Brandon’s Trail Ranger: Axial’s Scale 4-Link Axle Truss

Here is a quick but very cool update on my SCX10 Trail Ranger build. Check out this new part off one of the upcoming Axial scale part tree’s.

This scale axle truss converts the rear suspension to a 4-Link and looks great! Installing it was a breeze, I just added a 20mm gray post to each upper link and used the regular rod ends to replace the original 3-link. I also cut off the posts on the axle case for a smooth look.

Parts used:

AXA1421: 7x20mm Post – Grey (2pcs)
AXA186: 3x16mm set screw (2)
AX80032: Rod ends (2, extras from SCX10 kit)
AX80018: (2, extras from SCX10 kit)

Hardware used:
M3x30mm
M3x8mm (2)
M3 Nylon Locking Hex Nut

The picture’s explain the rest!

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Vanquish Products LaGuerra en Rocas Rojo

The Colorado Club recently got permission to use one of their best comp locations to host a national level event. Located near Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado this spot is a gold mine of terrain that’s absolutely perfect for R/C crawling. I crawled at this location for years before re-locating to SoCal. The rock there has so much traction that your rig will seem to defy gravity on some obstacles. So, for me, it was awesome to go back and crawl this incredible location again. Especially since this was the biggest event ever scheduled to take place any where in Colorado to date.

The back drop………………….Red Rocks Amphitheater.

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Gate placement was key throughout the weekend. If you couldn’t make a gate clean in your first few attempts, you needed to cut your losses and straddle that gate to finish inside the 4 minute limit.

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Highlights from the 2.2 comp on Saturday.

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Comp crawlers weren’t the only R/C’s on hand. There were a bunch a sweet scale rigs playing all weekend as well.

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San Diego driver Nabil Jamali on the bottom course.

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3rd Place finisher Tim Magee doing work with his SWX Berg.

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Live coverage was provided by RCCrawler.com and RCShortCourse.com.

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Shifters Bar and Grill was on hand keeping all the competitors well fed.

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You could even gamble between your runs on the Roulette wheel. Actually, the Colorado guys built this giant Vanquish turntable/spinning wheel that was variable speed. You had to drive onto it, while it was spinning, miss the gates on the wheel, and traverse the gates in the right direction to make it clean. Needless to say it was very tough to negotiate, but an exceptionally fun obstacle.

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Team Axial drivers Ed Rappleye and Brian Parker.

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The top 5 shootout:

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There was even an award for the guy who finished dead last, and it was bigger then the winner’s trophies!!

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For this event to be the first big comp ever held in Colorado it was awesome. The event ran smooth as silk for both days. I really didn’t hear any complaints or issues the whole weekend. Everyone had a great time and left with a smile on their face. I will definitely be back next year for sure!! Congrats to Axial Team Driver Jake “King Bling” Hallenbeck for taking the 2.2 win.

Roar 2009 Offroad Nationals

Axial’s own Paul Coleman competed in last week’s 2009 Roar 2009 Offroad Nationals July 14th-19th in Joliet, IL.  Despite the flood-like weather during his stay, the track not only soaked up all the rain but it ended up having better traction!  Paul was able to get out to the track and do what he does best – mingle…oh, and race.

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Driving to the Leisure Hours Hobbies RC Race after the storm passed

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500 + entries!

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Paul and his long time friend Nick A. (Florida)

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Futaba veteran Don Rice and Todd (Proline owner) made an appearance

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and so did LiveRC.com – check out Paul’s live interview at the website!

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All in all, the track was nice, the company was great and the racing was top notch.

Check out the rest of Paul’s pictures:

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Brandon’s Custom SCX10 Trail Ranger Build: Paint

With this build starting to look ready for paint it was time to decide on a color. Because of the added body work with the styrene bed I had to make a more important decision. Paint the outside or inside of the body? The Styrene had to be painted on the outside no matter what. The bed of the Trail Ranger body would have been almost impossible to paint on the inside with the work that was done. Outside it is! Now for color…

I painted the inside of the body with silver and also used the silver to act as a primer on the styrene and the final color for the tool box. Im preparation for the next color I masked off the tool box.

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Next I removed the protective film from the hood, bumpers, fender flairs, and along the edges of the bed.

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Now the time consuming part. I let the 3 coats of black paint dry over night before I started masking over it. Because I painted the body on the outside you have to mask off any recent colors you painted. So all those black accents had to be masked off before the Orange paint was applied. Also note that when painting bodies on the outside with lexan paint the final result has a semi flat look to it. Especially with black. Worked out well because that was the look I wanted.

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Paint is dry! Time to remove the layers of masking and hope it looks good.

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Sweet! All that is left are the decals now.

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The Green rings that came with the SCX10 weren’t going to work with this color scheme. Decided the Axial Black Chrome 1.9 Beadlocks (Axial Part# AX8089) would go well with the Orange Axial Beadlock rings (Axial Part #’s AX8128, AX8123)

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Paint is complete!

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Thanks for looking! I will do my best to get another update going this week. Any questions about the paint please feel free to ask.

Brandon’s Custom SCX10 Trail Ranger Build

Starting with a SCX10 kit and Axial’s Trail Ranger body; Axial Part #AX4009, I decided to take this one to the next level and add some more detail to the build.  I have a lot of ideas for this SCX10, but first lets start with the kit and the body work.

Option parts used are the Aluminum Shocks for the SCX10.  Axial Part # AX30090.

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With the Trail Ranger body trimmed I set it on the SCX10 to get an idea of the height and overall size of the body.  I prefer to keep the bodies as low as possible on my builds, I feel it gives a more scale appearance in the end.  With the rear body posts removed the body height was about right.  So I decided to cut out the lexan bed and do some styrene work.

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I used an X-Acto knife to cut out the lexan bed.

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The base of the bed is made from .080″ Styrene.  I used my X-Acto blade to score the styrene and removed the piece.  The first 3 pieces I made were for the back and sides of the bed.

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I used Plastruct Bondene to join the styrene and a silicon glue to adhere the styrene to the lexan body.

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Next I started on the floor of the bed.  I used my Axial reamer (Axial Part #AX20022) to mark the corners of each hoop and used the X-Acto to do the rest.  It took some time on the thick .080″ styrene but it comes out very clean in the end.scx-15

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Next you can see where the silicon glue was used along the top edge of the bed inside the groove of the lexan body that I did not cut out.  Also added the styrene between the top and the floor of the bed.

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The next step was the sides of the bed to finish tying together the floor and upper section of styrene.  I used .030″ styrene for the sides.

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Once I got the main section of the bed done I decided to add some more detail.  In order to cover up the back section of the lexan body underneath the rear window I built a tool box.  The floor of the bed also needed some work so I added some thin strips of styrene to give it some definition.

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The final touch is some diamond plate styrene for the tool box and the trail ranger body is ready for paint!

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Next week I will post up the pictures and details on the paint along with some more plans for this SCX10 build.

1st Annual SoCal Regionals

SoCal had it’s first “Regionals” comp recently at Corona Del Mar State Beach. Taking 1st or 2nd at this comp guarantees you an invite to the USRCCA Nationals. If you’re not familiar with the USRCCA Nationals, it’s the biggest R/C rock crawling comp of the year. Only the top drivers from their specific area get the invites. In year’s past the top drivers got invites, then the registration for nationals were opened to anyone wanting to come out and compete with the best. But, with R/C rock crawling gaining in popularity by leaps and bounds over the last few years, the open invites are no longer available because there are so many clubs around the country recognized by the USRCCA. So, “regional comps” are going to probably become mandatory procedure in the near future to get that prestigious invite to nationals.

For this first SoCal regionals there were 10 drivers from two different clubs battling it out. The top 5 from the SoCal club’s winter series and the top 5 from the San Diego crawler’s winter series. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the best day for this comp, because of some early morning rain/drizzle. But, the show must go on because of time restraints.

The drivers that made the cut:

Socal Club
1. Jake Wright
2. Dave Hekel
3. Brian Jones
4. Mike Johnson
5. Dale Johnson

SDRCRC Club
1 Dave Hekel
2 Nabil Jamali
3 Kevin D.
4 Charlie Villegas
5 Don Clark

Here’s a few highlights from the comp.

Dave Hekel’s rig on Course #3.

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Jake Wright.

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Don Clark’s custom tuber.

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Mike and Dale Johnson, a father son duo from southern California, are a force to be reckoned with.

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Charlie Villegas.

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Brian Jones.

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Kevin D working Course #4.

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Nabil Jamali the 2009 MidWest Challenge Champion on Course #4.

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And the lucky winners are……..
1. Jake Wright with a score of 71
2. Mike Johnson with a score of 105

Congrats to all the top 10 that got to compete in this shootout. There are a ton of awesome drivers in southern California. Just making it to this comp was tough, let alone having to finish in the top two.