• J.V. Becker

Dunkle's Return is Lurking in Kit-Form

A slow, intimidating shadow looms over the muddy river bottom... Best to stay hidden behind whatever broken log or rocks you can find. There won't be enough time with the visibility at less than an arm's length away if passing jaws find your figure there.


Dunkleosteus is the most formidable predator in these waters.


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Designed with vegetable tanned leather and suede, this prehistoric placoderm glides over a dark and murky bed of snapped, stuck sticks and thick, black muck... with the odd residing trilobite here or there doing their very best to blend in and be still as the crushing force passes over them in heavy underwater silence.



The oil-stained wooden base is made from basswood and engraved with secret details while the whole lower portion is assembled as a puzzle with the display pegs and the environmental accessories holding the scene together into place.


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Dunkleosteus is one of the most challenging, restructured skeletons I've ever made. Since beyond the found fossils of the daunting and heavy head armor, there have been no full records of this animal's skeletal structure preserved. This is because finding samples of a prehistoric beast from such an early period as the Devonian, over 400 million years ago, is almost an impossibility, which is why later relatives have been used to speculate and form this beautiful and dangerous prehistoric monster of the seaways.



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