oh i feel you on that. i dont think any of us should be fixing these bots after purchase. that is why i go out of my way to buy here in the States. but when things do come up sometimes and the easy fix is just faster i choose that. i just looked at my bot and even to respray the 9 little windows it would still just take 10 mins. if you do ever get bored and feel the urge to dabble in this kind of stuff. you will soon find out the hardest part of it all is the taping and silly putty. the paint coat is done in about 7 seconds. the paint is just a metallic black iron oxide or whatever they call it these days. it is pretty standard everywhere. do you have enough parts yet to make a stand alone robot like that spike yet?