Make a LEGO Abrams Tank

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Introduction: Make a LEGO Abrams Tank

About: Freelance mechanical engineer from the Bay Area.

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


Enjoy!

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!

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48 Discussions

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imawaffle
imawaffle

3 months ago

great job man! i had to replace the barel pieces with the 2x2 cylenders so it wouldent fall apart.

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kmccormick237
kmccormick237

3 months ago

p.a.i.r.d. is a very cool film!

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Kaidenthewolf
Kaidenthewolf

Tip 3 months ago

The tank is awesome and you should make more things

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CaptainRex
CaptainRex

2 years ago

Hm, what about treads?

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Flamsquid1
Flamsquid1

Reply 4 months ago

Use gears instead of wheels

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EmilioG8
EmilioG8

Question 2 years ago on Step 2

How do you put the bricks on the turnable 4x4?

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docman100
docman100

2 years ago

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

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YOUTUBEFREEKYOYO
YOUTUBEFREEKYOYO

2 years ago

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

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Samuel_Loves_Balling

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

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starboy113
starboy113

3 years ago

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)

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meepinater
meepinater

3 years ago

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!!

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meepinater
meepinater

3 years ago

Stop motion is epeec!

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meepinater
meepinater

3 years ago

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!!!!!

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meepinater
meepinater

3 years ago

can minifigures fit inside the turret?

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Gamerboy117
Gamerboy117

3 years ago

you should've put treads on it

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Hugo Burrowes
Hugo Burrowes

4 years ago

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

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

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Papa-charlie
Papa-charlie

4 years ago

I have only tried out mini tank designs.

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Papa-charlie
Papa-charlie

4 years ago

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

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