reconstructions made by Travis along with original fossil material (tibia heads, some toe bones and gastralia). For the missing axial skeleton I used my rebuilt Ants Allosaurus model: I warped the image in Photoshop to match the proportions of the fossil material, painted-in the missing scleral rings (eyes) and furcula (wishbone). The result is shown below. It formed the basis for subsequent representations.
Further, Nelson made a smaller, more affordable version on request from David and Judy Elliott, the founders of AAOD. It is also beautiful and looks like a perfect juvenile specimen when standing alongside the larger original.
I don't know how many will be produced, hopefully enough to satisfy demand. Each is cast in custom bronze alloys of varying hardness to suit the structure and hand-soldered to create each mount. Every one is truly an individual hand-made work of art! Nelson has been refining his bronze skeleton miniatures for many years and developed not only the expertise in creating them but also a great knowledge of dinosaur anatomy—he just knows how to get it right.
So this project and the bronze skeleton miniatures that resulted from it are very satisfying to me. I've no doubt AAOD got the best possible outcome. Truly a work of art and a fitting and historic tribute to Australia's most exciting dinosaur discovery.
My examples were kind gifts—the larger from AAOD in recognition of my contributions to the project and the smaller from Nelson himself. Both are prize possessions!