In most cases, when producing a sculpture of such size, a smaller scale model, or maquette, is made. Because we have crocodilians living with us today, Gary was able to use the body form of a spectacled caiman as a guide, scaling each proportion to match the fossil bone measurements provided by Dr. Paul Sereno. Next, plywood templates of the side and cross sectional views were cut from plywood, wired together and attached to a base. The entire structure was then covered with wire mesh and the skull (a cast from the actual fossil) was attached.