Carson Van Osten Bio

City: Oxnard Ca. Silver Strand Beach.

Year joined LAMS Club: The first year, possibly the first meeting.

Favorite Modeling Subjects: Historical miniature figures.

How I got interested in building models: My father built free-flight balsa airplanes.

First model I ever built: I think it was an AMC custom car kit. I think I was about 9 years old.

Most challenging model kit I ever built: I built a wooden ship model of the “Charles W. Morgan”. It took me 13 months. I also built a model railroad layout that took 7 years. It was featured in Model Railroader Magazine in June, 1991.

The finished model kit I am most proud of: I always want the next figure I paint to be the best one.

The worst project I ever did: I first started painting figures with oil paint in the 1970’s. I was often frustrated and they looked very crude although I didn’t realize it at the time. I learned from my mistakes. Luckily, they were almost all destroyed in the Northridge earthquake in 1994.

Since joining the Club I have learned “how to” or “improved”: Many, many things. I’ve learned a lot about using acrylic paint, finding out about different tools, materials, and techniques that I probably wouldn’t have discovered on my own.

Name something you would like to build or model that you’ve never attempted: I haven’t painted a bust yet… or a busty woman. Both are on my to-do list, pending my wife’s approval.

Did you ever destroy a model? Well, kind of. If so, how did you do it? After the earthquake I kept broken figures and parts in a shoebox for two years. Finally I decided to throw them away and make a fresh start. It was a very liberating thing to do.

Have you ever entered any competitions? Yes.

If yes, which ones? The California SCAHMS show and the 2008 World Expo in Girona, Spain.

Received any Awards or Recognition? Yes.

Every modeler purchases more kits than they can build. How many kits are in the garage, closet, or storage waiting to be built? I have about 10. A few of them aren’t very challenging now because I’ve had them for so long. I’ll take those to the swap meet later in the year.

What is the one kit that you’ve searched for that you still can’t find? The Europeans use a ground cover product called “sea grass”. I have no idea where to find it.

What is the best part of the club for you? The best part of the club for me is the amazing loyalty of the members. Every month I can count on spending a little time with friendly, enthusiastic people that I have come to know and admire. There’s no pressure, nothing to worry about, just a room full of great people having fun and sharing their latest labor of love. How often does that happen in this day and age?