You're in Southern California. We have a different lacquer thinner. It might well be affecting your O-rings. I haven't seen anything like that in my Grex. but, I am having problems with the air piston sticking.
We had a nice meal, in deference to his British father, we had it at a brewery. Then saw one of our local clubs put on a lion dance. He's thoroughly mixed. Everything you could ask for in a son-in-law.
Jefbo, you have it right. At least for cars, OOB means you use only the parts in the box in a manner consistent with the instructions. If the instructions call for you to make a cut-out for a supercharger, or hood scoop, you can make those. You are free to use whatever paint, decals, and foil you want. That would include washes. We would accept flocking or embossing powder as a finishing technique. Filler is OK to the extent that it corrects molding defects. If you are going to enter a model in OOB, please keep the instruction sheet, and put it under the model. We need to see them so it will be eligible. I hate it when we have to disqualify a nicely done OOB build because of no instructions. Disclaimer: I can only speak to the model car judging at Model Expo in June.
I use a Canon EOS 60D camera, with an 18-135 mm zoom lens and a +2 close-up lens, If I'm shooting at the SDMCC meeting, I'm indoors with fluorescent lights. Depth of field is a big problem. I put the camera in aperture priority, and stop the lens down all the way (f/22). I usually need a tripod as the exposures can be anywhere from 1/2 to a couple of seconds. This gets everything in focus. The room light is even enough by itself. If you want good illumination from a flash, you'll need a couple of them and probably diffusers.
Just finished a TIE Interceptor for 2018: a '68 Barracuda, box stockThe Revelle '29 Model A. Going to build this one with a flathead motor instead of the Buick motor. I have some nice resin heads, and carbs.Finish a long-delayed build.Start the Pegasus Nautilus
These guys are great. I used to visit their shop when I was working in Toronto. They had hot coffee and cookies on the weekend, and were always happy to take the time to talk to this slightly homesick Californian that wandered into their store.
Oooh, now you tell me. Pasting from MS Word is fraught with problems. If you have to paste from there, paste it in to notepad first, then copy and paste it into the edit window. We used to have a special paste button for MS word, but it never worked quite right, and not it's gone.