Jason with the Dapper Dans
Born in San Mateo California, Jason began modeling at at the age of 8. Toothpicks and glue served as the materials for his earliest models, creating western towns for his cowboy and Indian figures. He eventually began putting plastic kits together for his model railroad layout and when there was no kit to be had for something he wanted, he made it from scratch. He particularly took to model landscaping and developed his skills through trial and error. If something didn't work out, he would try again. From an early age, he found modeling educational, fun, and inexpensive. Hours would be consumed with simple materials like cardboard, glue, paint and papier mache'. By 1966, Jason started building a model of Disneyland on a 4' x 4' piece of plywood. He used photos, souvenir books, and big color maps of the park for reference. As he re-visited the park each year, he would document changes and return home to modify his model. Jason recalls his early Disneyland visits with fondness- time spent with family and a place of wonder and amazement for a young boy. This early interest in Disneyland would become a mainstay in Jason's life and over the years he has become a student of the park's history and trivia. By the late '60's, Jason began building Aurora Universal Monster Model kits and modifying them to his desire by reposing them and enhancing features. He also began a long love affair with "HO" slot car tracks and slot car racing. He carved his own car bodies out of Balsa or Jelutong wood and created his own line of cast resin racing body shells. Eventually he perfected his skills enough to be commissioned to produce the pattern for a Cobra Daytona coupe for the Tomy toy company. His slot car track, "Lemonzaco," became world famous in the slot car hobby and was featured in various model related magazines. He has also done design and modeling work on some of the best slot car racing tracks anywhere including "Shaunadega" and the "Katz-Spa-Ring". When not modeling, Jason enjoys restoring and riding steel-framed racing bicycles and playing the guitar. It is a personal joy of his to again be constructing a model of Disneyland incorporating Robert Olszewski's work.