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[1.8.9] Use one Model for different Items?


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Hi togehter,


In my mod I define an item-class which is used for several items with different properties.

Every single kind of this item has an own unlocalized name ("item_diarybook_digger_day_" + an integer) - but every kind of the item has the same texture.


Then I try to register the item using

 Minecraft.getMinecraft().getRenderItem().getItemModelMesher().register(ModItems.item_diarybook_digger[i], 0, new ModelResourceLocation(modid + ":item_diarybook_digger", "inventory"));


I hoped that a single Model-Definition, named "item_diarybook_digger.json" can be used, but I get the model definition not found error


[Client thread/ERROR] [FML]: Exception loading model for variant testmod:item_diarybook_digger_day_365#inventory for item "testmod:item_diarybook_digger_day_365"
java.lang.Exception: Could not load model definition for variant testmod:item_diarybook_digger_day_365#inventory


Is it possible to use one model-definition file for serveral items? If so: What I'm doing wrong?


Thanks and best,



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Wait, you are making 365 different items? Why not use metadata?

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Yes, it is totally possible.

What are you doing wrong?

  • How is the unlocalized name relevant here?
  • Use

    in preInit, not the



  • Why generate the ModelResourceLocation painfully manually like that?
    new ModelResourceLocation(item.getRegistryName(), "inventory")

    will work fine and allow you to use the same for every item.

  • Why are you still on 1.8.9?


If that does not fix it, post more of your code.


Thanks, that helped a lot. Don't know really why it was a problem. ;-)


We are using 1.8.9 because we don't want to have some 1.9 and 1.10 features of Minecraft within our project.

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