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#1 Xiphactinus

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 03:49 PM

Took 6 years from discovery to completion, but it's DONE!!!!
All 17 feet of the bad boy. Note the 4 foot drywall square for scale. The dark area in the middle is where I joined the last two pieces. It will lighten, but I couldn't wait the 3-4 days it will take to share the picture!!

17 foot Xiphactinus audax. Niobrara Chalk, Kansas

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 03:55 PM

Took 6 years from discovery to completion, but it's DONE!!!!
All 17 feet of the bad boy. Note the 4 foot drywall square for scale. The dark area in the middle is where I joined the last two pieces. It will lighten, but I couldn't wait the 3-4 days it will take to share the picture!!

17 foot Xiphactinus audax. Niobrara Chalk, Kansas

WOW, Awesome. Nice Prep job
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Posted 19 August 2008 - 03:56 PM

WOW! It looks great now to make a wall outta that bad boy :P

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 03:57 PM

Too small I think you should throw it back ;) An amazing fossil for sure.I can empathise with you on the labor involved especially if you have a better half----they just don't understand the desire to complete.Did you find youself rushing towards the end?
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Posted 19 August 2008 - 03:58 PM

WOW! It looks great now to make a wall outta that bad boy :P

That's the plan!

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 03:59 PM

Too small I think you should throw it back ;) An amazing fossil for sure.I can empathise with you on the labor involved especially if you have a better half----they just don't understand the desire to complete.Did you find youself rushing towards the end?

I tried not to rush, but it was hard not to. I would force myself to stop and walk away for awhile. My better half (and 3 boys) are all into collecting so they don't give me any grief for prepping.

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 04:00 PM

Took 6 years from discovery to completion, but it's DONE!!!!
All 17 feet of the bad boy. Note the 4 foot drywall square for scale. The dark area in the middle is where I joined the last two pieces. It will lighten, but I couldn't wait the 3-4 days it will take to share the picture!!

17 foot Xiphactinus audax. Niobrara Chalk, Kansas

Hear that? That was my jaw hitting the floor. VERY impressive. Job well done!!

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 04:14 PM

I...............................................................................
........am speechless!
Congratulations on having what must be one of the most impressive fossils in private hands. :applause:
What an effort! You going to Disneyworld now? :P

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 04:16 PM

I cannot say the first few words that came out of my mouth when I first veiwed that monster!!! My wife heard me from the living room and came in to take a look at what I was seeing!!!!
So heres the thing Mr. Snafu dude. How about if I put a downpayment of 200 bucks, then you ship it to me, and then I pay you 100 bucks a month for 100 years? HA!!! Ok, seriously though, how in the heck do you move somthing like that!? It has to wiegh a ton? and not only that, but if someone was to buy it, who in the heck has a wall big enough to hang it on? Its absolutly amazing! I just cant get over it! Here we all are in this fossil community with 99.9 % of us putting on pictures of sharks teeth, the occasional crab, an ammo or two, some clams and gastros here and there, the occasional bone or such, some ehc's, and then you come and post a pic of that MONSTER!! You really should be super proud of yourself to get something like that done and accomplished! Cudos to you man!!! I do love fossil prepping, but even if I had the time, (6 years), I still dont think I would have the stamina to stick with it? In my book, you are now 'The Dude' the 'Superman of Prep', heck, "The Fossil Guy of the Intire Planet!!!! I need to know your real name, so that I can tell everyone that I know you, and feel important! HA!! Just kidding. Just no words really to say just how nice a fossil that really is. I would love to get a picture of me laying besides that thing. That would make for a cool picture.
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Posted 19 August 2008 - 04:27 PM

...so that I can tell everyone that I know you, and feel important!

"I'm a member of the same Forum as this guy!" B)
Seriously, I'm showing all my friends!

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 04:28 PM

Thanks for the kind words!
As far as weight....It comes apart into 3 pieces. I haven't weighed them, but I estimate the heaviest (head and 8 feet) weighs 200 or so pounds....middle about 100 and tail about 35. Not as bad as you might think. Weight is the reason I made it in the shape of the fish instead of in a rectangle frame. There would have been a lot of "dead" space that would just be filled with heavy plaster.

As far as a wall big enough...I built the room to fit the fish! I have a nice (reinforced) wall that it will fit on nicely.

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 04:36 PM

Absolutely stunning!!!!!

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 04:43 PM

The mind reels at the creature and the work you put in prepping it. Just amazing. Now, what do you do for an encore?

Would you mind recounting the story of finding this monster? I don't think I've seen a posting describing that experience.
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Posted 19 August 2008 - 04:46 PM

Very impressive! A real museum quality piece.

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 04:46 PM

Thanks for the kind words!
As far as weight....It comes apart into 3 pieces. I haven't weighed them, but I estimate the heaviest (head and 8 feet) weighs 200 or so pounds....middle about 100 and tail about 35. Not as bad as you might think. Weight is the reason I made it in the shape of the fish instead of in a rectangle frame. There would have been a lot of "dead" space that would just be filled with heavy plaster.

As far as a wall big enough...I built the room to fit the fish! I have a nice (reinforced) wall that it will fit on nicely.


You built a room to fit the fossil!! Holy Cow!! Ive seen and heard alot of stuff about fossils, but this is truly a first!!! Are you going to have to hire someone to sit at the front door to sell tickets? HA!! I think I just might buy one!
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Posted 19 August 2008 - 04:47 PM

What all the others said and more,_ _ _ I just can't find the words :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:
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Posted 19 August 2008 - 04:47 PM

:o best fossil i've ever seen in a private collection :o

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 04:55 PM

:o best fossil i've ever seen in a private collection :o


WOW :wub:

I now understand your username :D

6 years!!! That's a long time! It's really an awesome piece! How did you find it and get it all together. I read you said it was in three pieces, did you get it out in three pieces from the ground ?

Forum trip to Kansas anyone? :D :D :D
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Posted 19 August 2008 - 04:56 PM

here's a thread about finding and prepping it from awhile back. You can see some of the progress here:
http://www.thefossil...p?showtopic=857

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 06:17 PM

Way to go!! I was waiting for this final posting... Really impressive find and work. Bravo!!



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