Indoor Crawling Course Driving Tips

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In many parts of the country, hobby stores have setup indoor crawling courses so that their customers can crawl year round. This is, of course, great, but crawling indoors can be radically different than outdoors. There are two basic types of indoor rock crawling courses. One is made out of actual rocks placed indoors. The second type is simulated rock. Both present different challenges.

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The courses made out of rocks moved indoors are usually a large collection of many smaller rocks ranging from baseball-sized to rocks about the size of basketballs. Some courses may have some bigger rocks, but that’s fairly rare, as the smaller the rocks are easier to get indoors. Piles of small rocks are very different than large exposed rocks found outdoors. The problem is all of the gaps and holes created between all of the rocks. When navigating these courses, the vehicle’s tires are constantly dropping in these holes. This can be brutal on the vehicles. When tires fall in these holes and get bound up, the suspension and especially the drivetrain take a real beating. Extremely careful line selection is needed to avoid as many of these holes as possible. A suspension setup with less articulation–specifically droop or down travel–will also make a huge difference as the tires will be less likely to fall in holes. Less droop will make the tires more likely to glide over the gaps between rocks. You can fabricate function limiting straps out of items such as shoelaces or cable ties. You don’t want to take away all of your suspension’s functionality, but limiting droop will often considerably help on many indoor rock crawling courses.

Another type of indoor course is the manmade type that is often fabricated out of spray foam insulation that goes on as a sprayed foam and then expands and hardens. When painted, this can made for some very realistic terrain. The hardest part about adapting to this surface is coping with inconsistent traction, which is pretty common outdoors as well. The difference is outdoors you can see the difference in terrain. If you’re paying attention, you know if you’re on sand, rock, smooth rock, etc. and can change your driving style to suit. On these manmade foam courses, you often can’t see how the surface is wearing. Sometimes you can see the paint or bed liner coating that is often used completely worn off, but often it looks the same but is completely smooth. Keep in mind too much traction can often hurt your efforts a lot more than too little traction. When traction is low, you slip and slide. That can be a struggle, but you can often just keep trying. When you unexpectedly encounter too much traction on a climb, your rear tires can bite in and flip you over backwards. The key is to keep a careful watch on not just the obstacles in your path but also the terrain’s surface.

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With both types of indoor courses one of the best things you can do is pre-walk the course. You don’t need to actually walk on the course, but you should walk along the course and envision your planned line. In your head, picture your vehicle as it goes and predict where you find difficulty. Really examine the course for tire-grabbing holes and look for smooth and rough surfaces that could present problems.

Cold Weather Driving

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Even if you put all of your Axial Racing vehicles away for the winter, you may find the temptation to try to tackle some axle-deep snow or the urge to slide around on some slick ice too much to take. As such, you may find yourself charging batteries and bundling up in your snow gear before you know it. You know how to get yourself ready for the cold, but you may not know how to get your Axial rig ready for cold weather.

Word of caution: all the rules that apply to water apply to snow. If your electronics aren’t protected for water, they aren’t protected for snow. Also, water and snow damage isn’t limited to electronics. Read this post to learn more about the damage water can cause here.

Snow can stick like glue. It collects in wheels and in the chassis. It will stick to the axles and the bottom of the chassis. It can fill the body. This snow can cause hardware to corrode. Axial uses high-quality hardware that has a protective finish, but between normal wear and moisture, the hardware can still rust. The solution is twofold. First, coating the bottom of the chassis and axles with WD-40 will both ease the amount of the snow that sticks and help prevent corrosion. There are other products similar to WD-40, but WD-40 is inexpensive and easy to find. The second part is a good cleaning. Drip drying under your work bench is not a good cleaning method. Remove the body and brush away the snow. Some cheap stiff bristled paint brushes work perfectly for this. A tooth brush also helps. Remove the wheels and wipe down the axles with some WD-40. Also wipe down any exposed metal hardware. This will prevent corrosion.

Batteries do not perform well in extreme temperatures. The key is to charge the packs fully and to keep them indoors until ready for use and to immediately remove them when done running. Dry the packs and keep them indoors. Keep in mind that temperatures can impact the voltage of a battery, so don’t over drain a LiPo pack. Stop running well before your LiPo cutoff kicks in.

One of the best benefits of driving in the cold comes from driving on ice. If you have a Yeti and live in an area that has frozen water, you are in for a great driving lesson. First, make sure you have absolute confirmation that the ice is safe. Just because you’ve seen someone walk it doesn’t mean the ice is safe. Get absolute confirmation. When you drive a fast vehicle like the Yeti on slick ice, you will quickly learn how to counter steer. This will make you an awesome driver. You also learn how to properly start and stop.

One of the most important things to know about cold weather driving is that plastic gets less flexible and more brittle as temperatures drop. Even the composite plastics used in Axial vehicles can be susceptible to damage in extremely cold temperatures. What may not cause any damage in warm temperatures could cause a parts failure when temperatures are cold. The solution is to drive more cautiously. Take fewer risks, drive a little slower and try to avoid collisions.

Understanding and Maximizing the AE-5 ESC

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Wouldn’t it be great if ease of use didn’t mean a sacrifice in sophistication and performance? When it comes to electronics, there is often an unfortunate connection there. Axial purposely made the AE-5 ESC an exception. It is waterproof–a huge plus–and features two must have adjustments: LiPo cutoff and drag brake. An addition plus is that the AE-5 retails for only $45.

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The AE-5 is a brushed motor electronic speed control, or ESC. It can only control brushed motors. While intended for crawling applications mainly, it is not limited to high-turn motors. When paired with a 2S LiPo battery, it can handle as much as a 12-turn motor. On 3S, 18-turn is the maximum. Note that the lower the number of turns, the more amps a motor draws and the faster it is. Vehicles built for climbing and crawling generally need more torque or power than speed and go with higher turn motors such as Axial’s 55-turn motor (AX24007). As indicated, the AE-5 can handle 2S and 3S LiPo batteries. It can also be used with NiMH batteries. It’s worth noting that the AE-5 can handle up to a 9-cell NiMH (10.8 volts). Since NiMH packs are heavier than LiPo, if this was matched with the above mentioned 55-turn motor, the truck it was installed in would be a very capable puller.

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We have all heard that water and electronics don’t mix, so the fact that the AE-5 is waterproof from the factory is an obviously huge benefit. This feature will allow you to tackle a wide variety of terrain and obstacles with confidence. Always make sure the rest of your electronics (and the vehicle) are well protected. You can learn more about waterproofing in this post.

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The LiPo cutoff feature allows you to safely run LiPo cells. LiPo batteries absolutely must be run in this mode. This feature can also be switch to NiMH to allow maximum power out of those cells. This isn’t new to Axial ESCs, but what is new is how incredibly easy it is to program the AE-5. Instead of a series of steps performed via the transmitter or a computer, the AE-5 is adjusted via simple plugs, called jumpers. It literally takes seconds and is just about foolproof. To switch from the default LiPo mode, remove the plug and move it over slightly and reinstall. It couldn’t be easier.

While correctly matching a setting for the type of battery you are using is pretty straightforward, the drag brake feature might be a little bit more enigmatic. Drag brake is the opposite of coasting. If you have no drag brake, when you went to neutral (no throttle or brake inout via the transmitter’s trigger), the vehicle would coast or free roll and slow to a stop. Drag brake automatically applies braking force at neutral. When rock crawling, this is essential for control on hills and around gates or technical sections where precision is required. Without drag brakes, a crawler would be next to impossible to control at slow speeds. It would roll on hills, off ledges, and into gates. The AE-5 comes with 100% drag brakes as the default setting. There is an optional 50% drag brake setting on the AE-5. This is just as easy to adjust as the LiPo setting. Just move the plug and the setting is changed. So, if drag brakes are so good, why would you want only 50% strength? High speed applications such as rock racing will benefit from lower strength drag brakes. Lower strength drake brakes will allow to coast through turns faster. A far more noticeable difference will be when jumping. This is because drag brakes in the air will cause the nose of the vehicle to drop. Review this post on jumping to better understand this concept. So, if you’re rock racing and may encounter jumps, try reducing the drag brakes setting to 50%. And since rock racing is more about speed than finesse, you won’t have to worry about precise control around gates or on hills.

Axial – The Official R/C vehicles of Ultra4 Racing – King of the Hammers 2015

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(Mission Viejo, CA) January 14, 2015.

Axial R/C Inc., A subsidiary of Hobbico Inc., is proud to announce Axial as the Official R/C Vehicles of Ultra4 / King of the Hammers for 2015.

Ultra4 Racing is the latest and greatest off road motorsport event on earth. This style of racing challenges man to a duel with the elements. Unlike standard off road racing in a stadium or in the wide open desert, Ultra4 vehicles face challenges that no other motorsport demands. Competitors are not only made to cross vast areas of open desert, they also travel up boulder strewn canyons and negotiate terrain that appears impassable. To compete in such a demanding environment, competitors build custom four wheel drive vehicles that are made to crawl over the harshest terrain, then conquer the wide open desert at exhilarating triple digit speeds. This element of automotive enthusiasm is precisely what Axial R/C has set out to deliver in 1:10 scale, so the relationship between Axial R/C and Ultra4 is a very natural fit.

Axial’s roots are directly tied to motorsports, especially competitive rock crawling. As full size competitive rock crawling transcended into what is now rock racing, the sport became globally recognized in a short five years, most notably the King of the Hammers [KOH] held annually in Johnson Valley, California. Axial followed suit with its own version of vehicles that translated well within this segment of the off road community. Axial has been very offroad lifestyle driven and fits perfectly with Ultra4 and the King of the Hammers event which is the mecca of enthusiasts pushing the boundaries of rock racing. Axial will be on site at the 2015 King of the Hammers offering enthusiasts an opportunity to experience the endless fun that these rock racing and trail navigating R/Cs have to offer.

On the Saturday following KOH [Feb 7th], there will be a radio controlled version of King of the Hammers as Axial hosts the RECON Ultra4 G6 at King of the Hammers.

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Axial RECON Ultra4 G6 at King of the Hammers
When: Feb. 7 – 12:00 Noon
Where: (GPS- N34 24.927, W116 31.090) just west of Hammer Town at the base of the mountain.

R/C motorsports joins full size motorsports once again as Axial joins forces with Ultra4 / King of the Hammers. 2015 will once again see Axial bring the RECON G6 Series along for the full experience. Axial has teamed with full size motorsports in the past and is doing it again in Johnson Valley, Ca. ,on Saturday Feb. 7th, the day after the King of the Hammers main event. This is the last event on the 2015 KOH schedule starting at noon on Saturday, if you own an Axial R/C, come out and get your fix in this historic RECON Ultra4 G6. The RECON G6 series is made up of R/C endurance events featuring man and scale machine tackling the elements, a true test for your R/C vehicle with a major emphasis on a family fun atmosphere. The object is to conquer the course set forth by RECON G6 mastermind Brian Parker. For more information on this event, and to register to participate, please click here.

About Axial
Founded in 2005, Axial R/C, Inc. has quickly became a global brand leader of hobby grade radio controlled products as Axial is a company of enthusiasts for enthusiasts. We manufacture chassis and accessory products predominantly for the Rock Crawling and Overland Adventure segments, with design emphasis on rugged construction and scale realism. Axial is regularly involved in local and national events which allow us to keep our finger on the pulse of R/C culture, thus earning us awards every year from 2007 through 2010, including “Best Truck”, “Most Innovative”, “Best Engineered Product of the Year”, and “People’s Choice.” For more information on Axial and Axial products please visit www.axialracing.comtwitter.com/axialracingfacebook.com/axialincyoutube.com/axialvideos

About Ultra4
Ultra4 Racing is the official website of Hammerking Productions. The founders of Hammerking are the force behind the toughest one-day off-road race on the planet: King of The Hammers. King of the Hammers takes place each year in February, on public lands in Johnson Valley, CA. The race has evolved from 12 teams racing for bragging rights and a case of beer, to more than 150 teams competing before thousands of fans both live and online. Due to the incredible success of King of the Hammers, Hammerking has created an equally difficult off-road endurance race called The Stampede which occurs annually in Reno, NV.

In addition to these races, Hammerking has established a racing class known as the Ultra4 class. The defining characteristic of this class is that all cars must be capable of 4-wheel drive. Beyond that, the class is unlimited, which means these cars come in all shapes and sizes and are capable of speeds over 100+ MPH and still contain gear ratios as low as 100 to 1 for technical rock crawling.

To give these cars and their drivers a chance to showcase their unique capabilities, Hammerking has formed the Ultra4 Racing series. The series challenges drivers to compete in a wide variety of terrain from endurance desert racing to competition-style rock crawls to short course racing. Hammerking currently produces five of the six races in the series on their own. The races take place on both public lands and in private motorsports parks across the country including: Exit 28 Motorsports Park in Nevada, Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania and Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.

Hammerking Productions has also produced three full-length feature films chronicling the first three King of the Hammers races. These award winning movies have helped shine a spotlight on this new form of racing throughout the world. Currently, fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Hammerking’s fourth production which will be coming to theaters and DVD by mid 2011.

If you would like to know more about Hammerking, Ultra4, the races produced and/or the movies created, please visit www.ultra4racing.comtwitter.com/Ultra4racingfacebook.com/Ultra4Racingyoutube.com/HeavyMetalConcepts

Contact:

Scott G.
Marketing – Special Projects
Axial R/C Inc.,
26022 Pala
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
GPS: N 33 37.231 W 117 40.592
email: scottg@axialracing.com
cell: 949-433-2189

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AXIAL: Official Radio Control Vehicles of ULTRA4 & King of the Hammers

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Axial R/C Inc., A subsidiary of Hobbico Inc., is proud to announce Axial as the Official R/C Vehicles of Ultra4 / King of the Hammers for 2015.

Axial’s roots are directly tied to motorsports, especially competitive rock crawling. As full size competitive rock crawling transcended into what is now rock racing, the sport became globally recognized in a short five years, most notably the King of the Hammers [KOH] held annually in Johnson Valley, California. Axial followed suit with its own version of vehicles that translated well within this segment of the off road community. Axial has been very offroad lifestyle driven and fits perfectly with Ultra4 and the King of the Hammers event which is the mecca of enthusiasts pushing the boundaries of rock racing. Axial will be on site at the 2015 King of the Hammers offering enthusiasts an opportunity to experience the endless fun that these rock racing and trail navigating R/Cs have to offer.

Official Axial Technical Partners:
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A Selection of Axial Rock Race Inspired Radio Control Vehicles:

Friends of Axial:

Axial RECON ULTRA4 G6 at King of the Hammers:
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For more King of the Hammers content, please visit the following blog links:
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RECON G6 Challenge Birthday Bash 2014

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2014 RECON G6 Challenge Birthday Bash
December 6, 2014
Moonrocks, Reno, Nevada
Words and Photos by Matt “Skeeno” Soileau

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Can you believe that the RECON G6 Challenge is four years old?  I can’t. It seems like just yesterday a few of us guinea pigs showed up at the first RECON G6 Challenge and tested our Axial SCX10s on the longest, most technically challenging trail they had ever been on.

This year the RECON G6 Challenge not only traveled to seven of the United States, it went global with a stop in Austria! Attendance records were also set at each event as more and more members joined the RECON G6 family. So, in honor of the birth of the RECON G6 Challenge, the annual Birthday Bash G6 was once again held in the birth city of this great event.

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This past weekend, Skeeno Jr. and I headed out to Moonrocks just north of Reno, Nevada to celebrate all the great things that have come to the RECON G6 Challenge this year. It just so happened to take place on the same weekend that a few local clubs were holding their Club Challenges, so the location was full.

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When I arrived, the line was already out the door. Eager G6ers were waiting in line to be registered and to also donate their toys for the Washoe County Sherriff’s Christmas on the Corridor program.

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Mr. Rivas Concepts and Mr. Cole were at the front of the line getting drivers registered and collecting the toys.

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Over 100 new toys were donated.

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Hoyfab had his YETI XL on display at the registration booth. This thing was sweet and full of extra detail. Equipped with a Premier Power Welder and tons of GoPro cameras. Hoyfab is the man to see for awesome 3D printed scale accessories.

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Also on the table was this wonderful jerky. I may have eaten multiple pieces while Cole and Rivas weren’t looking.  Thanks for the hookup OFO Crawlers. Feel free to bring more to Axialfest 2015.

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I spotted a couple sweet trailers waiting in line. The trailer is the new black. You better get yours ready for Axialfest 2015. And don’t forget, Axialfest will be held in July this year. More info can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1506299382978745/

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Of course RPP Hobby was in attendance, they are the Official Hobby Shop of the RECON G6 Challenge.

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This Drivin Diva didn’t have time to drive, but Alyssa made sure to come out to say hi to all her old driving buddies. Thanks for stopping by.  We hope to see you on the trail soon.

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While waiting for everyone to register, I headed over to the 1:1s to check out the rigs and see what was going on.  This first crawler I came to just happened to belong to my old buddy, Bryan.  Can you believe this started life as a Suzuki Samurai?  The only thing Samurai left on this rig is the firewall now.

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I also spotted the Axial Wraith in the queue waiting for its turn on course. Notice it’s also running the Official Tires of the RECON G6, Pitbulls.

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This lone Land Rover was looking for a home. Who wants this?

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Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer would be proud to be seen in these two kits.

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Parker went over the rules. Remember, no Hand of God.  That’s pretty much the golden rule.

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As always, the National Anthem was played before the lipos were lit.

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Parker was kind enough to line us up backwards. We got to drive in reverse to that rock behind him before we could drive forward.

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Somehow, Skeeno Jr. and I ended up in the lead for the first dozen or so trail markers.

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Of course, Mr. Pham eventually passed us by. His Axial SXC10 RECON G6 Jeep is the envy of many G6ers. That’s the perks of working at a hobby shop.

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Skeeno Jr. tried to keep up the pace…

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…but Mr. Fokai finally got by her. Besides, the RECON G6 isn’t about winning. It’s about having fun, so we let him by and relaxed.

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Reno’s CKRC crew brought a full compliment of drivers and kits.  They were super helpful, and I saw them personally give away parts to at least three broken drivers, so they could finish.

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It’s a good thing I had my new Bull Rope tow strap. It came in handy. Since we had some recent rains, the rocks got a little muddy and slippery. Here, I had to pull Skeeno Jr. out of a crevice she slipped in to.

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Those balloons helped this Wraith float over the rocks.

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TM102 presented the opportunity for a little air time, so I took it.

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The courses at the RECON G6 Challenge are always long, so it’s a good idea to pack refreshments. Remember, it’s about having fun, so there’s no need to run.

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I have to include this picture because Parker loves Scouts, and this one’s leading the way.

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There’s always casualties at a RECON G6. Remember, finishing a RECON G6 is like winning a RECON G6. Don’t be afraid to make trail repairs and ask for help if you need it. Other G6ers are always happy to lend a fellow G6er a hand.

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Speaking of lending a hand, Werty lent Skeeno Jr. some of his sweet jack stands to help her with some maintenance in the pits.

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I think Mini Meeks was giving me the stink eye.

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Scale or 1:1?

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This Jeep was having a hard time climbing this section.  It took me a while, but I finally figured out why…there was no driver, duh.

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One of my favorite G6ers made it out. Mr. Stern is also our oldest G6er at 91 years young.

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The last time I saw this trailer, it was camo-ed out. This teardrop trailer was even cooler this time in full RECON G6 regalia. You can see the old version here: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073908833

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I told you trailers were popular. Here the Werty trailer adds a little extra challenge to this sandy hill climb.

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Parker and RC Chick putted around on my CT70 making sure everyone was having a good time. He also used it to plant some special prizes on course.

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Here’s what he was planting, $20 RPP gift certificate coins. Did you find one?

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Remember that if you find something that looks out of place at a G6, it’s probably a trail treasure. Pick it up and take it back to G Central with you and you will be rewarded. Mr. Tree found this double barreled sling shot over on Course 2 and earned some bonus time for his good fashion sense.

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The best part of Moonrocks is the rocks.  The jagged granite provides tons of traction and the sandy decomposed granite removes that traction, so it’s always a dance with the trigger finger.

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I cut my RC crawling teeth at the Moonrocks, so it was fun to reminisce about all the old B.P.R.C.A comps that were held in these exact same lines.

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Uh oh, that Scout is falling behind. He’s probably just letting this Jeep feel what it’s like to be in front for once.

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After Skeeno Jr. and I were finished driving, we headed over to check out the 1:1s. This Jeep was at the top of a steep off camber climb.

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Here’s the other side of the climb. This leaf springer almost flipped on its lid.

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The Axial Wraith used a little wheel speed to get up this line.

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Just like RC crawling comps, there’s lots of waiting in line with the 1:1s as well.  That’s why we love the RECON G6, no lines and Maximum Drive Time!

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This 1:1 detonated his Rockwell in this crevasse. Skeeno Jr. thought it was awesome. She was fascinated by these big boys.

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My buddy Bryan made the crevasse line with no problem even with a hastily stitched back together driveshaft.  It’s all about finesse sometimes.

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As we headed back to G Central, we spotted a few of the last G6ers finishing up their courses.

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Some scale water, axle deep.

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The CKRC/Rivas Concepts Deadbolt was still looking good even after running all day long.

Of course, we finished up the day with a few awards.

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Durty Driver of the Day, Mini Meeks

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Drivn Diva of the Day, Mrs. Werty

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Expedition Driver of the Day, Mr. J.J.

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2.2 Driver of the Day, Mr. Kowatch

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1.9 Driver of the Day, Mr. Klein

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Drivers of the Year, Klein and Wolfe

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6×6 Driver of the Year, Mr. Hoyfab.

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Luckiest Winners of the Day taking home G6 kits, so they’ll be ready for the next RECON G6 Challenge.

The calendar of events for 2015 will be out soon. Watch www.recong6.com for events coming to your area soon. You don’t want to miss one.

Jump Properly

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If you got started in RC with one of Axial’s rock crawlers, you may not know how to properly jump. What is there to it? There’s more to it than pointing your vehicle at a jump and launching it. The part you may not know is that you can actually use the throttle and brakes to control how the vehicle flies through the air.

If you have experience with dirt bikes you may catch on that the throttle can be used in the air to actually raise the front of the bike. The opposite happens when brakes are applied–the front end lowers. Every RC vehicle jumps differently, but they all react, at least to some degree, to throttle and brake inputs. 4WD vehicles such as the Yeti, Yeti XL and EXO Terra Buggy offer more in-air control than 2WD vehicles. Vehicles with bigger tires can also react better to throttle and brake inputs–if they have enough power to really spin the tires. Also, in general, the more power, the more control in the air.

The best way to approach a jump surface is with even speed. Your suspension reacts as you accelerate and decelerate on the ground just like it does in the air as described above. When you approach a ramp, for example, and suddenly accelerate, on or right before the ramp surface, the rear suspension will compress. It will then rebound when you let off the throttle. Without getting too deep in a physics lesson, the rebounding suspension will cause the vehicle to start to lift its rear higher than the front. Even speed–neither an increase or decrease in speed–will provide the most consistent results.

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If the vehicle is nose-diving in the air, grab and hold the throttle until the attitude of the vehicle is level or slightly nose up. Dropping the nose using the brakes requires a slightly different method. Only a tap of the brakes is needed. Too much brake will quickly over rotate the rear up and over the nose.

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The key to a perfect landing, as far as throttle input is concerned, is to have the wheel speed match the vehicle’s speed upon touchdown. That’s a whole lot easier said than done, so concentrate on not having the brakes applied or having the tires spinning too fast. This will keep the drivetrain from taking too much of a jolt and keep the vehicle from darting out of control.

From approach, to launch, to being airborne and finally landing, jumps go by pretty quickly. It’s sometimes hard to imagine you’ll have time to think and do all of the actions described above, but with just a little bit of practice, it will all be second nature.

Trim a Lexan Body

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There are two ways to properly trim a body. One is the obvious method of using scissors to slowly trim the Lexan material away. The second method involves the far less obvious trick of scoring and snapping off the unwanted material.

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When using scissors, two types of scissors are recommended, one set of traditional straight blade scissors and a pair of RC-specific body scissors with short curved blades.

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Duratrax makes both the curved short bladed and straight short bladed scissors. The perfect setup is actually three total pairs. Add to the pair of previously described Duratrax scissors a pair of long straight bladed scissors. These are very handy for cutting long, perfectly straight lines such as the rocker panel area between wheel wells. The key is to avoid scissors with the fine serrations. Using the scissors is pretty straightforward. Just take your time and use longer blade scissors for long cuts so you get a straight edge.

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The second method of trimming a body requires a sharp hobby knife. The preferred blade for RC use is the #11 blade. Revell, the model company, offers a high-quality knife that includes five #11 blades.

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You may have seen glass cut by it being first scored with a sharp device and then snapped at the score line. Lexan RC bodies can be trimmed the same way. If you score the trim lines and then bend the excess material back and forth, the body should snap apart at the score line. Do not peel the Lexan extra material away from the body. This can go wrong and result in a tear across your expensive body. Overall, this technique takes some practice, but the end result can be very impressive.

While using these techniques can, with some practice, yield some great looking smooth results, you can still touch up areas occasionally. The best tool for the job is a rotary tool with a sanding drum. While you’ll find dozens of uses for a rotary tool, even if you only used it for finishing up a body, you’ll find it’s worth every penny.