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Technical Readout N & B (Cover Art)
Technical Readout: N & B
Product information
Type Technical Readout
Author Henry Chen (Editor)
Primary writing Various Writers
Pages 268
Cover artwork Unspecified
Interior artwork Existing Canon & Fan Artists
  • Chris Lewis
  • Duane Loose
  • Matt Plog
  • Dana Knutson
  • Various Fan Artist (Unlisted)
Publication information
First published November 7th, 2005
Era Civil War Era
Timeline 3067
Download Link = PDF Download
Followed by Technical Readout: N & B II


Technical Readout: Nuts & Bolts (abbreviated TRO: N&B), is the first volume of a fan produced TRO created by the defunct Battletech fan-ran Solaris7 Battletech website. The book was result of a world-wide fan produced player competition to created units players would like to play. Individual players wrote the contents of units presented in this book.

Included in this book included profiles of player produced BattleMechs using Technology levels found in BattleTech Master Rules, Revised Edition Book (BMR) Rules and (then) experimental rules found in the Maximum Tech. Also included in the book as a fan created weapon known as the Rail Gun, forerunner of the Gauss Rifle.

Description of Competition[]

The Nuts and Bolts competition issued a simple challenge: use only two examples of the Level 2 rules technology to build and create a storyline for a machine that will be compared with others of its kind. Every participant was armed with two “tech slots” each, sparking a firestorm of competition in superior combat design and background writing. After every challenge, the runner-up added one additional “slot,” and the winner gained two additional “slots” that would be applied to the creation of their next entry/

Publisher's Description[]

"''EVEN THE MIGHTY SLDF had to face the limits of reality. Despite being blessed with brilliant scientists, genius technicians and resources from thousands of worlds, the great war machine manufacturers of the age could only do so much. Logistics, cost and politics forced engineers to find inspiration from within constraints, and more often then not, they succeeded in spectacular fashion. Unlocked secrets from the past centuries of war reveal a legion of BattleMechs, all previously unknown in the Inner Sphere. Any one of these past glories could serve as a model for the minds of today. Advanced, experimental designs from all ages have been included as a bonus.

Classic BattleTech Technical Readout: N&B presents, compiled together for the first time, the results of a series of design contests held through the online forums at Each contest challenged its participants to create winning designs within a set of parameters. Each section contains a description of the outcome for that particular weight class.''"



Some Images used in this book were original from canon Battletech art found in Technical Readouts published prior to 2005. Contents is not based on canon history or design. Rules to make these Mechs are out of date. However, these designs are still usable.


  • Foreward
  • Introduction
  • Star League BattleMechs
    • Vespa
    • BlueClaw
    • Recluse
    • Shere Khan
    • Trounce
    • Aurora
    • Broadsword
    • Drake
    • Hippakontista
    • Dangmar
    • Cthulu
    • Destroyer
    • Einherjar
    • Gambit
    • Moose
    • Raydric
    • Mundane
    • Starfire
    • Bombardier
    • Liberator
    • Kriger
    • Longshot
    • Bengal
    • Harrier
    • Helepolis
    • Keflah
    • Knightmare
    • Kshatriya
    • Legionnaire
    • Minotaur
    • Mobius
    • Ermine
    • Stormbringer
    • Striker
    • Bear
    • Raiden
    • Tomahawk
    • Balrog
    • Hoplomachus
    • Braveheart
    • Stormblade
    • Dreadnought
    • Goliath
    • Knight That Says Ni
    • Mackie
    • Panesthelia
    • Pythos
    • Redzone
    • Rook
    • Tomahawk
  • Clan BattleMechs
    • Porbeagle
    • Sand Adder
    • Snake Charmer
    • Blizzard Wraith
    • Gargaz
    • Raxx
    • Sphinx Raptor
    • Copperhead
    • Falkier
    • Meekat
    • Pasavolante
    • Ryoken
    • Smoke Bear
    • Snowy Ow
    • Swift Fennec
    • Tailstinger
    • Tarantula IIC
    • Trothkin
    • Bloodstorm
    • SilverClaw
    • Atlatl
    • Cornerback
    • Horned Adder
    • Howling Wolf
    • Lucerne
    • Wolf 3
    • King Snake
    • Klubba
    • Moneko
    • Sabre Cat
    • War Bear
    • Mollymawk
    • Ringhal
    • Ripper
    • Bear IIC
    • Ha Otoko 2
    • Pathfinder
    • Scythe
    • Sidewinder
    • Dauntless
    • Einherjar
    • Exiled Wolf
    • Glacier Claw
    • Mad Cat 4
    • Magonel
    • Skadi
    • Bennu Hawk
    • Ermine IIC
    • Blodig Björn
    • Hellstorm
    • Ouroboros
    • Ares
    • Atlas 216
    • Hawkeye
    • Hyas
    • Hyppolyte
    • Kitten
    • Necro Cat
    • Psychosis
    • Reaper
    • Steel Wyvern IIC
    • ThunderHawk IIC
  • Level 3 BattleMechs
    • WEM-0N Weemon
    • Hollander III LAM
    • Masticator
    • Glowworm
    • Ultimate Squirrel Gun
    • Golem
    • X-1 3 B-345-MUN
    • Archfiend
    • Mammoth Mk II
    • Munchy As Hell
    • Pogo-Mech-o-Deat
  • Special Equipment (Rail Gun)
  • Index / Appendix


Interior various from established artists and fans.

Samples of Art from the Book[]

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