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Thanks to GetSmrt28277, I got my Rite aid RC smart
http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/forums/f4/remote-control-smarts-rite-aid-33713/
Pulled it out of the box, Got the screwdriver for installing the batteries. Since I didn't have a 9v in the house I was not in a rush to try it out, but I did have a desire to see what all the other screws did.

First off, this little warning piece of paper is included. Modders beware.

First, remove these 3 screws


Then the top comes right off, but note the lighting wires still connected


Loosen (do no't remove) these 2 screws, and the Circuit board the lights are on will slide to the front and out.


Once out, you can tape and paint the headlights:) and the body is now separate from the base


To remove the dash, once again loosen these two screws just enough so they still stay in the dash, but separate from the body


Pull out the Dash and you can tape and paint.


As you can see this is not a US spec car. No glove box door


One last shot, The Power train really cuts into the storage space on this car


Note, I was not comfortable pulling out the glass on the car. Its all one piece, and looks like it just snaps in, but in a few spots it seemed like it was also glues in. When I paint it I might make more of an effort with glue on hand to put things back together
 

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For a $20 car the amount of detail is almost stunning!

Knowing me, I probably would've figured this out doing my normal tinkering :)
 

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I have taken 3 apart already and all three were different on the inside. Only one of the three was like Forest's on the inside.

Also the seats are secured by a screw also, but have been glued on a tiny piece. easily put back in with the screw and if you want Krazy glue it secure.

And this is not why mine is so possessed.

After I home tomorrow night I'll post the pics. very challenging here to upload with limited services.
 

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Question on paint, does the silver run?

And what kind of tape would be appropriate for the job (I plan to use Krylon Chrome spray so obviously staying between the tape will not be that possible)?

I'm about to get some supplies (I already have rechargeable AAs and numerous 9 volts). :)


Neon...Planning ahead and hoping to avoid disaster...
 

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The best results I had was to prime the very smooth plastic with a flat paint or primer for model cars. this will keep the running to a minimum.

Depending on your color scheme, use a white, grey, or black base on the grey plastic pieces. The colored shell does bleed. I have one apart right now at home getting ready to be painted for my grandaughter. I can let you know what works for me on it later on if needed.

Types of brushes also make a world of difference for this type of detail work. Acrylic vs. oil paint also has to be considered when selecting the brushes.

(okay...I had four brothers and we built model cars and rockets all the time)
 

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I wasn't planning anything for the interior, just the exterior tridion cell and maybe the grille surround depending on how the cell goes.

Oh no, one member says go spray paint, the other says use model paint...

:confused:

I never got into the painting model car thing...
 

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use ENAMEL, not lacquer. lacquer will eat up most plastics unless it's primered properly. just use enamel to be on the safe side. most model paint IS enamel.
 

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I used Krylon Fusion (specifically made for plastic) on the body. On the interior, I stuck with Testor's model paint. When I get around to re-doing mine, I will be priming the interior after scuff-sanding - that slick plastic is hard to get a good coat of paint on.
 

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Innerds...

If you have the one with the circuit board on the front, there are 4 screws (2 for the board and 2 for the dash-they are not the same in the one I had)

note the one with all the silicon and the one without.
 

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Wait, are all reds the same and all blues the same or are they like all mixed up?

Sure is a strange (albeit cool) way to make a product...
 

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Wait, are all reds the same and all blues the same or are they like all mixed up?

Sure is a strange (albeit cool) way to make a product...

It would appear that all the reds are the same as each other, and all the blues are the same (but different than the reds). Granted, we had a limited sample (about 8, I think), but the results were consistent - any red car turned on would respond to any red controller, and the blues all respond to any blue controller. Yellows and Pinks also respond to the red controller (grin)
 

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Two questions......... 1. Who will be the first to run over little smart with big smart? 2. Where did you guys get the drugs you were on when you decided to dismantle your new toys?
 

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T........... Where did you guys get the drugs you were on when you decided to dismantle your new toys?
I was asked the same thing over 2.5 years ago when I pulled my 1:1 smart apart the second day of ownership. Had to see how it came apart and went back together.
 

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Two questions......... 1. Who will be the first to run over little smart with big smart? 2. Where did you guys get the drugs you were on when you decided to dismantle your new toys?
It's part if the asylum thing here...padded cells and blue and green pills. when we let them out of the straight jackets they have to do some kind of occupational therapy.
 

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Two questions......... 1. Who will be the first to run over little smart with big smart? 2. Where did you guys get the drugs you were on when you decided to dismantle your new toys?

1. No telling - my crystal ball says "Try again later"
2. No drugs - just the spirit of adventure (and not putting too high a value on a $20 toy that can be replaced easily, if only for a short time)

Heck, I have been tearing things apart since long before I could afford to buy them, and sometimes even got them back together again (and sometimes in working condition!) My father wasn't too impressed with early experiments, but later, I got pretty good at it. I also spent a lot of time in the Navy building models in far greater detail than they were originally intended. It is all just part of the fun.
And now, once the check book stops smoking from the Dragon, I'll be off to the RC shop to find a turbo charger and new rack and pinion steering (and matching controller) to make this faster than Jet's...
 

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1. No telling - my crystal ball says "Try again later"
2. No drugs - just the spirit of adventure (and not putting too high a value on a $20 toy that can be replaced easily, if only for a short time)

Heck, I have been tearing things apart since long before I could afford to buy them, and sometimes even got them back together again (and sometimes in working condition!) My father wasn't too impressed with early experiments, but later, I got pretty good at it. I also spent a lot of time in the Navy building models in far greater detail than they were originally intended. It is all just part of the fun.
And now, once the check book stops smoking from the Dragon, I'll be off to the RC shop to find a turbo charger and new rack and pinion steering (and matching controller) to make this faster than Jet's...
and you charge how much for this service?
 

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And now, once the check book stops smoking from the Dragon, I'll be off to the RC shop to find a turbo charger and new rack and pinion steering (and matching controller) to make this faster than Jet's...
Do we need to move this to the Turbo section:eek:
 
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