import .3ds error

I downloaded a 3ds model (found here: and tried to import it via the File Menu:
File->Import->3D Studio.

I get the following error in the console:

Compiled with Python version 2.5.
Checking for installed Python… got it!

Importing “C:\3ds\M_MAN3.3DS”
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “<string>”, line 646, in my_callback
File “<string>”, line 634, in load_3ds
File “<string>”, line 603, in process_main_chunk
File “<string>”, line 260, in process_object_block
File “<string>”, line 199, in getUniqueName
ValueError: object “object_1” not found

Although another user had a similar problem (, I am still getting the same error. I am running Python 2.5 and blender 2.45 and Windows XP.

I have downloaded other 3d models and I get similar error messages indicating that a certain object cannot be found. I am assuming it’s searching for the actual 3d object specified in the 3ds file.