Introduction: Make a LEGO Abrams Tank

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

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

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

Step 4: Front and Back Detail

Step 5: Turret

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

Step 6: Finished!


Samuel_Loves_Balling made it! (author)2017-07-25

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

starboy113 made it! (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!!!

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

Stop motion is epeec!

meepinater made it! (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 made it! (author)2016-12-22

can minifigures fit inside the turret?

King_of_Creepers101 made it! (author)2016-11-08

I'm going to make when i get the right


Gamerboy117 made it! (author)2016-10-13

you should've put treads on it

Hugo Burrowes made it! (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 made it! (author)2016-01-15

I have only tried out mini tank designs.

Papa-charlie made it! (author)2016-01-15

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

pink ninja pwr made it! (author)2014-07-07

Ha ha I'm done!

Sam DeRose made it! (author)Sam DeRose2014-07-21

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

Toxic Dan made it! (author)Toxic Dan 2015-12-10

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

Darkangel78 made it! (author)2015-10-31

I did the whole thing with some minor changes.

just plain Ben made it! (author)2015-09-11

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

ttoyryla made it! (author)2014-07-25

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

Cuber31 made it! (author)Cuber312015-06-25


just plain Ben made it! (author)just plain Ben2015-09-11


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

It looks awesome!

Nerfuser115 made it! (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 made it! (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 made it! (author)2014-08-02

Man, this is AWESOME!!!

pink ninja pwr made it! (author)2014-07-03

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

Kevin hardy made it! (author)2014-02-14

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

ladieslilman98 made it! (author)2014-01-18

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

Johanthebest made it! (author)2013-08-31

wow thanks

poofrabbit made it! (author)2013-08-10

Looks great! Voted for ya, good luck!

Sam DeRose made it! (author)Sam DeRose2013-08-15

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 made it! (author)poofrabbit2013-08-18

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

TheDoctor11 made it! (author)2013-07-21

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

TheDoctor11 made it! (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 made it! (author)Sam DeRose2013-07-21

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

TheDoctor11 made it! (author)2013-07-21

And I love the background On this!

The Fig made it! (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 made it! (author)2013-07-01

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

indiggio made it! (author)2013-07-01

This is amazing!

M.C. Langer made it! (author)2013-07-01

WOW!! Great job!

Sam DeRose made it! (author)Sam DeRose2013-07-01


J-Five made it! (author)J-Five2013-07-01

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

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