AXIALFEST 2015 Sponsor: Braven

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Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce that Braven has been added to the sponsor list for AXIALFEST 2015!

About Braven Music isn’t just a backdrop; it’s an experience. Founded in Provo, Utah, Braven began in 2011 with a small team and has evolved into a renowned premium Bluetooth® high fidelity audio brand with a growing global presence.

Since joining the Incipio® family in 2013, we expanded our product offering from portable Bluetooth® speakers to an award-winning lineup of ultra-rugged waterproof audio, App-driven products and Smart battery solutions by utilizing Incipio’s standing as a mobile technology leader in the industry. We cater to all consumer profiles with products ranging from outdoor, rugged, take-anywhere speakers to interactive wireless home audio systems with exceptional style.

Our continuous growth and success is a direct result of our drive to deliver revolutionary wireless products to consumers around the globe. In just three years, we have designed and manufactured the world’s most talented speakers with award-winning rugged and premium offerings for today’s mobile consumer. Continually pushing the limits in portable Bluetooth audio, Braven products combine cutting edge technology with premium audio quality.

www.braven.com

2015 Portland International Auto Show

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Your Ride Begins Here!

The annual Portland International Auto show returned to the Convention center this past February, and Axial was invited, for the 5th year in a row, to show off their awesome lineup of rigs, and let thousands of people try their hands at navigating an SCX10 through the custom rock course. This year they could choose between the Deadbolt SCX10, Falken G6, or Dodge Ram. The trucks were geared down and 85 turn motors were installed to keep things under control. This setup provided over 4 hours of run time on a 3300 mah, 2 cell Lipo battery. The trucks survived the constant abuse well, with only 2 broken rear axle housings and much body damage. Considering the age and/or inexperience of many of the drivers, as well as the 7′ height of the mountain on the course, this says a lot for the durability of the SCX10 platform!

The course was built over the period of about 3 months using wood, carved foam and concrete. It was built in 4 sections to make transport easier, and the sections weighed anywhere from 140lbs to almost 400! We had integrated RGB LED’s that changed color along with the music that played constantly.

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This year I wanted to give drivers 3 possible routes to take, which made for some fun lines.

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We used Quickcrete on the high-impact areas for maximum durability.

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I transported the whole course on my trailer Thursday morning before the weekend of the show. The Union guys with forklifts moved it in to the building for us.

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The amount of work that goes into these auto shows is staggering. Endless crates of displays, almost to the roof!

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The course sits on (4) 6′ tables, and has a TV constantly playing Axial DVD’s or streaming King of the Hammers live.  (It was the same weekend!)

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Once we finished setting up the dsiplay, we tested the various lines with the new Deadbolt SCX10 to make sure they weren’t going to be too difficult for inexperienced drivers.

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Last year the event was snowed out, which is rare for Portland, and hurt attendance. This year, the weather was great, and from what I heard they had record numbers! The Axial booth was pretty busy the entire 4 days from open until close. It’s a good thing we have volunteers to help from ORCRC! (Oregon R/C Rock Crawlers) We handed out Axial stickers, coupons for local hobby shops that sell Axial product, and product information pamphlets. We also raffled off a new Dodge Ram SCX10.

The Currie Jeep showing off its LED lights.

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Brett working the crowd.

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This little guy was AMAZED.

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Big Block Honcho.

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I had plenty of time to see the entire show, which had a great selection of exotic rides this year, like the Lamborghini Huracan.

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Aston Martin Vanquish

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Gorgeous Mercedes 300SL Gullwing

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Ferraris

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And a rare Bugatti Veyron.

The show attracted more than 100,000 people over the 4 days, and judging by the number of people having a great time at the Axial booth, I’d say we introduced quite a few to their new addiction! We look forward to next year, and would like to thank Axial for the opportunity!

What Is Scale?

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Scale trucks are realistic trucks. That’s pretty easy to understand. If it’s “scale,” it’s about scale realism. But, what about the other way we use the word scale in RC? Before the word scale was slated as an offshoot of the crawling segment, scale was the go-to way to describe the size of a vehicle.

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Scale in RC is usually listed as 1/10, 1/8, etc. The most common scale in RC, or the “standard” scale, is 1/10 scale. The “1/10″ means the vehicle is 1/10th the size of the full-size vehicle. So, if a full-size late-model Jeep Wrangler is 153″ long, the 1/10-scale version would be 15.3″ from bumper to bumper–approximately. The real 4-door version of the Jeep Rubicon Unlimited is 173″ long with a 116″ wheelbase. An absolutely true-to-scale model would have a 11.6″ wheelbase. The SCX10 version has a close 12.3″ wheelbase, which provides very realistic proportions.

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If a 1/10-scale model is ten-times smaller than the real version, a 1/8-scale model is eight-times smaller than the real version. So, 1/8 scale is bigger than 1/10 scale. This is well is illustrated by comparing the 1/10-scale Axial Yeti and the “extra large” Yeti XL, which is 1/8 scale.

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Not only does the scale concept or formula get used to describe the overall size of RC vehicles, but it helps understand how your RC tires compare to real tires. For both looks and maximized performance, a fair amount of license is taken with tires sizes. Most RC scale rock crawlers come with tires over 4″ tall. The reason this might be considered taking a bit license is because a 4″ 1/10-scale tires would be 40″ tire on a full-size vehicle, which is a pretty large tire for a rock crawler. For example, the Axial 1.9 Ripsaw has an overall diameter or height of 4.3″, which makes it a 1/10-scale version of 43″ tire. That’s pretty large, but it provides a desirable aggressive look and good ground clearance for solid off-road performance.

AXIALFEST 2015 Sponsor: RPP Hobby

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Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce that RPP Hobby is a returning sponsor for AXIALFEST 2015. RPP Hobby is the official hobby shop of AXIALFEST 2015 with a retail-booth on site at Cisco Grove Campground for all your on-site Axial needs and wants.

RPP Hobby is locally owned and founded by Nor Cal Native Corey Bauman who started selling custom painted scale trucks and crawler bodies on-line in the late 1990′s. Bauman’s hobby grew into a full “brick & mortar” retail business when he opened his shop in 2004. The RPP Hobby goal is to offer customers the best possible service, at a great price, with expedient order processing and shipping.

Visit them at:
rpphobby.com 
facebook.com/rpp.hobby

AXIALFEST 2015 Sponsor: Tekin

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Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce that TEKIN has been added to the sponsor list for AXIALFEST 2015!

Tekin pioneered the electronic speed controller by developing leading edge designs in the 1980’s.  The electronic speed controller changed the game forever compared to the mechanical speed controllers of the time.

In 2002, while looking for some information on Tekin products, Jim Campbell found they had closed the doors.  A former employee offering service on Tekin products claimed that everything was still there. In 2003 Jim found the original building looking as though everyone had just left yesterday.  It appeared to be the perfect combination of a love for RC and experience with motion control and surface mount electronic assembly.  With persistence and determination he found the original owner, and many months later Tekin was moved from the Golden State to the mountains of Idaho.

Tekin designs and manufactures “Smarter-Smaller-Faster” electronic components including motors, speed controllers and battery chargers.

www.teamtekin.com

Axial partners with SCORE International – Official R/C Vehicles of SCORE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(Mission Viejo, CA) February 25, 2015.

Axial R/C Inc., A subsidiary of Hobbico Inc., is proud to announce Axial as the Official R/C Vehicles of the Baja 500, Baja 1000 and SCORE International.

So much focus in the R/C industry is placed on short course off road racing. It makes perfect sense, as it is easy to gather lots of people into a confined area to experience off road racing vehicles. What many people don’t know is that short course off road racing was born in the desert. What short course promoters are attempting to do is bring desert racing to the masses. What is lost in this process is the adventure. In true Axial style, we are all about chasing adventure. In this case, Axial R/C has partnered with SCORE International to support further growth of the off road racing that started it all.

The Baja 500 and Baja 1000 are two of the most recognizable off road racing events on the planet. The machines, the people and the experiences of these and all of SCORE’s events are the inspiration for many of today’s off road enthusiasts. Axial fans and consumers are driven by adventure, getting out there and experiencing the relationship of man and machine in the wild. Axial will be taking an in depth look at what drives all of these individuals to push themselves and their machines to the absolute limit to conquer Baja.

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 year after year, 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 SCORE International
The World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, SCORE International was founded in 1973 by the late motorsports innovator Mickey Thompson and continues today under the ownership and director of former SCORE Trophy Truck racing champion Roger Norman. The five-race, internationally-televised SCORE World Desert Championship features 35 Pro and six Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. The series is televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network with international syndication for each of the one-hour programs. The flagship event of the SCORE World Desert Championship is the iconic SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races. The 2015 SCORE Baja 1000 will air as a two-hour special on the CBS Sports Network. For more information regarding SCORE International, visit www.score-international.com

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

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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.