How to Build a LEGO Steampunk Mech

Written by matt scheer
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How to Build a LEGO Steampunk Mech
Add Lego gear pieces to your mech for a steampunk look. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Lego is a brand of building block toy. Most pieces have a stud and a corresponding depression that allows pieces to connect together. Because there are thousands of unique Lego pieces, the connections are endless and you can make practically anything you want, including a steampunk mech. Steampunk is a genre of fantasy in which advanced technology runs on the steam and geared machinery of the 19th century. A "mech" is a robot that is piloted by a person. Making a steampunk mech out of Legos is a creative project that you can customise to your liking.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2-by-3 plates
  • Downward-sloped bricks
  • Gridded plates
  • Hinged plates
  • 1-by-5 plates
  • Gears
  • Two-studded roped pieces
  • Right-angled holder plates
  • Holder plates
  • Handle-bar plates
  • 2-by-4 brick
  • 1-by-1 round bricks
  • 1-by-1 round stud plates
  • Angle plate
  • 4-by-4 plate
  • Seat
  • Lego person
  • Levers

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  1. 1

    Connect a 2-by-3 black plate to a 2-by-1 black hinged plate. The 2-by-3 plate is the sole of the mech's foot. Attach two brown downward-sloped bricks to the 2-by-3 plate. Attach a 2-by-1 gridded plate to the front of the 2-by-3 plate. The gridded plate doesn't have studs on top; instead, it has bars in a grid pattern. The gridded plate and brown and black colours add to the steampunk look. Repeat this process to make another foot.

  2. 2

    Connect the other half of the hinged plate to a 1-by-5 black plate. This is the leg. Add brown and black gridded plates to the leg to add more to the steampunk style. Add a special two-studded roped piece or special gear pieces to the back of the leg, if you have them. The roped piece looks like a cable with two studs on the end. Repeat this process for the other leg.

  3. 3

    Attach a right-angled holder piece to the top of the leg. The right-angled holder looks like a square plate with two pincher fingers coming off the side at an angle to the plate itself. Connect the handlebar of a handlebar plate to the right-angled holder. The handlebar plate looks like a plate with a handlebar extending from its side. Attach a holder plate to the handlebar plate. The holder plate, unlike the right-angled holder, has two pincher fingers that extend from the side of the plate in line with the plate itself. This last holder will attach to the mech's torso.

  4. 4

    Attach two handlebar plates to either end of a 2-by-4 brick. Attach three 1-by-1 round bricks to the bottom of the 2-by-4 bricks. Attach two round stud plates to each of the 1-by-1 round bricks. These round bricks create three guns on your steampunk mech. Attach the holder plates of the legs to the handlebar plates of the bottom half of the torso of the mech.

  5. 5

    Attach an angle plate to the 2-by-4 brick. The angle plate has a 2-by-2 grid on top and another 2-by-2 grid at a right angle to the top grid. Attach a 4-by-4 plate to the 2-by-2 grid of the angle plate that resides on the side of the 2-by-4 brick. This 4-by-4 plate creates a platform for your Lego person's seat on the mech.

  6. 6

    Connect a seat to the centre of the 4-by-4 plate. Seat your Lego person on it. Connect two levers in front of the seat for your Lego person to hold. Connect a 1-by-1 round brick to the back row of the 4-by-4 plate. Stack two more 1-by-1 round bricks on the first. This creates a chimney stack for the mech. Connect more gridded bricks, rope pieces and handlebar pieces to the platform to polish off the steampunk look.

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