RECON G6 Paranormal Scale Activity

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RECON G6 Presents
Paranormal Scale Activity
Haunted Rock Park, Sparks, Nevada
October 19, 2013

This was the third year that the RECON G6 held an event at Rock Park. Each October in conjunction with the Halloween spirit, the RECON Crew hosts a spooky event to entertain their loyal followers. This year the theme was the paranormal as the title implies.  Many eager G6ers came out to experience chilling fun.

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Jesse, aka Fliptout808, is the newest member of the RECON G6 crew. He handled the check in.

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Broken Clothing came and hung out to support the G6ers.

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Some Axialfest attendees represented with their Axialfest Banners and window stickers.

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Since there was paranormal activity reported, the Ghost Busters showed up, who else you gonna call?

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This apparition was pretty for a ghost. From the skull, I deduced that she was once on a pirate ship. She haunted this JK.

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Alright, enough talking and gawking. Let’s get this drivers’ meeting going.

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A ghost must have stolen Parker’s voice, because I have never heard him this quiet; even after Axialfest. He enlisted the help of Erik O’bien, aka Tree, to relay the rules and his message of fun.

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Of course no G6 can begin until the National Anthem is played.

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The first Trail Marker was through the mud pit. It’s better to get the dirty part with over quickly.

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Most rigs took the first pass in the mud a little daintily.

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These guys were happy to get in a little Truckee water to wash off the mud.

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Because the RECON G6 is so much fun, lots of families come out and run as a group. Here the Meeks clan begins their day.

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There were several pink kits on course, most of them driven by females. We love to see the ladies at the RECON G6.

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This guy’s smiling because he knows that finishing a RECON G6 is like winning a RECON G6. Here he is just taking a minute to readjust his beadlocks.

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I know these guys are RECON G6 vets because the one on the right is wearing his G6 Certified shirt.  Look at his smile.  That’s why he came back.

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Tree roots are like stairs.

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If you see a stamp on a RECON G6 trail, stop and stamp your log book.

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This pipe was easy if you were the first few kits through.  It got a little dug out and became tricky quickly.

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Not only was the pipe tricky, but so was the footing.  The ground was a little steep and this unlucky fellow took a face dive into the Truckee.

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Luckily, Tree was there to lend a hand to his fellow G6er.

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I see another one of those pink kits back there.

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Ahh, spider! Wait a minute; that’s a fake spider. If you see suspicious things like this at a RECON G6, pick it up and drive it back to G Central. You get a little bonus for it.

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Team Scuba tried not to get fully submerged this time.

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TM79 was the turnaround point.

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Back a G Central, drivers got to do a little hopscotch.

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They also got to tackle the Bautista Terror.

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Drivers did 2 laps, so another pass through the mud pit was necessary.

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Not a Conga line, but still more fun.

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The Hobbit section was tight going, but by the second lap, the G Trail had been cut in nicely.

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The trees around Reno were starting to turn a pretty orange for fall.

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Pooped Parker chilled by the pit while Anthony, aka Rivas Concepts, did work.

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Those lights tell me it’s time for the night stage.

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This pink kit is ready to conquer the night.

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Pink sweatshirt, you know what that means.

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Yup, females representing.

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Uh oh, help a brother out will ya?

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Of course, helping is what the Spirit of the G is all about.

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Up the rocks…

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…and down the rocks

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Time to go Boony Bumping in the Rip Rap.

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This Wraith makes the Truckee River glow green.

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This is what it looks like before you get run over.

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Lots of fun is happening here.

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Rivas Concepts is trying to figure out where the 1.9 and 2.2 lines are.

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Night bath.

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Darkness makes water even more treacherous.

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There’s a lady doing work.

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And another.

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Another family getting in some drive time.

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The Tree Crotch of Doom.  That wire hooked a few kits.

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G Train.

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What the heck is that?

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The Glowing, Smoking Mud Pit.  Party Time!

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Like an alien crossing.

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This guy tried to jump the mud. He almost made it.

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The highlight of this little guys night was getting to drive the mud pit.

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1.9 Driver of the Day

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2.2 Driver of the Day

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Broken Clothing Driver of the Night

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Another Broken Clothing Driver of the Night

The next RECON G6 is coming to Nor Cal on November 9.  Look for details on the Wild Turkey G6 here: http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/recon-g6/

U4RC Rock Racing – Glen Helen Series Finale

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Race Report: U4RC Staff
Photos: James C. Goad

It’s a wrap for the inaugural U4RC short course rock racing series! And “wow” what a series it was, with tons of never seen before extreme r/c action. U4RC has combined the world of r/c rock crawling and r/c off road racing with a “scale” twist. This exciting new genre of “scale” racing is exploding across the United States, with series either running or slated to start in the near future in several states. And U4RC is very proud to be partnered up with Axial Racing for 2014.

Previous to the start of the last event, the guys at U4RC were hard at work making some changes to the course

Axial Racing’s partnership with U4RC is a perfect match. Especially since one or more Axial Racing rigs are legal in all four U4RC classes. Not to mention they are the overall dominating manufacture at U4RC events. We have had several drivers show up with “box stock” Axial rigs. One of which was a Poison Spyder Customs Wraith that took home a 4th place finish right out of the box!

On to the Finals racing info! With a total of over 50 individual rigs registered to race throughout the 4 classes. This was the largest U4RC event to date.

Heat racing started with the 1.9 Trail class, which is an excellent entry/beginner level class into U4RC racing. The action started immediately at the start /finish line, with driver’s battling for the” hole shot” into turn #1. Most rigs in the 1.9T class are your typical “scale” rigs. Of which consist of 95% Axial rigs, namely; Rubicon’s, Honcho’s, Dingo’s, and SCX10’s, both stock and highly modified. There was tons of action throughout the day in 1.9T, although these rigs are slightly slower than their 2.2 counterparts they are definitely not short of excitement. The 1.9T classes top finishers for the day were James Williams #95 with 1st place, Jerry Ellifritz #88 with 2nd place, both Axial Rubicons and Steve Richardson #90 taking the 3rd spot, with an Axial SCX10.

The 1.9 Competitor class was not short of excitement either. Jason Fletcher’s SCX10 based FB rig had a great showing. And word from Axial Racing Team driver Jake Wright is of a soon to be completed, SCX10 based U4 rig that is guaranteed to take the 1.9C class by storm!

2.2 Competitor class is the most popular class right now at U4RC races. And it’s no doubt why with several Axial rigs (Wraith, EXO, RidgeCrest, 2.2” clad SCX10’s) that are legal in the class. The high flying action started with Heat #1 and didn’t subside till the podium was settled in the Main. The rigs in this class provide a lot of “aired out eye candy” for the spectators and drivers alike. This class was also dominated by Axial rigs, with Rich Boltz #4 taking the top spot with his AR60 rear axled EXO buggy, Derek Gan #711 took 2nd place with his Wraith, and Reed Claxton #4415 grabbed 3rd place with his Poison Spyder Wraith. The rock sections were tough and these drivers and their rigs conquered them without issues.

Last, but far from least is the 2.2 Trophy class. This is what we consider our “U4RC grass roots class”. 2.2T is a builder’s class, with some of the absolute most realistic rigs in any form of r/c racing to date. With a minimum weight and stricter “scale” requirements, it makes for true to life racing action! Several of the custom builds run Axial drivetrain alongside of Wraiths that have been tweaked to meet class weight specs. Don’t be fooled though, these drivers flog their rigs just as hard as the lighter classes. Top honors in 2.2T were handed out to Chris Pickering #01 1st place, Justin Bodewitz #13 in 2nd and Shawn Jones took home a 3rd place finish. All three top rigs were Axial based, with Justin’s rig being a Wraith.

U4RC is excited and looking forward to our winter series, which starts November 23rd at Glen Helen R/C Raceway, with a full race schedule every month going into 2014.

Special thanks to all the competitors and volunteers that help to make this exciting form of racing what it is, we appreciate your support!

U4RC

For more information about U4RC and upcoming events, be sure to visit and like their FB page here.

Custom Wraith Build: First Person View (FPV) Setup

First Person View or “FPV” as it’s known in it’s simplest form is the act of transmitting a video camera signal from an RC vehicle to a video receiver and viewing that video in goggles or on a video monitor to control the vehicle from the perspective of the driver.

We recently teamed up with “CaliDave” and avid FPV’er on a ground based FPV vehicle build featuring our Axial Wraiths to see what kind of FPV fun he could come up with using the stock setups.

Here are his build notes:

For this build I wanted to setup a basic yet fun FPV system on the Axial Wraith since it’s such a cool truck and already features a very realistic inside cab and dash. I picked the GoPro camera since it can both record in HD and send the live feed out for the FPV link, and it features a nice wide angle lens that makes for a great perspective inside the Wraith cab.

I worked with Tim @ www.ReadyMadeRC.com to design a camera mount plate that would fit onto the Wraith to hold the GoPro (or other cameras) firm onto the truck to handle the sometimes bumpy ride, and we came up with something that works perfect for a camera mount either just to add a GoPro for simple recording, or for full on FPV.

On the truck side it was setup with the GoPro linked to the ImmersionRC 5.8G 600mw video transmitter and Circular Wireless (CW) Skew Planar antenna to help improve the video link quality cruising around on the ground.

That signal was sent to a 5.8G wireless receiver module using another CW Skew antenna on some FatShark Dominator goggles where I could see the video from the Wraith to drive it.

The 5.8G setup was clean and concise and the small Circular Wireless antenna were easy to tuck under the roll bars to protect them from roll overs.

This made for a “grab and go” setup with the FPV enabled Wraith, radio and goggles… that’s it!

Once running in FPV the Wraith was a blast challenging myself to hill climbs and trail running, and even some short course like fun just to try it out.

I also built up a second Wraith kit version and did a custom paint job honoring ReadyMadeRC as a sponsor along with Axial and hit the road for some tandem FPV action with the trucks.

The Wraith’s perform great and driving from inside the cab is a total blast. If you’ve not tried FPV, you should check it out for your ground vehicle. It’s a ton of fun challenging yourself with the new driving perspective alone or with friends.

Check out the video! This is exactly what I see while driving the vehicle…

You can get all the featured FPV gear and camera mounting kit from ReadyMadeRC

You can also check more pics, build info and links to the components here

To check out more FPV awesomeness, please visit GroundStationTV

Special thanks to the folks at Axial for the Wraith trucks and support on the build!

-CaliDave

Axial’s AS-3 Servo Upgrade

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Axial’s AS-3 servo is standard equipment in all RTR Axial vehicles. We know most people hear the term “RTR servo” and they immediately think an “upgrade” is in order. But, this servo is actually very capable for an RTR servo, especially when used in conjunction with 1.9 wheels and tires. The AS-3 servo is a digital servo, it has metal gears and is rated at 150 ounces of torque at 6.0 volts. The one drawback that this servo does have is the main output shaft is supported by a plastic bushing rather than a bearing. After you have run a few battery packs through your RTR you may notice a little slop in the servo’s output shaft where the servo horn attaches. Once dirt gets in around the output shaft and bushing, it starts to wear the bushing fairly quickly. As the bushing wears the servo output shaft will develop some side to side play. Once it wears to a certain point your gear mesh will be compromised and you run the risk of stripping teeth off a servo gear. Luckily for us Fast Eddy Bearings has recognized that a simple inexpensive bearing can add a lot of life to that RTR servo, and eliminate these problems. This is the best “bang for your buck” mod you can make to any Axial RTR vehicle. It is a simple, inexpensive way to upgrade your Axial AS-3 RTR servo.

Remove the servo horn from the servo’s output shaft. Then, remove the servo from the front axle. You will want to unplug the servo from the receiver, just to make the switch less of a hassle. A shot of the servo, and the new 6x10x2.5mm bearing that will replace the bushing.
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Using a 1.5mm driver, loosen up the 4 small screws on the bottom of the servo case.
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You can leave the screws in the case, just make sure they are all loose.
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Set the servo upright so it is sitting on the heads of the 4 screws. Push down on the case and the screws will pop the top cap off. Notice the white bushing on the servo’s output shaft. That is what we will be replacing. If you don’t see it around the output, check the cap of the servo case.
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Bushing removed.
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A side by side shot of the bearing and bushing.
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Install the new bearing in the top cap.
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Reinstall the servo’s top cap and you are done!
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Performing this simple mod will add a lot of life to your AS-3 servo. As mentioned earlier, this is one of the best mods you can make to your RTR Axial vehicle for durability reasons. If you have an old AS-3 servo laying around because it has some slop and you wanted to upgrade. Try installing one of these bearings, and you will have a decent metal gear servo for your spare parts bin.

Link to 6x10x2.5 bearing.
http://www.fasteddybearings.com/6x10x2-5-metal-shielded-bearing-mr106zz-w2-5/

Still not sure you have the confidence to perform this modification? Check out Team Fast Eddy’s video tutorial for a visual step by step “how to”!