When creating a SkeletalMeshComponent in Actor Constructor, why is it null in BeginPlay?

I am using the following code to load a Skeletal Mesh into a Skeletal Mesh Component, then load an Animation Blueprint into it. But when I run this, BeginPlay prints “FirstPersonMesh is null” instead of loading the AnimInstance. I’m not sure why this would be the case, since it appears to be loaded just fine in the constructor, but then becomes null before BeginPlay is called.

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    #include “RMC_Examples.h”
    #include “BaseActor.h”

    // Sets default values
    // Set this actor to call Tick() every frame. You can turn this off to improve performance if you don’t need it.
    PrimaryActorTick.bCanEverTick = true;

      FirstPersonMesh = NewObject<USkeletalMeshComponent>(this, TEXT("BaseActor"));
      RootComponent = FirstPersonMesh;
      static ConstructorHelpers::FObjectFinder<USkeletalMesh> mesh(TEXT("SkeletalMesh'/Game/mobs/warriors/all_warrior.all_warrior'"));// );
      USkeletalMesh* LoadedObject = mesh.Object;//load the object as per tutorial below or use static load object directly, or use ObjectFinder.
      										  //The critical part
      if (LoadedObject && FirstPersonMesh)
      	FirstPersonMesh->SetWorldScale3D(FVector( 100.0f, 100.0f, 100.0f));
      	//static ConstructorHelpers::FObjectFinder<UAnimBlueprintGeneratedClass> MeshAnimClass(TEXT("AnimBlueprintGeneratedClass'/Game/mobs/warriors/all_warrior_AnimBlueprint.all_warrior_AnimBlueprint'"));
      	static ConstructorHelpers::FObjectFinder<UAnimBlueprint> FoundAnimBP(TEXT("/Game/mobs/warriors/all_warrior_AnimBlueprint.all_warrior_AnimBlueprint"));
      	UAnimBlueprintGeneratedClass* PreviewBP = FoundAnimBP.Object->GetAnimBlueprintGeneratedClass();
      	static ConstructorHelpers::FObjectFinder<UAnimSequence> anim(TEXT("AnimSequence'/Game/mobs/warriors/all_warrior_Anim.all_warrior_Anim'"));
      	AnimSequenceBase = anim.Object;


    // Called when the game starts or when spawned
    void ABaseActor::BeginPlay()

      if (GEngine)
      	GEngine->AddOnScreenDebugMessage(-1, 5.f, FColor::Green, TEXT("Code Begin Play"));
      if (FirstPersonMesh)
      	UAnimInstance *AnimInst = FirstPersonMesh->GetAnimInstance();
      	if (AnimInst)
      		UE_LOG(LogTemp, Warning, TEXT("AnimInst exists"));
      		AnimInst->PlaySlotAnimationAsDynamicMontage(AnimSequenceBase, TEXT("UpperBody"), 0.1f, 0.1f, 1.0f, 30.0f);
      	else {
      		UE_LOG(LogTemp, Warning, TEXT("AnimInst does not exist"));
      else {
      	UE_LOG(LogTemp, Warning, TEXT("FirstPersonMesh is null"));


    // Called every frame
    void ABaseActor::Tick( float DeltaTime )
    Super::Tick( DeltaTime );


Hey Pteronix,

Instead of FirstPersonMesh = NewObject(this, TEXT("BaseActor"));

Let’s try using:

FirstPersonMesh = CreateDefaultSubobject<USkeletalMeshComponent>(TEXT("BaseActor));

New Object is typically used outside of the constructor, meaning if you wanted to create a component at runtime.

Let me know if that makes a difference.