Futaba Axialfest 2012

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Axial R/C Inc. is proud to announce that Futaba has been added to the sponsor list for AxialFest 2012

Futaba Denshi was established in 1948 as a manufacturer and seller of receiver vacuum tubes. Utilizing vacuum tube technology, Futaba began manufacturing fluorescent tube displays. In 1962 Futaba began producing radio control equipment as well as press and punching die components, placing what still remain two of the company’s primary divisions. This was later followed by the development of mold base components and digital position readout systems, and the more recent addition of Vacuum Fluorescent Display tube modules. Firmly embracing the principle of manufacturing each component in-house, Futaba creates everything from its own tools to its own manufacturing facilities. The soundness of this strategy is validated by their ever growing list of awards for consistent, high-quality products. Today Futaba Corporation is the world leader in Vacuum Fluorescent Flat Panel Display (VFD) used in automotive and consumer products, and Radio Control Systems for both hobby and industrial applications.

Interesting fact:

In the movie Back to the future “doc” is seen using a Futaba controller to drive his Delorean.

http://www.futaba-rc.com/



PIAA Axialfest 2012

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Axial R/C Inc. is proud to announce that PIAA has been added to the sponsor list for Axialfest 2012!

PIAA Corporation was established in 1963, with the commitment to manufacture world-class products customers could use with pride and confidence. Race-proven, easy-to-install lamps, bulbs and their lifetime warranty have made PIAA an industry leading manufacture of lighting products for your 1:1 vehicle. 

Vanquish Axialfest 2012

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Axial R/C Inc. is proud to announce that Vanquish has been added to the sponsors list for Axialfest 2012!

Vanquish Products, home of new and imaginative products. Vanquish products are designed, manufactured, packaged, and shipped all under one roof at the small Vanquish factory in Sacramento California. The Vanquish product line addresses several hobby products on the market with a desire to make them better and try to raise the performance bar. Visit us often as we are adding new products daily..

www.vanquishproducts.com

Tekin Axialfest 2012

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Axial R/C Inc. is proud to announce that Tekin has been added to the sponsors list for Axialfest 2012!

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

www.teamtekin.com

Axial “SCX10JK” tested – Moab, Utah for Easter Jeep Safari 2012

As we continue to build up our 2012 Jeep Rubicon we couldn’t help but notice the online buzz about Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, UT. The entire Rebel Off Road group were preparing their Jeeps for the event whilst putting time into our SCX10JK project. We decided that there was no better place to test our Jeep’s ability than to hit the world famous Moab rock trails. Moab has long been considered a Jeeper’s paradise, with roads that stretch hundreds of miles allowing people to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in the USA. Our “SCX10JK” wasn’t completely finished (is any rig ever really finished?), but we figured it was in a state of completion that would suit traveling the world famous Moab trails, hopefully without drama.

We requested some time from our internal graphics master Scott Roberts to whip up some art for the JK. He was extremely busy with Axial day to day operations, so we requested that he keep it simple and clean. We wanted to make sure our partners had a little exposure on the side of the Jeep as well as adding a little character to our rig. Scott whipped up some nice simple graphics for us and took the time to install them over at Rebel Off Road. Thank you Scott!

The first spot we hit was Hell’s Revenge. This particular trail is strange in that you drive your vehicle on a literal sea of rock. You simply follow the rubber marks from past travelers and negotiate a rollercoaster of winding trails. This place has a surface unlike anything I have ever seen. They call it slick rock, but the reality is… it is anything but slick. Instead it is like sandpaper and offers a tremendous amount of grip. It is possible to walk up near vertical faces in your plain old skate shoes!

There are some very cool breaks in the rock sea where there are winding sand trails

There are also a few ledges you must climb up

Bond from Rebel Off Road was our fearless leader on this run, he and his entire group of Jeepers are all awesome people to roll the trail with.

Bond’s Jeep

My ride for the trip was with Jason from Rebel, this Jeep is so awesome!!!

Here we are stopped for lunch!

To learn more about Hell’s revenge,click here

The next adventure we went on was on a trail called Metal Masher, this has to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever been! This trail winds up the side of a mountain and eventually takes you to a plateau overlooking Beautiful Moab, Ut.

Bond always makes the rounds to discuss what the trail has to offer and makes sure everyone is fully prepared for adventure, Thanks Bond!

Bond and his extremely well prepared JK always takes the bonus lines!

Some of the dry waterfalls and steps you get to drive up on this trail are absolutely amazing!!

This trail is loaded with optional more challenging lines; this was one of those advanced lines, amazing what these Jeeps are capable of!

Bond needed a little help getting over this one, so Jason stepped up to lend a hand :)

The Jeep experience is really cool. When the group reaches an obstacle, they all gather around and watch each other give it a shot. It is awesome to see so many people work together to make sure everyone enjoys their experience!

The terrain of this place is mind blowing!!

Rolling through beautiful Moab with a group of likeminded enthusiasts is surreal, as is the capabilities of this rig, JR… You have a sick Jeep my friend!!

Every time we would stop for an obstacle, the Axial RC rigs would come out and offer the youngsters a chance to get some of their own crawling done!

To learn more about Metal Masher click here.

We have successfully put the Axial “SCX10JK” through its paces, and as projected, it performed flawlessly! The combination of parts we selected to arm this JK for battle, were absolutely perfect! The body protection from Poison Spyder did its job, only experiencing minor scrapes, the wheel and tire combo from Walker Evans Racing and Maxxis offered tons of strength and traction, the Suspension system from Icon flexed when needed and offered excellent ride quality both on road and off road. The Spicer equipped drive shafts propelled us to incredible places, the crew at Rebel Off Road did a tremendous job preparing the JK and guiding us through some of the most incredible terrain on earth! You will have to wait to get a report on the TJM winch and recovery equipment, as of yet, we haven’t had to use it!

To get the history on the Axial “SCX10JK”, please check out the following links! Be sure to check back often, as we will continue to build up the SCX10JK and fine tune it for maximum performance!

The Full Size Connection

Axial 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited

Axial Visits Rebel Off Road

Axial “SCX10JK” – Icon Suspension

Axial “SCX10JK” Armor – Poison Spyder Crusher Flares and Crusher Corners

Axial “SCX10JK” Armor – Poison Spyder Rocker Armor and Rocker Knockers

Axial “SCX10JK” Armor – Skid Plates from Rebel Off Road

Axial “SCX10JK” Walker Evans Wheels – Maxxis Tires – Rebel Roof Rack

Axial “SCX10JK” Armor – Poison Spyder Front and Rear Bumpers – TJM Winch

AX10 Ridgecrest – Stage 1 Upgrades

With the release of the AX10 Ridgecrest, there’s been some chatter about it’s capabilities as a crawler.  Is it staying true to the AX10 name?  Well as part of the Axial design team, I can tell you we worked hard to insure this.  Though out of the box the Ridgecrest may have a bit more speed than a traditional crawler, wider axles and some exterior scale details, following in the tracks of it’s rock racer big brother the Wraith, with a few simple mods, the Ridgecrest can easily be a strong rock crawler.

Here’s the AX10 Ridgecrest as it sits out of the box.

First things first, let’s get the body off and move that battery to the front.  The battery tray is held in place with 4 M3 cap head screws and it’s the same with the electronics tray.

Simply remove all 8 screws and the trays are free.  You’ll have to open the radio box and unplug the steering servo as the servo wire is not quite long enough to reach the radio box when it’s installed in the rear position of the chassis.

At this point you can install the battery tray up front and the electronics in the rear of the chassis.  As for your servo wire you can purchase a servo wire extender for just a few dollars, or I had a junk servo, stole the wire and soldered the wires together to extend mine.

Next, lets get some weight in those wheels.  Using Axial parts I got some interior wheel weight rings, weight inserts, 2.2 beadlock wheels and Ripsaw 2.2 tires in R35 compound.

AX30545 – 2.2 Internal Wheel Weight Ring (2)

AX30546 – 2.2 Internal Wheel Weight Inserts 21g/0.75lbs (2)

AX12015 – 2.2 Ripsaw Tires R35 Compound (2)

AX8061 – Axial 2.2 VWS Beadlock Wheels Set (Black) (2)

I added just three weights to each ring for the front wheels.  Using all 6 weights would have made the wheels too heavy.  We need just enough weight for good traction and stability.

Each front wheel ended up weighing 13.05oz, as compared to a stock wheel weighing only 5.57oz.

Next it was time to work on the shocks and lower the center of gravity.  A simple trick on AR60 OCP axles is to flip the link/shock mount to lower the chassis. Some additional tech.

Utilizing the stock shocks, I disassembled and added aluminum bodies, aluminum caps, Delrin machined pistons and super soft springs.  When reassembling I used 30wt shock oil.

AX30111 – Aluminum Shock Caps (2)

AX30120 – Aluminum Shock Body 12×47.5mm (2)

AX30438 – 10mm Machined Piston – 1.2 (1)

AX30223 – Spring 14x70mm 1.04lbs/in – Black (2)

When installing the shocks, I used the upper mounting hole that lays the shocks back more, inward towards the center of the chassis.

Back together with just a few hours of work and here’s the modified chassis layout.

And here’s the fruits of our labor.  The Ridgecrest looks mean.  Time to take it out for some quick testing to see the dramatic improvement in crawling capability.

The front is planted.  Traction and grab of the front tires is greatly improved and I can get the front way up, with less chance of roll over.  Articulation is great and the suspension articulates smoothly with the new shock parts.  This is only Stage 1.  Next time we’ll add aluminum links, create some more tire clearance and really get this thing crawling.

 

Trail Buster Challenge

Event: Trail Buster Challenge

Where: 208 Bemis Rd. Fitchburg, MA 014220

When: April 28, 2012

Classes: 1.9 scale , 2.2 unlimited

Entry fee: $15

Contact: 978.342.3374

Rules:

Modified (1.9 scale)

This class is for the typical trail rigs, that you have modified quite a bit for off road. You would most likely ” TRAILER ” these to the trailhead.

* Vehicle is limited to 1.9 inch wheels/rims or smaller at the bead surface.
* All 1.9″ OEM tires are legal, any modified tire may only be 6″ tall
* Track width can be NO more than 12.5″
* Vehicles are limited to 1 ESC only
* Vehicles are limited to 1 motor powering both of the axles
* Vehicle battery must be mounted on the chassis.
* Vehicles are limited to 2-wheel steering only.
* No 4 wheel steer or rear steer
* No “DIG” of any kind is allowed.

Bodied vehicles:

* 1/8th or 1/10th bodies that should resemble its original form.
* Wheelbase to match body’s intended wheelbase, up to a 1.5″ allowed difference, maximum wheelbase of 13.75″
* Full frame chassis only, Chassis minimum length to be no less than the corresponding wheelbase

Bodiless vehicles:

* Bodiless vehicles must resemble a 1:1 vehicle to include hood & grille ( Jeep, FJ40 etc)
* Wheelbase to match chassis intended wheelbase, up to a 1.5″ allowed difference, maximum wheelbase of 13.75″
* 1/8th or 1/10th scale tuber that must be a self-supporting, structurally complete, rigid frame as long as the intended wheel base
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Unlimited (2.2 scale)

This class is for the typical trail rigs, that you have modified quite a bit for off road. You would most likely ” TRAILER ” these to the trailhead. Similar to the modified class but with even less restrictions.

* Vehicle is limited to 2.2″ wheels/rims or smaller at the bead surface.
* All 2.2″ OEM tires are legal, any modified tire may only be 6″ tall
* No limit on track width
* Vehicles are limited to 1 ESC only
* Vehicles are limited to 1 motor powering both of the axles
* Vehicle battery must be mounted on the chassis.

Bodied vehicles:

* 1/8th or 1/10th bodies that should resemble its original form.
* Wheelbase to match body’s intended wheelbase, up to a 2.75″ allowed difference, maximum wheelbase of 13″. Centerline of axle must fall within factory wheelwell openings.
* Full frame chassis only, Chassis minimum length to be no less than the corresponding wheelbase

Bodiless vehicles:

* Bodiless vehicles must resemble a 1:1 vehicle to include hood & grille ( Jeep, FJ40 etc)
* Wheelbase to match chassis intended wheelbase, up to a 1.5″ allowed difference, maximum wheelbase of 13.75″
* Chassis length must be as long as vehicles wheelbase.
* 1/8th or 1/10th scale tuber that must be a self-supporting, structurally complete, rigid frame as long as the intended wheel base

For more information follow the forum at RCExcitment.

RECON Crawlers Biggest Little G6 Challenge

Saturday, April 14, 2012
Thomas Creek Trail
Reno, Nevada
Words and Photos by Matt Soileau

The RECON G-Train made a stop on the Thomas Creek Trail at the base of Mt. Rose in Reno, Nevada on April 14, 2012. As usual, the unpredictable Northern Nevada weather wasn’t sure what it wanted to do. It was snowing lightly as I arrived, but that did not deter the participants. There were over 70 drivers lined up waiting for tech!

After a quick tech, drivers lined up for the start. That’s a lot of SCX10s and Wraiths!

I checked out a few rigs while waiting in line and noticed some interesting things. Here, Alien Gee-Six has brought his Jet-Ski along. A boat was not just recommended; it was mandatory for this G6.

I also noticed the Wicked Witch and the Cowardly Lion blew in from Kansas.

This bad Wraith was sporting some saweeet AR60 axles from VP. They gave me serious axle envy. VP also makes a set for the AX10 axles. Look for them later in this blog.

When I finally reached the tech table, they handed me one of these notebooks. These hold the simple beauty of the G6.  All events are on the honor system. You are responsible for recording all your penalties in this notebook.

What the heck? RECON founder Brian Parker will now be known as Twinkle Toes

Elio aka Zokerd showed up with some his best G-wards yet.  Each event he outdoes himself with the awards he makes for the top finishers.

Hmmm, what could that be?

Oh, I see. It’s a coveted SK knife from Oliver Knives.  Thom K was sporting the one he earned at last year’s Axial West Coast Championship.  You can earn yours at this year’s Axial Fest 2012. http://axialracing.com/blog_posts/9998/

Brain Parker gets most of the recognition for the G6 events, but there are many others that help to put them on. A few were recognized before the driving began. Elio got an award for making awards.

StuWey got an award for running the computers and keeping track of all the scores and prize winners.  This is one of the few times you get to see him out from behind the computer.

B-Rad got one for having to put up with the abuse from Parker everyday.

The Ultra Class had a Le Mans style start.  Run, run, run, as fast as you can.

Ignore that sign.

Thomas Creek Trail has plenty of beautiful sights to distract the drivers.  Axial Falls was the backdrop to one of the early trail markers.

More of the clear dirt. It was abundant on the first half of the trail.

The elusive Team Twerk driver, Rosa. She was hard to catch. 500 667

These slippery logs made lots of drivers nervous. It was like a deadlier version of the Cables of Carnage.

A G-Trail.  Is there anything more captivating?

Go, MightyJoe! Here is your requisite picture.

Oh noes!

The fun is up there. Follow me.

Fun for all ages. Here Skeeno Jr tries to keep up with her old man.

Axial Alien Gee-Six floats his boat while Skeeno’s boat begins to take on water. Lots of boats suffered the wrath of the class 6 rapids.

Almost home.

Swag pile. Thanks to Axial, VP, BPC, Propane, and PLE for the finishing prizes.

You have to keep your eyes open during a G6 because there are often treasures hidden in plain sight. This guy found the Shaka Bra mask and was rewarded with a 1 hour time bonus. Score!

John Hallman from PLE was the unlucky winner of the Hard Luck award. His honesty and positive attitude is what G6in is about.

Team Twerk’s team mom, Rose had to accept Rosa’s award. Rosa was so fast she blew past the finish and kept going.

Angela made Clint proud by taking home the prize as well as some Shaka Bra beads.

Wraith winner, Dan W and Ultra winner, Thom K had to leave early, so they were not available for pictures.

So, there you have it. Another great day of G6 scale adventure. Look for the G-Train near you. You don’t want to miss the fun.

And remember, Axial Fest 2012 is approaching June 22nd. Get your camp site reserved.

2012 Portland Auto Show

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Axial Team driver Ryan Gerrish and longtime friends Brett Carlson, Mitch Warner, Maren Holmboe, Jonathon and Jade @ Jugtown Vinyl once again did an incredible job preparing and manning the Axial interactive display system with Tammie’s Hobbies for the 2012 Portland International Auto show.

Ryan sent us a note about his experience at the auto show:

The 2012 Portland International Auto Show concluded without a hitch, we successfully subjected thousands of innocent but willing attendees to the joys of Axial crawling. Our Honcho’s and Wraiths performed admirably, driven mostly by beginners for 4 days straight, 10 hours a day, almost continuously. We saw very minor issues with the vehicles, but nothing that kept any one of them down for more than a few minutes, and considering the abuse they endured, that’s pretty amazing! Watching kids and adults take the rigs through their paces was awesome. Some of them caught on quickly, and were trying the harder lines on the course, while others simply tried to destroy the trucks! Keeping up with roll-over recovery was exhausting by the end of Sunday, but we had a fantastic time and look forward to running the display again next year! Big thanks to Axial, Tammie’s Hobbies and the Auto Show for the opportunity!

The interactive display turned out to be quite a challenge. It offered something for everyone. There were easy lines for the beginners, and some very advanced lines available for expert drivers and more capable Axial vehicles…

The Axial logo was a very nice touch!!

As ryan expressed, people lined up all day to try their hand at the Axial rock wall, even some youngsters!

In our previous blog post about Portland we showed you these cool full size Honchos like this one…

What we didn’t show you is the scaled down version of the Honcho that is ready to tackle the course!

All in all, the people of Portland Oregon really enjoyed the opportunity to run the Axial vehicles as well as experience a little piece of the outdoor lifestyle from the comfort of the exhibit hall! We appreciate all the hard work that Ryan and crew put into this event, and are proud to call them part of the Axial Family. Thanks guys!! Awesome Job!!

Click here to see the blog post on the Full size honchos

Click here for the step by step display build blog post

Join Us at the 20th Big Bear Jeep Jamboree USA – May 10-12, 2012

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The 20th annual Big Bear Jeep Jamboree is coming will take place on May 10-12th and we are looking forward to participating this year.
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If you own a Jeep, of any kind, you should look into attending one of these events that Jeep Jamboree puts on in conjunction with various 4X4-Clubs all across the country! They are fun, informative, family friendly and sure to provide a good time.
2011 Jeep Jamboree USA

Here is a brief History about Jeep Jamboree USA:
Jeep® Jamborees are off-road adventure weekends that bring together the outdoors, down-to-earth people, and their Jeep 4x4s. These treks have been a tradition since 1953 when 4×4 pioneer Mark A. Smith organized the first ever Jeep Jamboree and voyaged across the Sierra Nevada Mountains by way of the old Rubicon Trail. In 1954, Willys Motors – then manufacturer of Jeeps – became involved and Jeep Jamborees have been an off-road tradition ever since.

This year I personally will be acting as a Trail Guide for Jeep Jamboree USA with the hosting Jeep club of Inland Empire 4 Wheeler’s, this will be my second appearance as a Trail Guide to this event. Last year’s event brought me great pleasure and excitement as I was able to use my off-roading experience and skills to help others in attendance get through the challenges and broaden their off-roading skills. Some of the attendees have never put their Jeeps in 4-Lo or even been on a dirt road.
2011 Jeep Jamboree USA
2011 Jeep Jamboree USA

Go to these websites for more information.
Website: http://jeepjamboreeusa.com/
Event Schedule: http://jeepjamboreeusa.com/forms/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jeepjamboreeusa
Inland Empire 4 Wheeler’s: http://www.ie4w.com/

If you’re going….See you on trail.