Uphill Both Ways
Volume 9 - Boston 1956
sure that Arnie helped Romer accept it because Arnie understood what was going on and had known dad for about 8 years. The point, though, is simply that Romer had the courage and vision to accept dad’s proposal -supported by Arnie, another critical factor- and to give him free rein -and a budged- to proceed.
The entire concept was revolutionary. Here are features that I understand to be novel, i.e. never done by anyone before:
Drill holes through bones with a core drill so that supporting steel bars could be concealed in those spaces. The concept is simple, but the drilling is not. He had to have the right kinds of drill bits and drill press and had to figure the angles and dimensions of the bores so that the proper sized bars could be used. He did all the drilling himself, knowing how to drill, how fast, how to cool it.
Bend steel rods of the proper diameter so to make them conform with the core holes drilled out, and weld the cylinders together so that they would support the bones. Then conceal welds with plaster restorations that completed the skeleton.
Design the mount so that there was no visible metal or supports. This required that methods be developed for every single bone to be supported invisibly. That is not trivial either.
Construct an elaborate supporting framework out of metal bars and pipes from which to hang Kronosaurus.
Secure the heavy-duty framework against a wall so that it can be concealed entirely behind a wall of lath.
Design the lath wall so that there are no corners, no angles, no corners, just curved planes.