Coming Soon!

 BrantWorks Allosaurus fragilis skeleton Kit 

Of all the models on this website, the one I get the most requests for is the Ants Allosaurus skeleton, but alas, it has been out of production for over a decade. Further, so few were made that it's near-impossible to find a copy (it took me over 5 years to find mine and that was pure luck).

 At Long Last; an all-new and improved Allosaurus skeleton is in the works! 

Available mid 2014, the BrantWorks Allosaur will be even larger than the original Ants model. Every bone will be precisely scaled to the osteological description in the classic Madsen 1976 monograph. For all those who want to own an accurate Allosaurus skeleton, the wait is nearly over! With about 200 separate parts and measuring ~740 mm in length, this will be a spectacular addition to any collection.


For more information see the progress photos and FAQs page


If you want to own this skeleton email me at  brantworks@gmail.com  and I’ll reserve one for you—Brant.

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NEW

Aug 14: T. rex mount by Roel Weijenberg—photos

Jul 14: T. rex mount by Leo Burton—photos

Jun 14: Kaiyodo DINOLAND mini skull collection

Mar 14: Another sighting—Ants Allosaur Vinikour mount—photos

Jan 14: Progress photos and FAQs page for the BrantWorks Allosaur model kit added

Dec 13: Allosaurus skull reference images

Jan 14: Sightings for Wiccart Ramphorhynchus and Ants Allosaurus

Dec 13: Allosaurus skull reference images

Nov 13: Smilodon—bronze skeleton by skelmaker Nelson Maniscalco

Oct 13: BrantWorks Allosaurus Kit announced
BrantWorks website rebuild begins

Jan 13: Australovenator—bronze skeletons by skelmaker Nelson Maniscalco

Jun 12: Skelmaker Bruce Mohn: Archaeopteryx, Compsognathus, Pterodactylus, Rhamphorhynchus

Jun 12: M1 Godzilla photos & Last Moments Diorama

May 12: Dorsal views of dinosaur skeletons

Jan 12: Shigeru Stegosaurus Taiwanese recast kit

Dec 11: Rhamphorynchus skeleton parts photos

Nov 11: Elasmosaurus platyurus skeleton

Nov 11: Velociraptor rebuild progress

Jul 11: Skelmaker Nelson Maniscalco—UPDATED

Jun 11: Master Fossil Velociraptor skeleton

Jun 11: Velociraptor skeleton (Taiwanese recast)

May 11: Ceratosaurus build-up by Leonard

Apr 11: Ants Euoplocephalus skull

Apr 11: Wiccart Herrerasaurus skull

Apr 11: Press reviews of several Wiccart kits

Mar 11: Instructions: Kaiyodo Velociraptor skeleton

Feb 11: Instructions: Ceratoaurus, Stegosaurus

Jan 11: Brantworks Deinonychus skull buildup

Jan 11: Platecarpus, Oviraptor, & Styracosaurus skulls

Dec 10: Rhamphorynchus skeleton update

Dec 10: Deinonychus skeleton kits

Nov 10: Riojasuchus skull

Nov 10: Gilmore's 1920 Allosaurus pelvis images

Aug 10: Wiccart models

Jun 10: Ceratosaurus page

May 10: Skelmakers page

Feb 10: Ants postcard 5, T.rex press

Feb 10: Dinoland, Steg, Velo, Step-By-Step

Jan 10: Remodelled elasmosaur neck photo

Dec 09: Apatosaurus skull update

Dec 09: ANTS Press (1998 PT interview)

Nov 09: Velociraptor kit page

Oct 09:  New T. rex sightings, diorama & adverts

About

We all make models; building and refining models in our head is how we make sense of the world. To understand how a dinosaur is put together it's really helpful to handle each bone, look at the hidden details, see how each connects to those around it, and view an entire skeleton from all angles. That's what a good accurate scale model allows.

Here you'll find descriptions of such models; each represents the original animal as faithfully as possible. Most were produced as kits, however some are rare or long out of production and it's difficult to find information about them, so one aim of this website is simply to document them.

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I collect the best models I can find and use them to further refine complete skeletons to a more original state. This usually involves re-sculpting or detailing individual bones, updating the skeleton according to new information and articulating the whole into a realistic composition. This requires good research skills, a myriad of crafting and sculpting techniques and an eye for detail. A full skeleton is a complex thing and it takes time and patience to construct. Most of my models remain a work in progress; I continue to refine them as time allows and as new information becomes available.

Skeletons

Our understanding of dinosaurs has changed so much in recent years and, with a little perseverance, good information is not hard to source. For me, researching and refining a skeleton model is a rewarding puzzle. Each individual bone is a challenge and a subject in itself while a correctly articulated whole is a symphony of form, pose and structure.

Why skeletons? Because they are the most tangible dinosaur artifacts we have. Gigantic fossil dinosaur bones are elemental, surreal, and fantastic objects that we can actually touch! They bridge the worlds of the real and the imagined better than anything I know.

I find fleshed-out dinosaur reconstructions less interesting, mainly because they necessarily rely on a large amount of guesswork. They're also quickly outdated. Short of a Wayback Machine we’ll never really know what a T. rex actually did look like; the colors, patterns, scales, feathers and horn it was adorned with. At least a dinosaur skeleton can, with enough fossil evidence, be reconstructed with great accuracy. Despite this, much contemporary dinosaur art still contradicts skeletal evidence and most representations in popular culture are based more on tradition than any reality.

Unfortunately, even dinosaur skeletons are often poorly presented, and a reconstruction in natural bone (as you will find here) is rare indeed! We seem to expect these magnificent animals remain incomplete crumbling relics; mere shadows. To be fair, one reason for this is simply that the bigger animals are so huge that creating full-scale reconstructions is prohibitively difficult and expensive. Working with scaled-down versions is a very practical and insightful alternative—not to mention great fun.

Brant