The solution might be with the ‘actualNodeList’ parameter of cloneNodes. Unfortunately, I’ve tried using that with no success (I am very new to MaxScript).
To see what is happening, create a LOD object, select it, and run the following:
for i = 1 to 5 do
maxops.cloneNodes $ offset:[(50*i),0,0] newNodes:&test
When you select one of the clones you can see that it is different from the original object by looking at the list of models in the Level of Detail panel.