it! (author)2015-06-26

I had to improvise on the turret

swaggadoodle (author)2015-03-01

This is pretty cool and it made me sign up to this site!

JorgensonDE made it! (author)2015-02-06

I finished up putting this tank together. It is an impressive creation. I
became frustrated on the very first step when I discovered I had no 10
stud beams and only 1 8 stud beam. I made it work but the wheels aren't
as uniformed as I would have liked.

Towards the end, there were a few improvements I made. Nothing major,
just added reinforcement for the armored plates on the turrent.

nintenbro64 (author)2014-08-02

Man, this is AWESOME!!!

pink ninja pwr (author)2014-07-03

Cool I'm about to make it wright now:)

Kevin hardy (author)2014-02-14

you genius Sam DeRose leave me a comment please...

ladieslilman98 (author)2014-01-18

oh man! this makes me want to go out and buy legos.....

Johanthebest (author)2013-08-31

wow thanks

poofrabbit (author)2013-08-10

Looks great! Voted for ya, good luck!

Sam DeRose (author)poofrabbit2013-08-15

Thanks! Just a friendly FYI, I can't win contests since I'm an Instructables employee, so be sure to also vote for someone else too!

poofrabbit (author)Sam DeRose2013-08-18

Awe what a bummer! No worries, I have voted for others that I found pretty slick as well. :)

TheDoctor11 (author)2013-07-21

This is cool, but at the beginning describing Plates, you said think instead of thin.

TheDoctor11 (author)TheDoctor112013-07-21

Here it is

Plates are the think versions of bricks (3 stacked plates is as tall as a brick)

Sam DeRose (author)TheDoctor112013-07-21

Oh yeah thanks for catching that! I need a proof-reader... My spelling and english are so bad, haha.

TheDoctor11 (author)2013-07-21

And I love the background On this!

The Fig (author)2013-07-09

This is a really cool tank. I really like how you've got the shape without manipulating the parts. Awesome work, definitely one I'll be trying out soon.

gcanders (author)2013-07-01

Great job. I will be making this with my son very soon.

indiggio (author)2013-07-01

This is amazing!

M.C. Langer (author)2013-07-01

WOW!! Great job!

Sam DeRose (author)M.C. Langer2013-07-01


J-Five (author)Sam DeRose2013-07-01

Cool I'd make this. Also I believe you mean to say "tanks".

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