In the Christmas bingo at work I won a Mercedes. More precisely a Rastar 1/14 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG remote controlled car in red.

So I guess this will be my very short review.

When I got it home I first put some batteries in it to try it out. Five AA batteries in the car and a 9V in the transmitter. What I learned from trying it out: The drive train seems OK. Motor and gearing is done well enough to drive the car without cutting off all the time. It has a differential so turning isn’t too bad. There is some kind of suspension on all four wheels, but no damping. Range of the remote is about 5 meters. Speed control is max throttle or off (Which isn’t very fast). Steering is max turn ratio or straight ahead. So in my view the electronics can be improved.

The looks of this car is quite good. A quite good looking body and some fine interior with doors opening. No windows in the doors though. It seems that the looks is supposed to sell this car. Lights in head and tail lights do shine through the body though.

Because of the good looks and the decent drive train I have decided that I will try upgrading the electronics and touch up the body to make it look even better. So this car is for me and not for my kids.

The first ting was to take this car apart. 8 screws have to be removed to take the body off. Then the antenna and the lights are secured to the body. The lights had been glued using some hot glue. This could easily be pulled apart. The antenna is fixed in the roof. This means that the body needs to be disassembled even more before the body and the chassis could be completely separated.

So far I have applied some TAMIYA panel liner to the body and painted the inside of the body black. This is what I think should be done to the body. Then I plan to put in a Spektrum receiver, add a steering servo and use an ESC to control the speed. The receiver and the ESC will most likely be easy. In order to use a servo for steering I will probably need to modify the steering mechanics which will require some more work.

Some pictures of this car:

Now I am waiting for the ESC and some turnbuckles to arrive in the mail before I can do more. Thanks for looking. Hope you enjoyed smiley