Introduction: K'nex Tank M1 Abrams
Hello everyone, this is my version of a M1 Abrams tank. I've been building knex tanks for a year or so and i liked this tankdesign so much that i gave it a try to recreate with k'nex. The tank can drive and there is also a small mechanism that can make the cannon do a recoil. but there are also some things i need to work on, some dimensions are not correct so I need to work those away.
2 Green K'nex motors (optional)
Grey connector: 222
Light grey connector: 29
Red connectors: 26
Green connectors: 36
Yellow connectors: 100
Orange connectors: 31
White connectors: 23
Blue connectosr: 25
Black Y connectors: 23
Tan connectors: 25
Black blue hinges: 4
Grey spacers: 31
Blue spacers: 12
34 spacers for between the wheels( can also be Y connectors or for example grey connectors)
Green rods: 240
White rods: 304
Blue rods: 14+2 flexible blue rods
Yellow rod: 3
Red rod: 3
Grey rod: 10
Non K'nex parts:
Small loom elastics to hold some parts in place
some numbers may be wrong, but i made sure that they are not too off.
Step 1: Step 1: Building the Chassis
The chassis is the biggest step, also if you read this first, the motors need to be upside down. I forgot this when I rebuild it for tutorial. if the motors are up you will have a hard time to activate the buttons.
Step 2: Step 2: Building the Turret
I'm happy with how the turret turned out. but I love the recoil of the gun the most. it's just a small feature that adds a feeling of a real firing gun. especially because the model was too small to build something of a working cannon in it.
Step 3: Step 3: Coaxial Machine Guns (Optional)
The coaxial machine guns need to be build with the smaller version of K'nex. it is not necessary to add these but I thought it was cool to add.
Step 4: Step 4: Assembly of the Tank
Finally your tank is completed! to let it drive you just hold the tank up by its front and turn the motors on. only when you let the wheels with the motors touch the tracks it will drive. keep in mind when for example you let the tank drive on a small elevation, the wheels will come off the ground and won't touch the tracks that will lead to the tank stop driving. its just good for flat terrain.
Step 5: Finished or Not?
If you have any difficulties with building the tank just ask and I will try to help. and if you find mistakes, you should definitely say so. Until then, bye.
5 months ago
Dang this tank is big! So far so good. Will post pics when finished
Reply 4 months ago
With my way of building I let the wheels define the length and height of the model and the K'nex wheels are rather big. Not that I have any problem with that, it only looks cooler! I would really like to see your finished tank!
2 years ago
Awesome! Will definitely build soon.
Reply 1 year ago
I think this tank is the best ible I’ve seen for Knex tank. I hope I can build it soon!
Reply 1 year ago
well thanks for the compliment! I hope that you are able to build it as well!
2 years ago
that's looking awesome dude :D
Reply 2 years ago
thanks! that really means a lot! this is my first instructable and I wasn't sure what the reactions would be.