LDraw files for popular Mechaton models

As you might have noticed from my other Mechaton posts, I’m still pretty new to building giant fighty robots out of Lego. Part of learning more about this includes looking at some of the popular Mechaton frames others have made and figuring out how they work.

I haven’t found this easy, as often all you have to go on are some low resolution photos that never seem to include the angle you need. To spare would-be frame builders some of the irritation I went through, I created some LDraw files detailing step-by-step instructions on how to make some of these frames. (You may need to right-click on the .ldr files and “Save Link As…”.)

Classic by D. Vincent Baker The “Classic”
by D. Vincent Baker
Source: Mechaton rules
LDraw file: vincentbaker-classic.ldr
Chucker by D. Vincent Baker Chucker
by D. Vincent Baker
Source: ptimanya designs
LDraw file: vincentbaker-chucker.ldr
5gen by D. Vincent Baker 5gen
by D. Vincent Baker
Source: ptimanya designs
LDraw file: vincentbaker-5gen.ldr
AIn-11 by Joshua A. C. Newman AIn-11
by Joshua A. C. Newman
Source: the glyphpress
LDraw file: joshuanewman-AIn-11.ldr
Radial bot by David Laurence Radial
by David Laurence
Source: Brickshelf
LDraw file: davidlaurence-radial.ldr
Conscript by Soren Conscript
by Soren
Source: Flickr
LDraw file: soren-conscript.ldr
MgN-302 by Malcolm Craig MgN-302
by Malcolm Craig
Source: Mechatonic
LDraw file: malcolmcraig-MgN-302.ldr
Mini-frame by Squieu Mini-frame
by Squieu
Source: Brickshelf
LDraw file: squieu-mini-frame.ldr

To view these files, you’ll need some kind of .ldr viewer. I use Bricksmith, but there are others. Note that a number of viewers can also generate part lists from a model automatically.

There may be part mistakes, as I pretty much just guessed on a lot of things. If you find an error, please drop a comment about it below. It would help if you used the LDraw part numbers to identify both what part is wrong and with what it should be replaced.

Lastly, a plea to all you frame builders out there: when you come up with the next great frame, please give the world an LDraw file for it, so we can marvel at your genius from any angle we like. Heck, post a link to it in a comment below. I’d love to see it.

5 thoughts to “LDraw files for popular Mechaton models”

  1. I’d love to learn LDraw (I’m on a mac, so it would be Bricksmith), but I’m incredibly busy and the software is pretty clunky. I’m happy to collaborate (by posting or emailing breakdown pictures) with others who know the program, though.

  2. These are great!
    Thanks for pointing this program suite out again!
    It has definitely developed a lot further than when I last saw it.
    Job well done.

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