■ Detail photos of 1/15th scale version
1/15th scale: L 330, H 150, W 80 (mm)
Original Bronzes by Nelson Maniscalco
Welded bronze alloys
15–20+ separate cast parts
Wood base, brass identification plaque
Australovenator is a very special animal. Not only is it the largest, fastest, and most deadly dinosaur ever discovered in Australia, it’s also an animal I know first-hand.
From 2009 to 2011 I was Chief of Operations at Australian Age of Dinosaurs (AAOD). During that time the fossil remains of the holotype specimen of Australovenator (a specimen known as ‘Banjo’) were our pride and joy. Many of Banjo’s bones were prepared and described during my tenure.
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!
Nelson Maniscalco's bronze
to show relative scale.