Courtesy of Allan Smith
Allan Smith of Farmington calls himself “a kid that never grew up.”
As a child, Allan was fascinated by dinosaurs and remembers watching Land of the Lost on TV and memorizing dinosaur names. Today, he owns Fossilsmith Studios and continues to pursue his interest in prehistoric life by creating life-like model kits of dinosaurs.
With a professional background in art and graphic design, Allan fell into dino design when his wife gave him a fossil as a Christmas gift, which sparked a fire and renewed his interest in all things dinosaur.
Allan crossed paths with Missouri paleontologist Guy Darrough, who was creating life-size sculptures of dinosaurs. Allan was inspired and started sculpting models of his own. Soon they were on display at museums and botanical gardens in Missouri and beyond, and Allan started getting requests from dinosaur lovers who wanted something they could take home.
Allan sells model kits of several different dinosaurs, including the Bambiraptor and Compsognathus, which were made popular in the Jurassic Park movies. Allan also specializes in species that could fly.
While the dinosaurs are popular with kids, the kits generally require the more sophisticated touch of an adult who has the artistic skills necessary to put one together. The kits range in size from three and a half inches to six feet. Price ranges vary with size, but a small Pterodactyl—the first to be offered to the public in a kit—is forty dollars.
The kits are available at www.fossilsmith.com or by phone at 573-756-3484.