BEEF TUBES – Official Sponsor of AXIALFEST 2017

Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce BEEF TUBES as a first time sponsor supporting AXIALFEST2017!

What are Beef Tubes, you ask? Beef Tubes are an upgrade for plastic axle housing that benefits the rig in several ways. They add weight down low to help the center of gravity on your rig, enabling you to run less rotating weight in the tires. They also “Beef” up the axle housing itself to help keep from breaking and/or snapping the housing in half. Another benefit is that they give you a solid metal mount for the c-hub screws, instead of the stock thin plastic that normally holds the c-hub screws and strips out easily.

We are a Family run business, established in 2011. We strive on customer service and offering only the best R/C products to our loyal customers. In 2015, we decided to expand our product line by offering R/C Recovery Gear, known as Beef Jerky. From winch line, to tow straps, we offer the strongest recovery gear on the market.

Please look around our website. If you have any questions, please click on the contact button above and fill out the form. We will respond as soon as possible.

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TOWER HOBBIES – Official Sponsor of AXIALFEST 2017


Axial R/C Inc. is pleased to announce Tower Hobbies as a returning sponsor for AXIALFEST 2017! Tower Hobbies has been a continued sponsor of AXIALFEST since 2014.

From Bruce Holecek, Founder of Tower Hobbies I started Tower Hobbies in 1971. It all began with a love of hobbies, $800.00 in personal savings, and a dream. A dream to create the largest and finest hobby mail-order company in the world. A dream that has come true even beyond my wildest expectations!

During the first year my brother Mark joined me in this fledgling venture and in 1972 Jeri and I were married and this brought our total employee roster up to three! During those early years we ate, breathed, slept, talked and dreamed about nothing but Tower Hobbies. Tower Hobbies grew quickly as it revolutionized the radio control industry with toll-free “800″ WATS lines, an in-house mainframe IBM computer, annual catalogs that are the “bibles” of the industry, a multiple-award-winning web site and most importantly a determined commitment to low prices, excellent service, and our “customers are Kings” attitude.

In the mid-’70s, Mark left Tower Hobbies to start a different business on his own. In 1984 Clint Atkins, a local Champaign businessman joined Tower Hobbies in an ownership capacity. Clint brought considerable strengths to Tower Hobbies that enabled it to provide even better prices, products and services than ever before. In 2005, Clint, Jeri and I sold Tower Hobbies to an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) but continued on in a leadership role. Now, the employees of Tower Hobbies own the company and have a real investment in 100% customer satisfaction.

I started, and Tower Hobbies continues today, with a very simple game plan: offer the finest products available at the lowest prices and to provide absolutely the finest service. This game plan is a lot more than just a plan — it’s a promise. A promise that is honored by each and every dedicated employee of Tower Hobbies. All of the dedicated employee-owners are Team Tower Hobbies and their personal and professional commitment to excellence is your guarantee of total satisfaction and outstanding value.

Clint, Jeri and I thank you for your loyal support all these years. Our employee-owners will continue to do everything they can to constantly improve Tower Hobbies to serve you even better in the future. You always have been and certainly continue to be absolutely the most important reason for our very existence, and we promise never to forget this simple truth.
Remember, your total satisfaction is personally guaranteed by the best team Tower Hobbies ever put together. We invite you to become and stay a satisfied customer-and welcome you to the exciting world of hobbies — the Tower Hobbies Way!

Sincerely yours, Bruce Holecek Founder, Tower Hobbies

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Team KNK Hardware – Official Sponsor of AXIALFEST 2017

Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce Team KNK Hardware as a returning sponsor and attendees, supporting AXIALFEST2017!

Why Us? Why not? We offer quality products at a great price.  We put our customers first.  We realize that without you, there is no us.

At Team KNK, we are focused on providing the highest levels of customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations.
With a variety of offerings to choose from, we’re sure you’ll be happy working with us. Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us. We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. There’s much more to come!

KNIGHT CUSTOMS – Official Sponsor of AXIALFEST 2017

Axial is pleased to announce KNIGHT CUSTOMS as a returning sponsor and attendee for AXIALFEST 2017!

Knight Customs is Dedicated to bring you only the best 3D printed parts for your 1/10 scale radio control models. Knight Customs create individual scale parts, driver figures & body sets created to customize your Axial, RC4WD and Tamiya radio control
model scale builds.

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SUPERSHAFTY – Official Sponsor of AXIALFEST 2017

Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce SuperShafty as a first-time sponsor and attendees, supporting AXIALFEST2017! While this is their first time attending and sponsoring AXIALFEST, SuperShafty has been a long time supporter of Axial products.

Since 2008, SuperShafty has provided hand assembled BOMBPROOF products specifically for Axial trucks. Transmissions are where we got started and where the focus or our product line. We create products that not only upgrade the performance of your trail truck or comp truck, we include a 100% lifetime warranty on all parts. We make transmissions that will handle more abuse than you could ever throw at them backed by an unsurpassed warranty. If you want to see some of the best transmissions on the market you have to check out SuperShafty. We are also releasing a new line of aftermarket rollcages for Axial trucks including monster truck chassis and a JeepSpeed cage for the AXIAL SCX10 ii platform.

Please stop by our Axialfest booth in fabricator Alley and say to hi to Michael Derstine, Owner, and Allen Repass, Chief Idea Man and see what we have going on.


TEKIN – Official Sponsor of AXIALFEST 2017

Axial R/C Inc. is pleased to announce TEKIN as a returning sponsor and attendee
for AXIALFEST 2017! TEKIN is one of the longest standing supporters of AXIALFEST,
since 2012!

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.

AMain Performance Hobbies – Official Sponsor of AXIALFEST 2017

Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce AMain Performance Hobbies as a second year returning sponsor and attendees, supporting AXIALFEST2017!

Back in May 2004, Kendall and Kelly Bennett embarked on a mission to build an online RC store that provides an exceptional customer experience. AMain Performance Hobbies offers a wide selection of RC Planes, RC Helicopters, Drones, and RC Cars/Trucks, along with industry leading customer service and support.
In July 2014, A Main Hobbies was renamed as AMain Performance Hobbies. AMain Performance Hobbies’ mission is a commitment to sharing the fun, camaraderie, and joy of performance sports and hobbies with our customers. Whether you’re new to the hobby, or an extreme pilot, basher, or hard core racer, you can rest assured our team of passionate experts and professionals will check, double-check and triple-check your order, and provide the best before- and after-sale support in the industry.

Company Information
AMain Performance Hobbies is part of the Performance Sports & Hobbies multi channel retailer. We have operated out of the Chico, California area since 2004. In that time, both consumers and suppliers have recognized us as being a trusted retailer and business partner.

In May, 2004, Kendall and Kelly Bennett started A Main Hobbies (as it was known then) out of their 2-car garage in sunny Chico, California. Kendall, with his passion for RC hobbies, having a software engineering degree and experience running a successful software development company, decided to start the company of his dreams. Kelly, coming from an extensive customer service and human resources background, pitched in with helping customers by phone and filled orders, while Kendall worked his wizardry with the website.

The company grew quickly; mostly from word of mouth of RC racers on forums. AMain gained its quality reputation by maintaining a broad selection of inventory, delivering excellent customer service, providing expedited shipping at reasonable rates, and giving back to the RC community by sponsoring races and charitable events.

The business has had to move to 3 different locations in its first ten years of business so it could continue to grow and succeed. We are now located in a 60,000 square foot building which houses our distribution center and offices. We have an RC track: Silver Dollar RC Raceway, which is an outdoor state-of-the-art RC raceway located at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico, CA, that hosted the 2013 IFMAR Worlds race event.  We also run two successful retail stores in town: AMain Performance Hobbies which sells RC hobby products and Cyclesport which is a leading retailer of cycling products.

Our Vision: Share the Fun!

Our Mission: We are committed to sharing the fun, camaraderie and joy of performance sports and hobbies with our customers.

Our Core Values
Inspire Trust
Be Committed
Embrace Change
Be Accountable
Strive for Excellence

CASTLE CREATIONS – Official Sponsor of AXIALFEST 2017

Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce Castle Creations as a first-time sponsor and attendees, supporting AXIALFEST2017! While this is their first time attending and sponsoring AXIALFEST, Castle Creations has been a long time Technical Partner to Axial R/C Inc.

Castle Creations has become one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electronic speed controls by combining state-of-the-art technologies with high volume manufacturing. The principles that helped us grow from one man with a desire for “something better” are still our driving force. We constantly work to bring our customers products that are unmatched in quality, design, and reliability at a competitive price.

Every day we strive to provide superior products with unequaled service and support. Our technical support team has set the industry standard for knowledgeable advice, troubleshooting hints, and the most courteous customer service available anywhere.

Castle Creations is located in a suburb of Kansas City. We are proud to employ more than 95 people, and that number is growing all the time!

Through integrity and innovation, be the world leader in solutions to the industries we serve.

Castle Creations is dedicated to engineering and manufacturing innovative, cost-effective and high performance solutions for the clients we serve.

Canyon Coolers Contest


CONTEST TIME!!! Canyon Coolers, #AXIALFEST2017 sponsor, has donated this Scout-22 cooler for a social contest! WHO WANTS TO WIN THIS? Like Scott said, he wants to see your AXIALFEST PROSPECTOR FEVER THEMED BUILD next to your most “raggidiest” moldy, crusty, greasy cooler in a single photo comment to this post. This way we know who deserves a new Scout-22 Canyon Cooler the most!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THE CONTEST. Entry into this Contest constitutes your acceptance of these Official Rules.

CONTEST ENTRY DATES: Contest start date is the date of our contest post. Contest ends 10 days afterwards. Facebook post went live on June 12.

WHO MAY ENTER: Contest is only open to U.S. legal residents who are new or existing Axial Facebook followers. Must have a valid email address.

CONTEST ENTRY: To enter, reply to our Canyon Coolers Contest post and submit your photo of your Axialfest 2017 Prospector Fever themed build alongside your old, beat up cooler. You must post a single photo of both items as a comment to the Axial Canyon Coolers Contest post to be eligible.
Judges’ decisions are final and binding.
PRIZE: One (1) Canyon Coolers Scout 22 Adventure Cooler

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be determined after the Contest’s end date and will be notified via Facebook.

This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.
Axial R/C Inc. 26022 Pala, Mission Viejo, CA 92691


Custom Built Axial SCX10 6X6 by John Keifer Jr.

Custom Built Axial 6X6 by John Keifer Jr.
words & photos: Rodney Wills

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I previously posted the above image with this statement on my Facebook page:
I’ve never ran a 20-gallon 2S tank in a event before. I’m actually not much of a TTC/event guy, I’m more of a 50-gallon 3S adventure type. Plus, this is a new rig too, so I’m not use to all the functional details and I’ve yet to install my old 4-bar Team FastEddy fuel-gauge. Anyhow, I went exploring the back forty of the Team KNK R/C Farm and ran out of electro-juice. Had to call a 6X6 wrecker service! Luckily John Keifer Jr. of Dad’s Trucking had his CB on during the event. He was at the same event, so the dispatch office called him and came to my rescue from Poison Oak forest. I was super impressed with his rig so look for a vehicle feature on the Axial blog soon’ish!

I couldn’t get this rig out of my head, so check out the following photos I took during that trip and a few details about John Keifer Jr. and his awesome looking – meticulously detailed – custom built Axial SCX10 6X6!

And check the little video we shot as well.

John got his first hobby grade R/C roughly around 1985. It was a Tamiya Falcon buggy. From there, Keifer Jr. has owned all makes, models and forms of cars and trucks. And John has spent his fair share of time racing off-road outdoors and indoor carpet racing. But like many, John took a little break from R/C when his family expanded with siblings added.  As both kids got old enough to enjoy the hobby, John got got back into it along with getting his kids into the hobby as well!

The scale crawler scene is what really drew him back in and when the time came, the family purchased a couple Axial SCX10 Deadbolts and it all escalated from there! Then a Cassie Curry SCX10 was added and his son recently purchased an SCX10-2 KIT at the KNK TTC4. He assembled it himself and has it running.

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John, like most grown adult men, love big trucks and work semi’s. But he wanted to build a flatbed hauler to haul their scale trail trucks around at events. For John, The SCX10 platform was an easy choice for a “budget” winter build to allow time for buying and trading of parts to acquire all the items needed.

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I asked John about the Dad’s Trucking company decal on the door and asked him, what’s the story on that? John knows a graphic designer who makes all of his scale decals and license plates. He did his research on trucking company door decals for reference as he wanting something that looked like an old school trucking company. It was John’s idea for Dad’s Trucking as he stated, “I seem to be the one building and maintaining all of our family’s rigs!” The 419 in the number is his local area code to keep it realistic. Once he had it sorted what he wanted, his graphic artist worked out the details and went with it.

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When asked, what was the most difficult part of building his 6X6, John stated the most difficult part was getting the links and suspension to function properly and somewhat scale. It is not competition crawler but it can hold its own on a trail course. And tow one home too!

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• MOTOR: Dynamite 35 turn crawler motor. It’s what he had it laying around.

• ESC: Tekin FXR is handling the motor control.
It has a Castle CC BEC set at 7.2volts.

• SERVO: Hitech HS-646WP servo handles the steering.

• Holmes winch controller powers the Warn 9.5 TI winch on the flatbed.

• Front Axle: Stock Axial with Vanquish Products Aluminum C-Hubs and 8 degree steering arms.

• Middle Axle: Stock Axial (albeit using two axles to produce the through axle) is running Vanquish Products aluminum lockouts.

• Rear Axle: Stock Axial with HR aluminum lockouts.

• Tires: Stock Axial SCX10-2 1.9 BFGOODRICH ALL-TERRAIN T/A® KO2 TIRES – R35

• Wheels: Stock Axial SCX10-2 1.9 Method Mesh

• Front and rear LED running lights and head & taillights. Jonathan Baskins built  [2] two-way light controllers to turn lights on/off from a hacked Flysky GT3B with Flysky 6-channel RX.
Juiced by a 1000mah 3S lipo.

• ESS ONE+ sound unit . Diesel engine sound and third Channel horn from the TX.

• Rig is powered with a 7000mah 3S lipo.