mAh Per Mile – The Quest To Determine Run Time

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If you’ve ever sat around the campfire at an RC event or perhaps camped out with some buddies on an epic multi-day RC trail adventure, you may have heard the tale of “mAh Per Mile.” As the tale goes, a rugged RC adventurer, gear junkie, and as legend has it, talented Global Marketing Director has been spotted wandering some well worn trails through California. The man, well supplied with all the contents needed for a trail hike is on some sort of mission. Passer-bys stare at him in wonder as he trudges through the less taken path, his head down and muttering to himself. What is he saying? What is he doing. On one trail, the Redonda Ridge Trail it was evident things were getting more serious. He now travels in a herd of RC trail adventurers and some of his mutters turned into recognizable phrases. “mAh Per Mile” “mAh Per Mile” he kept repeating.

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What is this “mAh Per Mile?” It actually may be the answer to an age old RC question; “How long will my RC truck run for?” Real cars are rated by miles per gallon to determine how far can you travel. But there hasn’t been anything comparable in the RC world to define how far an RC rig can go. Well, we actually know who that mystery trail adventurer is, it’s Rodney Wills and for the longest time, he’s been determined to deliver answers to some of RC’s important questions and how long can you drive your SCX10 for is one. Rodney is on a mission to put numbers on paper and his quest to do so has been deemed “mAh Per Mile.”

This blog post will serve as an evolving report of a talented Axial team put together by Rodney to determine an answer to the burning question. The team will be testing different batteries, different rigs all in an effort to get out of the office and have fun on the trails. WAIT! I mean test RC equipment for the good of telling you how much time and fun you can get from your Axial adventure machine. Watch the videos and keep checking back to the Axial Blog to see how the science, testing and general goofing off unravels.

mAh Per Mile – Explaining Gas Mileage for Your Rig


There’s one question we hear a lot – how far will your rig go on one battery? To find the answer, we’ve created a little formula; mAh Per Mile. In Part 1 of this series, we break down the ‘how far will it go’ question and fill you in on how we plan to find out using this formula.

mAh Per Mile – Part 2 – Testing Our Mileage on the Trail


In Part 1, we discussed the idea behind mAh Per Mile – how far can your vehicle go on a specified battery pack. In Part 2, we take 3 Axial SCX10 II rigs out (with different electronic setups) to see how far we can go on a 2000mAh LiPo battery. The results are actually quite revealing…

Inside the Largest TTC Event – 2017 Team KNK Hardware TTC 4

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Lebanon, Ohio
June 1st – 4th, 2017

How did this sleepy country neighborhood event become the second largest scale trail event in the US of A and the largest TTC event?

$20,000 in prizes
Attendees From 19-states + 2 countries
48-sponsors

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To have met Mike Kirby of Team KNK Hardware, it’s easy to understand. He is pure enthusiasm with a whole lot of spice add-on’s like; big hearted, compassionate and driven! And he is doing it all for the right reasons, to bring awareness and grow his segment of choice in the hobby industry. He knows that in order for his company to succeed, he needs the upper end of the food chain to succeed and he is going to great length’s in order to do so. On top of it all, he is going about it the long hard way; do events, promote the activity, hope people come, have fun, tell friends, purchase vehicles, get more involved, want to build, need screws to build with, thus purchase KNK Hardware. That is serious long term investment and commitment. For Kirby, it’s just hard work for something he believes in building on his 35+ years of being an R/C enthusiast!

Luckily for Axial we fall into his radar, with our attention on the scale trail segment, we gain a partnership in KNK Hardware with their events aligning with our like-minded mission. We share the mission to bring awareness to the scale trail segment.

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While we all love our fun trail runs, events are simply the best way to effect change and awareness on a more grand scale. Events brings the potential added bonus of more exposure. Events potentially bring a larger group of people together and result into “communities” that share a common bond that naturally wants to grow and share the fun.

Scale trail runs by nature are very organic, held outside of the common driver stand / designated purpose built courses. But Mike wanted to bring a bit of that back into the scale trail segment because, while the grandiose trails of AXIALFEST are just that, they are not permanent, not easily accessible, only held once a year and 3,000 miles away from Kirby’s backyard!

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Mike has his own ideas and wanted to transform his backyard into the ultimate playground for scale trail enthusiast in his area. Kirby’s vision was a bit more than most, he wanted something more permanent, something he could keep building upon. At the same time, his playground is something of a testing ground as he knows very well from his racing days, it’s all about steering wheel time VS just purchasing the latest greatest perceived performance advantage.

In June 7-10 of 2015, just after two in business, Mike and Amberly Kirby held their first event on their 14-acre property, to include camping space and their idea of what they wanted to see in a scale trail Tough Truck Challenge facility.

What sets Kirby’s course apart from the rest is his layout of the trails with separate or detached groomed walking area’s that are wheel chair accessible, kid and family friendly.

With all this attention to detail for the enthusiast, Mike knows the number one issue with competition based scale trail events is looking after the trail itself.

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It’s one thing to have natural trail degradation due to a 10lbs vehicle throttle jockeying up the rocks, shuffling the deck with 4600Kv on 6S, that’s motorsports! (insert Dan Wilson’s motto “power solves everything, just add more!”)

But add a foot print or bumped rock by a 100+ pound individual and a trail could be blown! The scale gods would frown as no proof has been made to big foots actual existence (debatable, but for all intended purposes). If such happened in the middle of a competition, it would change everything and it has happened.

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Kirby saw the separation of driver and rig simply as the only solution to provide the best competitive platform possible, thus the KNK Farm with its unique features was constructed and continues development. Like when his son, Gavin age 7, says “Dad, let’s make this bridge that walks up and around and back down the tree!” Kirby obliges, keeping the whole family involved.

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While the competitive spirit runs very strong within Mike’s DNA, Kirby also knows the offroad enthusiast is very community driven and that aligns well with Mike’s super family friendly environment. We are in his backyard, we are his guest, so it’s his rules, his family’s playground we’ve been invited over to play on his playground. It’s not a race track, it’s not a park, it’s Mike and Amberly Kirby’s personal backyard.

Come as guest, leave as friends, but help clean up after ourselves so we can continue the greatest family gatherings east of the Mississippi!

CLICK The Picture Below To Scroll Through The Event Photo Gallery:
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Axial Radio System Cheat Sheet

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A radio control transmitter should be a device used to control the fun of your vehicle and never the device that controls you and scares you away from using your machine. The transmitters that come with Axial Ready To Run vehicles are simple by design so they are user friendly and comfortable while using the control. These radio systems will come preset from the factory so you can instantly use your machine. But even with the simplified radio systems, there will still be a few things you should to know to get the most out of the radio. Simple things like servo reversing, trims or even how many batteries it takes. In this Radio System Cheat Sheet article we’ve gathered up all of the radios used in Axial ready to runs in one spot for your convenience and simply list out the important functions of your radio and how to use them. Think you’ll get hung up when making adjustments on your radio? This is certainly one blog post to  bookmark.

TACTIC TTX200

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This radio packs a punch for a compact radio system. It is loaded with digital trim functions that make it a great radio for general hobby use. These digital trims can set advanced features like end point adjustments and dual rate, however you need to know how to use the radio properly to access these features. Here are a few tips to get your radio set up and Axial rig dialed in. TTX200 AA Batteries- First things first, you need to install four AA batteries into the radio for power. This is done by accessing the battery slots located at the bottom of the radio. Make certain to note the orientation of the batteries. A small diagram is molded into the back lower portion of the handle.

Binding- Your TTX200 radio and reciever will come linked with your RTR model, but in case something happens and the two components are not “speaking” to each other, here is how to link the them. Turn on your TTX200 and then connect power to the receiver by turning on your ESC. If the LED light in the receiver blinks once and stays on, it is linked. If not, you’ll need to use a small hex driver to depress the receiver Link button until the LED blinks and shuts off. Then you can let go. The LED should now come on constantly indicated the system is linked.

BINDING VIDEO TTX200 Trims Steering Trim/ Throttle Trim- Accessing the trim functions of the radio are an easy task. The buttons are located at the top of the radio and are clearly labeled. If an adjustment needs to be made to center the steering or adjust the neutral point of the transmitter, it can be done by depressing the marked trim. The center of the trim can be idendified by depressing the either button of the trim until you see the LED flash indicating the center point.

Steering Reversing- With the transmitter off, hold the top ST Trim button and power the radio on. The LED will flash once and then turn off. Release the button. The LED will then turn on to confirm the steering channel has been reversed.

Throttle Reversing- With the transmitter off, hold the top TH Trim button and power the radio on. The LED will flash once and then turn off. Release the button. The LED will then turn on to confirm the throttle channel has been reversed.

Steering End Point Adjustment- To set the maximum limit of rotation for steering in both left and right direction, turn the radio on. Turn the wheel to full left direction and hold. Press the ST Trim buttons to increase or decrease the travel limits. Follow the same procedure to then set the right turn limits.

TACTIC TTX300

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The Tactic TTX300 comes with a number of Axial ready to run models and is a radio many seasoned RC enthusiasts trust. This radio has all the basic trim functions you’ll need for your model and more. This radio is a three channel radio which means you can even add additional functionality such as setting it up for winch control later on. But let’s not get too far ahead, let’s go over it’s functionality. TTX300 AA

Battery- The battery door slides out form the bottom of the radio. Insert four AA batteries to power the radio making certain the batteries are installed according to the diagram in the battery cradle. TTX300 on Binding- With the radio on, power up the receiver as well. Push and hold the receiver’s “BIND” button until its LED glows red and then turns off after about one second. Release the bind button. If the binding is successful, the LED will flash once and then remain on.

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Steering Reversing Switch/ Throttle Reversing Switch- These switches are located on the back of the transmitter next to the on/off switch.

Steering Reversing Switch- Use this switch to correct the direction of the steering servo. Remember when the vehicle is pointing away from you, steering the transmitter to the right should turn the wheels to the right and vice-versa for left.

Throttle Reversing Switch- Use this switch to correct the direction of movement of the vehicle when the transmitters throttle trigger is moved. Remember forward movement is achieved when the trigger is pulled towards the transmitters grip and away for reverse. TTX300 Trims

Steering End Point 1. Enter programming mode. 2. LEFT EPA: Turn wheel full counterclockwise, use 3rd channel push buttons to adjust. 3. RIGHT EPA: Turn wheel full clockwise, use 3rd channel push buttons to adjust.

Throttle End Point 1. Enter programming mode. 2. Throttle EPA: Pull trigger to the full throttle position, use 3rd channel push buttons to adjust. 3. Brake EPA: Push trigger to the full brake position, use 3rd channel push buttons to adjust.

EPA VIDEO Channel 3 – Multi-Position- The TTX300 3rd channel can be programmed to function as 2 position, 3 position, 4 position or proportional control switch. Selecting each position and end points for each position are performed simultaneously. The default position of CH3 is 2 position. To change the function of CH3, follow these steps:

1. Enter programming mode: Press and hold the top push button, power ON transmitter. Continue to hold until the LED flashes five times. Release the top push button.

2. Use CH3 push buttons to adjust CH3 accessory/servo to desired 1st position. Turn steering wheel clockwise (right) to confirm position1. The LED will flash one time to confirm position 1 has been saved. Note: Press and holding CH3 push buttons will adjust rapidly. Press and release will finely adjust positions. First use CH3 buttons to set. Then turn wheel clockwise to confirm.

3. Use CH3 push buttons to adjust CH3 accessory/servo to desired 2nd position. Turn steering wheel clockwise (right) to confirm position 2. The LED will flash two times to confirm position 2 has been saved. If programming for two position switch, skip to step 6. Otherwise, proceed to step 5 to program 3rd or 4th position.

4. If programming as 3 or 4 position switch, follow the procedures in steps 2 and 3 and select additional positions (3 and/or 4). Turn steering wheel clockwise (right) to confirm each individual position. The LED will flash in relation to the position that is being saved. Three flashes is 3rd position, 4 flashes is 4th position. Proceed to step 6 when programming as 3 or 4 position switch has been completed.

5. To program CH3 as proportional, enter programming mode and select desired position 1 as listed in Step 2 above. Use CH3 push buttons to adjust to desired end point and turn steering wheel clockwise four times. The LED will flash five times to confirm the position has been saved.

6. After programming of CH3 is completed, turn off transmitter to save settings.

Reverse- Press and hold the bottom push button and power ON transmitter. The LED will flash one time. After 3 seconds, the LED will flash two times when performed correctly. Release the bottom push button.

AX-3

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The Axial AX-3 Transmitter came with many early Axial kits. Current Axial kits come with the Tactic brand transmitters. However the AX-3 is still used by many drivers today. If you have a model equipped with this radio system, here some usage notes and the details for making adjustments.

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Battery- The AX3 requires four AA batteries for power. To access the battery cradle, slide the battery door out and insert the batteries. Be aware of the polarity as indicated by the positive and negative moldings in the cradle. AX3 Trims

Steering Reversing Switch- This switch is located under the control cover. Use this switch to correct the direction of the steering servo. Remember when the vehicle is pointing away from you, steering the transmitter to the right should turn the wheels to the right and vice-versa for left.

Throttle Reversing Switch- This switch is located under the control cover. Use this switch to correct the direction of movement of the vehicle when the transmitters throttle trigger is moved. Remember forward movement is achieved when the trigger is pulled towards the transmitters grip and away for reverse.

Steering Trim- Use the steering trim dial to fine tune your vehicles steering. When the steering wheel is in the neutral position, your vehicle should track straight. If it does not, adjust the trim until the vehicle drives in a straight line.

Throttle Trim- If the vehicle is rolling forward while the trigger is in the neutral position, adjust the trottle trim until the vehicle is at a standstill at neutral.

Steering Dual Rate- This knob adjusts the amount of steering throw equally for both left and right. If you have too much steering, dial the Dual Rate down. If you have too little steering, turn the Dual Rate up.

 

Binding- 1. Make sure the transmitter and ESC are off. 2. Plug the Bind plug included with your Axial Racing vehicle in the receiver’s third port (labeled “CH3) 3. Turn on speed control. The receiver’s status LED will blink. The blinking indicates the AR-3 is in Bind mode. 4. Open transmitter’s cover located on the top of the case. 5. Using the included pin-shaped tool, press and hold Bind button on the AX-3 transmitter 6. Turn on the AX-3 transmitter. 7. When blinking stops on the AR-3 receiver, remove Bind plug from receiver.

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Antenna- This particular radio system has a folding antenna that neatly folds down onto the radio when not in use. However when it is in use, it is best to position the antenna up for maximum radio range. Don’t skip this step when running.

RADIO SYSTEM NOTES

ON/ OFF SWITCH- The radio should always be turned on first (before the vehicle) and off last.

STEERING- When the wheel on the radio is facing you, turning it to the right should result in the vehicle steering to the right when it is pointing away from you. Steering the wheel to the left should turn the vehicle left.

THROTTLE- Forward movement is achieved when the trigger is pulled towards the transmitters grip and away for reverse.

RECEIVER CONNECTIONS- If you have removed the servo and ESC plugs from the receiver, remember to reinstall them in the correct slots. The steering servo is always plugged into channel 1 and the ESC is always plugged into channel 2.

HemiStorm’s Custom 2017 SCX10 II Jeep Wrangler Unlimited CRC

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If you’ve spent any time at all on Youtube perusing the endless uploads of radio control videos, you’ve most likely stumbled upon a video or two or more from the Hemistorm RC channel. The man behind Hemistorm, Chris De Graaf is truly passionate about the radio control hobby. His channel has skyrocketed in popularity thanks to his unique model builds, enthusiasm, awesome action clips and unfiltered commentary. Hemistorm is always on point with his RC reviews and took a bit of a different direction when the AX90060 SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC landed on his workbench. First he did the somewhat standard overview approach video, but what he did in his next video, not many saw coming. He started customizing the rig to suit his style before it even touched dirt! Photos and video were posted online and many Axial fans went wild over the customization. Best part was, the modifications cost less than $50. This shows that with a little creativity, you can bring your Axial model to the next level in style without breaking the bank. We caught up with Hemistorm and convinced him to send some detail photos of the build while it was in progress. Check out how easy it is to customize your machine and we hope it inspires you to start a custom project of your own.

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So how did Hemistorm create his custom rig? Most of the custom work was done with just one tool; a hobby knife. Hemistorm, carefully planned out the customization, trying to take into account how a real roof looks on a JK and used a marker to trace out his cut lines.

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After he was confident of the areas to cut, he simply scored the body with the hobby knife multiple times and “snapped” the Lexan pieces apart. A section of the roof and rear glass sections were completely removed.

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Next it was time to test fit the rear cap in its new location. A few tweaks needed to be made for a better fit. A narrow triangle of lexan was removed from the rear cap for a better fit.

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Once the cap was set into place, Hemistorm turned his attention to filling in the rear section with a spare tire and a deck. To fill in the space, he used the rear section of a Pro-Line Cherokee interior set.

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After the deck was set, something was still missing. Hemistorm then did what many do, see what you have on hand to give your machine a custom look. He grabbed the cage from his Axial Dingo and cut a section off to act as a rear cage. A little bit of drilling, custom mounting and the end result is a cool custom look.

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Finally when the custom fitting was complete, Hemi moved onto the finishing work, adding vents to the hood, painting the roof, painting graphics on the sides, painting the deck and adding some scale accessories. The end result is a unique AX90060 rig that will turn heads on the trails.

THE VIDEO

Get all the details on this build from Hemistorm as he goes through the process of creating his custom Jeep Wrangler Unlimited CRC Edition SCX10 II.

FINISHED PHOTOS-

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Hiking the Redonda Ridge with an SCX10 Trail Honcho

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Hiking the  Redonda Ridge with an SCX10 Trail Honcho

Words & Photos: Rodney “GCRad1″ Wills

Hopefully you’ve read the lead-up stories:
Planning a SCX10 Hike over Redonda Ridge OHV Trail 1W17
PACK CONTENTS FOR A SCX10 TRAIL HIKE
Getting There – SCX10 Hike Over Redonda Ridge – Big Bear, California
 Axial AX90059 SCX10 II™ Trail Honcho 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR

All the planning is sorted, now we are about to do this thing! We wake up early, I think my alarm went off at 6:00am. Didn’t sleep that well, I think I was too excited.
Too much planning made for too much anticipation.
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It’s Wednesday Morning, October 25th, and I get myself physically prepared; Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Trail shoes, Stance Training Crew socks and Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes for cramp prevention as its going to be a warm day.
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I load the beloved SCX10 Trail Honcho into my ADV80 and we get ready to depart camp and make our way down to the the start of the trail just past Crab Flats Campground. We will start here (Google Map Link) at the Redonda Ridge 1W17 trail marker sign. Four of us will be walking the trail and John Schultz and ScottG will be taking the two vehicles back to camp awaiting our return to camp later this afternoon – evening.
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Last minute morning bits; I get my water bladder filled and of course I have my Hammer Nutrition Heed pre-mix going!
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John Schultz hooked me up! I have a magnetized hood so I don’t loose my body clips!
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Rather simple and rather simple silly cool! Schultz learned it from somewhere and we will make a little blog about it at a later date.
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Load in the first battery and mark the time of start.
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OFFICIAL START: 9:05am Wednesday October 25th, 2017
Axial Trail Honcho Hike Over Redonda Ridge OHV Trail 1W17 is now underway!!!Redonda Ridge Planning-7
This first portion of trail is actually down hill. Everyone is in good spirits!
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I can’t help it, I shoot photos of everything… even the trees. And the landscape! I love the textures and the colors. I’ve been known to “#textures” on my IG before. I can hear my buddy Jarod DeAnda laughing now, “your and your #texture hashtag.”
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Big Bear is a mix or a transitional point from the desert to the mountains, depending on your location on the mountain, you can get a mix of cactus and pine trees of which we will see both today along ridge route to Big Pine Flats.
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The SCX10 Trail Honcho doing what its suppose to do, trailing along.
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Still working our way down hill.
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The sun is warming up quickly, but luckily we still have some shade as we make our way down to the creek, but once over we are fully exposed and will be in “up hill mode!”
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Trails crossing… should put us right about here on Google Maps.

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Keep on mini truckin’ hehehe That’s funny! I know all the GMC dude’s rock the #TinyTrucks tag. I’m an og Mini-Truckin’ dude! I’m going to see if I can dig that old hat out!
We might upset some folks… hehehe
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BRAAAP! off the air craft landing strip shrapnel – the OG Sand Ladder aka Marston Mat. Know your overland-spec history yo! Look it up!
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We are almost to the creek crossing, more like stream crossing, but it is coming up soon.Redonda Ridge Planning-28
I’m usually the one hauling the video camera on these missions so it’s a bit strange for me to see my colleagues carrying the gear.
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It’s been at least a month since my previous crossing and the water level is going down quickly.
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Anthony Rivas got roped into hiking this trip with us and he is doing what he does best, directing some social media shots!
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Hey look! It’s not me on the vid-cam, it’s Scott Roberts doing the video camera action! While most people don’t see or know much about this man right here, he has worked here at Axial with me since 2011. Everything you see visually from Axial basically comes from this man or at least across his desk.
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We crossed over it at the creek crossing, the PCT runs along it through here making yet another appearance in my face! It keeps calling me… But not a full blown thru-hike, maybe just the SoCal weekend section hiking…
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The SCX10 Trail Honcho looks down on the PCT like, “I got this!”
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Who is a fan of desert tan, green eggs and ham mixed with DJ Red Alert.
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Since we left the creek crossing it has become very apparent that THE ASCENT IS ON!
The trail surface to this point has been mostly course sand mixed DG based.
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But as we continue on and up, rocks are starting to litter the trail.
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Also too, after the creek crossing, we are out of the tree cover and exposed to the sun.

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The crew said there was suppose to be a picnic table set up at this GPS point location. Something about pre-paid Amazon air drone delivery service…
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I keep on trucking as I want to get the SCX10 Trail Honcho into rockier conditions!
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The crew finally gives up in protest about the picnic table. “We are canceling our PayPal payment!” The sun laughs and turns up the temperature and add some incline for good measure.
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See! Cactus… on the edge of the forest!
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Climbing…
Climbing…
Climbing…

At the one shade spot…
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We see deer tracks.
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Hey guys, where you at?
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Carrying on our climb dance!
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Climbing… It’s what the SCX10 Trail Honcho eats for breakfast.
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Climbing… It’s what the SCX10 Trail Honcho dream about before breakfast. Redonda Ridge Planning-59
Climbing… It’s what the SCX10 Trail Honcho does at high noon.
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Climbing… It’s what the SCX10 Trail Honcho does just for fun!
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We make the first major climb for what seems like two hours straight…
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but we finally reach a little plato of earth… Redonda Ridge Planning-67 Redonda Ridge Planning-68
POSER SHOTS! Scroll back up three images…. The guys are asking if the trail goes up over those hills.. “The trail looks like it goes over…” I ignore or I think I said, “yea, naa, I think it cuts around to the right out of sight… Time to roll!”
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From our moment of flat perch, we get to see down this little canyon and its cool to see the small batches of trees. Feels like some wilderness to me!  Redonda Ridge Planning-71
“Therezzz GOLD IN DEM DAR HILLS!!! FOOLS GOLD YO!!!” I gotta’keep the spirits high!
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It’s cool to see the terrain change.
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More #texture change.
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I think this is my favorite shot of the trip. I saw the setting as I was walking up to the crest, stopped, snapped one photo and said, “Yep! Leave it chance and see how the “film” comes out!” Came out all right…
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As the SCX10 Trail Honcho takes in the view, I check the spot to see what it looks like from the front. It’s not as cool of a shot but see that trail we are coming up! Yes sir, we are doing this thing!
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I circle back around to verify the animal footprints. Small one here, but I did see some larger “kitty cat” prints earlier, most  likely a healthy bobcat.
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The Axial SCX10 Trail Honcho is its proper surroundings.
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Trail Honcho bossing the moto trail, but the gnar lay ahead.Redonda Ridge Planning-83
I nicknamed this “scary bush.” Especially if we was coming through here at night.
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The tree is still wearing it’s charred skin from the Butler Peak fire of which I think was back in 2007.
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Did I ever tell you that I actually like shooting photos? But just look at that trail! It’s an “ALL BRAAAP!” section! But wait…
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Now we are getting into some gnar! It’s not easy to get a 2D photo to show the dynamic perspective of hills and their steepness, but take note of Scott Roberts walking ahead, you get a little since of the angle here.
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Maybe this will give you a perspective… Rest stop! SR & Rivas taking a breather, because they can see what lays ahead… ANOTHER HILL!Redonda Ridge Planning-91
The Trail Honcho is upholding it’s SCX10 heritage and just eats up each mile regardless of steepness.
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Meanwhile the steepness is eating up my crew. “Look SR, we have to climb that hill, that other hill behind that and then that other one way back there…”
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Kinda’ spectacular out here!
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Interesting how the cross section view of this tree’s rings looks like four trees in one.
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The SCX10 Trail Honcho just churning out the climbs.
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This trail has obviously been here for a while and been well “knobby traveled” but you have to wonder, who did it first? Who cut this trail? Was it an Indian foot path before? One day I need to stop into Malcolm Smith Motorsports and ask Malcolm directly as this trail is called the Malcolm Smith Trail. But there is very little historical information about this trail online.Redonda Ridge Planning-99
Same photo as the one preceding this one, but I wanted to show the ridge of which we traveled. We’re kinda’ out here! Yes, civilization is just over the mountain the in the background, but your still out here… We haven’t seen anyone else all day… and I like that.
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The SCX10 Trail Honcho takes the hard line just for fun I however will walk the easy path.
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More gnar please.

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The SCX10 Trail Honcho FINALLY runs out of gas! It would… just feet from a nice shady flat area.
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Good thing I have my Schizzle-magnets! I’m a fan! Thanks John!
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Battery #2 loaded and battery #1 marked with the elapse time.Redonda Ridge Planning-108
Just a few more feet and my view looks like this and I join the crew in the shade.
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While I’ve been self-fueling all along, we take a static moment to enjoy our nutrition bars.
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Time to roll!
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With another crest of a hill reveals another view!
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And then more climbing!!!
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Here you get a little sense of the climb as you can see the crew pushing on.
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I like this shot! I think it shows a bit more of the hill but the view is spectacular!
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But the climb has a summit and a summit reveals more.. See that little trail thread? Talk about onion layers! Redonda Ridge Planning-122
We take a moment in the shade.
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I know you guys are on the Altra Trail Running shoe tip, but are you on the Trial Gator tip? I’m diggin my shoe gators! As goofy looking as they are, they’re total function! With the small gravel-DG-dirt, the gators are perfect for keeping all that stuff out of my shoes!
Get some! https://www.altrarunning.com/gear/men

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SCX10 Trail Honcho is back in the trail saddle.
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The team is working to push themselves forward as elevation and the rate of steepness has not given in!
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We start to get into another step section, but its been steep all along. I guess it’s more like a steep chute.
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ou sorta’ get a sense of steepness from this view, but regardless I’m just shooting it for the view, the memory, the way the sun is flaring.
Just as I drop the camera back to my side, I’m having to get after this little section. I actually start to wonder if I can actually make this section! I won’t say I am nervous yet as I know I can trail blaze the SCX10 Trail Honcho around if I have to, but it will be limited space to do so. I stay in the trough or chute of a trail and work the rig through the boulder and then in the deep heavy granular sand or DG – decomposed granite. The combination of having to use wheel speed to push up hill in the DG while also the tires dig down and find bite on the rocks below… I hear it… Wait, what? I don’t want to hear that!!!
OH NO! NO FORWARD MOMO.. MO – MOTION!
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After we diagnose the issue, Tony takes my tools and jumps into action so I can
document the wrench action.
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Again, dig the magnet trick as we can drop the screws here on the underside and the body clips are on the top side.
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As suspected, idler gear gone fishing for the afternoon.
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We fish out what debris we can in preparation to install a new gear.  Redonda Ridge Planning-128g
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Field repair is almost complete!
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Buttoning it all back together and we will be back in action in moments!

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Now we are back in action and started where we pulled off and it’s the start of
the nasty climbs!
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As you can see, there is a cleaner easier path to take, but what is the fun in that?!
I came here to put the rig through its paces on the rugged trail of the Redonda Ridge.
I could have just stayed home and drove circles around in the parking lot, but that is not my idea of fun! Being out here is fun, while it is both grueling on my body and the SCX10 Trail Honcho. But it’s worth it as it’s an additional layer of testing.Redonda Ridge Planning-131
These climbs also showcase some scenic views!
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Photos never seem to capture the true steepness of a hill, but looking at ScottR and Rivas as they make their way up, shows a bit of how steep this section truly is. When I begin to question if I will be able to drive a section due to the steepness, I really start looking creative driving lines!  Redonda Ridge Planning-134a
When you see motorcycle parts on the ground, you know its a tough section.
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But we are “still not out of the woods” yet, insert “rocks” in place of woods. Yes, we are still in the woods, with rocks strewn about! hehehe   Redonda Ridge Planning-138
Rivas making his way up. The team has come to the conclusion that there is no end in hills, they just keep rolling at us. Only to discover around each bend, more hill!
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And more hill it is!
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The lighting from the sun is just awesome! We are within the “golden hour” and I could sit on this hillside and shoot till dark!
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But, I only snap off a couple and keep moving as I knew we have at least a mile or two further to go and we will be hiking in the dark.
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The sun is is about to drop behind the mountains and the ground bush on our mountain is blocking some of that light, but we finally made it through that section! Redonda Ridge Planning-143  Redonda Ridge Planning-145
You just want a lounge chair and a big dinner as this is the perfect wide-screen!
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Another big boulder garden! Who plants these things?!
Who would want these things to grown like this?
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The SCX10 Trail Honcho makes no worries of such matters and see’s only the playground in mother nature’s garden of rocks.  Redonda Ridge Planning-150
WHAT?! A moment of downhill or even flatness is a happy moment!

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Only to be defused by another uphill climb as Tony makes more reveling with his headlamp that we will be engulfed by darkness on the backside of this climb.
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Everyone is beat tired, but the view is magical.
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Battery change time!
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There is both excitement and angst in the air from the crew. The hills are behind us, the darkness is ahead of us.

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The SCX10 Trail Honcho awaits the last of the team to pass for the final view of darkness and the final decent to the trail gate at Crab Flats. The end is near, just ahead down a dark mountainside with ZERO moon light. We make our way down and ScottG is awaiting us, with lights on in the rig, we can see how much further we have and the excitement builds for the team!  “GET US OFF THIS TRAIL!” is what a think I heard! Redonda Ridge Planning-181
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We extract the third and final battery out of the SCX10 Trail Honcho and mark the times.

OFFICIAL FINISH: 7:30PM Wednesday October 25th, 2017

Total mileage: 9.68 mile / Total Elapse Time: 10-hrs & 25-mins
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This trip epic, awesome, fun, grueling and was a big learning curve!
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That’s a wrap! Spark Arresters Required!

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Back at camp, ScottG aka “BKGriller” makes HAMBURGERS for the HUNGRY!!!

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[L2R] Tony Phalen (cam-2), ScottR (cam-1), Rodney Wills (SCX10 Pilot), John Schultz (team basecamp & rig prep), Anthony Rivas of Rivas Concepts (guest & social documentary) ScottG (team basecamp & trail transpo & chief).

See the rig:
Axial AX90059 SCX10 II™ Trail Honcho 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR

Planning a SCX10 Hike over Redonda Ridge OHV Trail 1W17
PACK CONTENTS FOR A SCX10 TRAIL HIKE
Getting There – An SCX10 Hike Over Redonda Ridge
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About the Author: Redonda Ridge Planning-191
Rodney Wills may not have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but he was more than compensated for it by being able to grow up behind the wheel. At eight years old he started driving heavy equipment on his uncle’s farm. Flouting child labor laws, his uncle would put him to work; he would get him started and jump off the tractor, and have Rodney cut and plow fields. The uncle found Rodney a willing employee. Now, while he did not engage in any tractor races, the seed had been planted (literally); the passion for driving already raced through his veins.

Later on in Alabama, Rodney would drive his father’s old pickup truck. As young teenagers sometimes do, he would sneak the truck out to splash in the mud on the local country back roads. Rodney did not limit himself to four-wheel rides, however. Motorcycles were always apart of family life and Rodney had started riding at age five. Racing came at age six on the dirt oval flat track at Talladega. Trail riding was an everyday thing in the backyard woods and local mountains.

Magazines would introduce Rodney to skateboarding and then BMX in 1977. Normal by today standards but then in rural Alabama, Rodney was way ahead of his peers. Just like his hobbies, his life went in the order of Art, Music, and Cars. His passions led him to the California College of Arts and Crafts after two years at the Atlanta College of Arts and Crafts. After achieving a bachelors degree of art in graphic design, Rodney went on to work ten years in the snow, skate and surf industry through his art, working for the famous O’Neill wetsuit company. Next came music as the art director for the car audio speaker manufacturer Image Dynamics. That led to Rodney starting the import car culture lifestyle magazine, TMRm’zine [1996-2000]. This magazine put the “lifestyle” label on the import market that has now grown to enormous proportions in the automotive industry. For the next 10-years Rodney worked in magazine publishing. During a meeting between colleagues, Wills was helping an event promoter make his event better, which lead to a more in-depth connection to the R/C industry pulling Rodney in to work for HPI Racing [2006-2010]. Since 2010, Rodney has worked for Axial as Global Marketing Director coming up with wacky ideas such as this.

Getting There – An SCX10 Hike Over Redonda Ridge

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Words & Photos: Rodney Wills

Hopefully you’ve read these previous blog posts, building into a little mini-series adventure story:
Planning a SCX10 Hike over Redonda Ridge OHV Trail 1W17
PACK CONTENTS FOR A SCX10 TRAIL HIKE
 Axial AX90059 SCX10 II™ Trail Honcho 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR

Logistics logistics logistics, what do you mean the log is tics?
Who said tics? What log is full of tics?! Get the gas! I’m bringing bug spray! Who’s got grey spray paint?! “Logisticmundo’s” will NOT be televised on Telemundo at 7:00pm to protect the innocent of the children. Does that mean that it’s logical to just use bondo?

The logistics of looking after your crew is like looking after your kids!  Add in adventure and the stakes increases six-fold. No, not the ones on the grill, the risk-factor! In all seriousness, six persons coming from six different directions and we only need-want two vehicles for our mission, this requires some sorting the details out! We will actually have three vehicles in use for this trip; ScottG is picking up ScottR, Rivas is driving to Schultz’s house and riding with him and I am picking up Tony Phalen from his house. No, ScottK is not on this trip as he is holding down the office-fort. Three “Scott’s” one office, I got it sorted! “G-K-R!” What we will be doing is traveling from our six personal locations and all descending onto a camp location nestled north west of Big Bear lake called Big Pine Flats.
This area was chosen as discussed in this previous blog post: Planning a SCX10 Hike over Redonda Ridge OHV Trail 1W17 (Hence the mild suggestion, “Hopefully you’ve read these previous blog post…”). All kidding aside, lets get on with this operation!

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We are traveling along the 91-FWY just before the HWY-241, the area where the Canyon Fire broke out and took some homes.
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The burned homes are visibly up on our right, but what I was looking at was the “burn-dust” coming across the hills as the wind is still blowing strong. We’ve seen our fair share of fires in southern California and as I put the finishing touching on this  (December 12th, 2017)  “At 230,000 acres, Thomas fire is now the fifth-largest wildfire in modern California history” as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Needless to saw, we will have a watchful eye when we are in the woods.

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We are all traveling from three different directions to the mountain. While in route, Tony and myself were having a good chat and I drove right past my exit as my brain was thinking I was driving to King of the Hammers. Guess what we was talking about… The first two guesses don’t count. We wound up coming in the same way and meeting on the road Schultz & Rivas.
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Our meeting point before going into the woods is the Deep Creek Drive-In Restaurant in Running Springs, California, serving Burgers, Taco’s and BREAKFAST!
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in good company with (L-R) ScottG, ScottR, Anthony Rivas, Tony Phalen, Rodney Wills (me) and John Schultz.
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We are packed into these three rigs; the #ADV80, the #XJSchizzle and the #SHTFV.
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What would be funny is all six in one!On our way into Green Valley Lake, we see this rig up for sale. But someone had to go off and buy a 6X6 instead.

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Poser shots of the ADV80 at the intersection of Holcomb Creek, Pacific Crest Trail, 3N16 and 3N93 Google Maps Link to this spot. This dang PCT trail just keeps talking to me! While the thought of through-hiking it is everyone’s dream, it’s truly that, a dream.
Book- Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail- Southern California by Shawnté Salabert
BUT, we can weekend section-hike southern California section of the Pacific Crest Trail! Thus, I have recently purchased the book Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California by Shawnté Salabert.

On with the show:
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The crew coming up from the Holcomb Creek / PCT crossing towards the Big Pine Flats Area. The “Family” campground there is closed for the winter season, but I didn’t want to stay in there anyhow.
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I like camp spots that are as remote as can be, but for this trip I need convenience as the trail that we will be hiking ends near by. This is YP #7.
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We make camp on this small hill top just off the road.
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Tents are located as best possible out of the wind.
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But those RTT guys throw caution out with the wind just toss it up where’evz!
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The XJSCHIZZLE remote R/C pit-camp compound with included RTT overland-spec kit with ground anchors. Note that license plate…
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SR looks on and informs us we are doing it all wrong! This needs to be drilled and hollowed out of the rock, add the front porch and fireplace here please.
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Camp GCRad1, I try to be the minimalist of the bunch.

Once camp was set, an SCX10 DEADBOLT DRIVER CHALLENGE BREAKS OUT!!!
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Granite’s got grip! At least I hope it’s granite, I’m no geo-rock-hound, but we are hound dogging this rock with the SCX10 Deadbolt with a game of RC horse of course!
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The game play rules are simple. One rig, everyone gets a chance on the wheel. Roll-3, pass the wheel. Follow the leader, standard issue camp-rules.
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ScottG – still got game! Look at that concentration! This is serious! Big bragging rights are on the line! The fun of R/C – this is as PURE AS IT GETS!

The wind was a bit howling as the night set in. It was a bit cold and no fires were allowed at this time due to the high wind. With the recent fires we just had, we didn’t want to contribute to the destruction so we didn’t have a camp fire. Bit of a spoiler. We went to bed early thinking we would get some sleep and awake early, charged and ready for tomorrows pursuit….Redonda Ridge Planning-36
WRONG! 1:00am and EVERYONE IS AWAKE and crawling out of their tents.

The wind had died down by this time, but we were still awake.
We mill about in camp for a short bit, raid the snacks and back off to bed.
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I snap off a couple of long exposure with the camera sitting on whatever was available to hold it steady enough.Redonda Ridge Planning-38
Time to try and get some sleep! I think the anticipation in killing me!
#SCX10LIFE

Planning a SCX10 Hike over Redonda Ridge OHV Trail 1W17
PACK CONTENTS FOR A SCX10 TRAIL HIKE
 Axial AX90059 SCX10 II™ Trail Honcho 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR

PACK CONTENTS FOR A SCX10 TRAIL HIKE

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PACK CONTENTS FOR A SCX10 TRAIL HIKE

Text & photos: Rodney Wills

What to carry on a hike and what do you need to carry to keep your rig running in the field? Axial has been enthusiastic about RC hiking for quite some time  and hopefully you’ve seen us talk about it before. If your just getting into hiking, give this a read too: Proper RC Adventure Hike Prep – GCRad1′s Basic 101: 10 Essentials

Hopefully you read the blog post “Planning a SCX10 Hike over Redonda Ridge OHV Trail 1W17.” Upon recently riding over the Redonda Ridge, I was inspired to come back and SCX10 hike this trail! I just wanted to do something in the namesake of the vehicle; on a “honcho” of a trail! This was no walk in the park and I wanted to have my pack properly sorted for this trip.

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Pack of choice for this trip is my London Bridge Trading LBT-1476A Standard Three Day Assualt Pack. As previously stated, just choosing the pack is my hardest decision almost every time! It’s shouldn’t be.. But I’m a bit of a “gear junkie” and “bag lust” is at the top of the pile! For this trip I am not just hiking into a remote location, I have to carry R/C batteries, tools and spares for the rig. Plus, I will most likely be carrying camera gear. Even though I am not shooting the video for this trip, it’s my nature to document the trip on a personal level, but at the same time, I have yet to find a specific camera pack that suits the other carry needs.

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The basic theory in packing is the systems approach in that everything going into the pack needs it’s own storage-pack or bag. I’m getting better at the systems approach to packing, but it’s been a long hard battle as I would typically just throw everything in the bag and go. But, I jump from pack to pack often and some things would get packed and some things were getting accidentally left behind, depleted or accidentally ON!

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The simplest thing to stock every pack in your house with, is toilet paper. You don’t need it until you need it and if you didn’t prepare, you have to cut your trip short or you going to be minus some shorts or one sock. Don’t waste your efforts to get outdoors. Thank you zip lock bags! In this pack I have my TP, emergency shelter (orange item), flashlight and spare batteries. The map is the “floating item” that will get changed out depending on the mission.

Also going in this trip:
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Two USB battery packs because my cellphone is dying the slow death and the what if we have to stay out longer than intended… The Giant Loop pack will carrying my R/C tools for this trip. The Bedrock Bags is carrying nutrition.
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Bedrock Bags that is a bag manufacturer out of Durango, Colorado for the bike packing scene. Check them out if you are looking for bike packing equipment: http://www.bedrockbags.com
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Inside the Bedrock Bags is Nutrition! Food is IMPORTANT and I like to eat! For a day long trip I have 6-nutirion bars, a bag of mixed nuts (something natural) and the small zip lock has my “old man” Hammer Nutrition vitamins. Just as we were about to leave I grabbed two more bars… Just in case!

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The Giant Loop Zigzag Handlebar Bag is a new bag for my moto that just came in right before this trip and due to his heavy construction it carrying my R/C tools for this trip. Because the SCX10 requires massive amounts of tools, I have a long laundry list of tools required to carry on-trail, hence the heavy-duty bag! HAHAHAHA! This is my minimalist R/C tool kit that only consist of 7mm nut driver, 1.5mm hex driver, 2.0mm hex driver and a pair of bent needle nose pliers. MASSIVE!

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Here at Axial, we’ve been fans of BRAVEN! I’ve had this Braven BRV-BANK Ultra-Rugged Portable Backup Battery for a couple of years now and it has been great! The BRV-BANK revolutionized power on-the-go as the world’s first Bluetooth®-enabled, USB-controlled power bank. The ANKER Astro E3 Ultra Compact 10000mAh Portable Charger was my first power bank, but was more for my business trips as it is not as rugged, nor waterproof. I carry it in a neoprene coozie sleeve and inside a sunglasses case.

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I found a great use for my Oakley sunglass Soft Vaults! I can put two Petzl headlamps in here! Why do you want to put your headlamp into a protective case? I’ve reached into my pack and pulled out a head lamp that was on or already with dead batteries due to the button getting pressed. Too many times this has happened at a time when it would have been nice to have a head lamp! You may notice I’m a little bit over zealous in the light department has I have a backup flashlight and a pocket light as well.

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First Aid & supplies are carried in the TOPO Designs Accessory Bag.
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Contents of the First Aid bag are: Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight .3 and a Adventure Medical Kits Survival Kit 1.9. Little box on the top left is magnifying-tweezers and I’ve used it a ton! Much better tweezers that most medical kits. Second little bag is self explanatory with the Tylenol & Peppermint. Silver roll is duct-tape to use for blisters BEFORE they become blisters. Backup lighter as I usually with have a lighter in my camp stove kit bag. But because the camp stove is not on this trip, it’s good to have one in this bag. Additional AAA batteries. Axial Chap stick, para-cord and waterproof matches. All this is ready to jump from this bag to my moto bag in one grab!

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Layers, layers, layers.The season is changing and in the mountains, weather can change on a moments notice! I pack a thermal top, long-johns and a pair of socks. All this packs into a lightweight pouch made by Aerostich. Aerostich is another one of my favorite companies who is a supplier to motorcycle riders especially in the adventure-travel market. They have these affordable Ultralight Stuff Bags from $7 to $12 in five sizes. In the top photo (not this photo) you may have noticed the 5.11 bag as it is the 5.11 Tactical Packable Jacket. This thing is AWESOME! It’s quickly deployed wind resistant protection against unpredictable climates, the Packable Jacket folds easily into its own carry pouch and easily packed!
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I think through London Bridge Trading I discovered Source. This is the Source WXP 3L Storm Valve Hydration System with their exclusive 3 layer co-extruded Polyethylene construction with Taste-Free™, low maintenance, Glass-Like™ liner. Integrated Grunge-Guard™ antimicrobial. What I like about this hydration pack is its tough construction as it feels a lot tougher than a standard mountain bike unit.

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The SCX10 Survival Pack (vintage Crosman 760 pellet gun not included):
AX31380 SCX10 Shock Hoops
AX31312 35T Electric Motor
AX31148 WB8-HD Driveshaft Coupler Set
AX31381 AR44 Steering Knuckles
AX31585 Metal AX10 Transmission Gear Set
• 1 Completely built SCX10 Shock
• AR44 HD Axle Housings (front and rear)
Tactic TSX45 Metal Gear Servo
Fast Eddy Bearings
Max Amps AA Batteries

Total Pack Weight: Approx 24-lbs

#GCRAD1 #SCX10LIFE

Planning a SCX10 Hike over Redonda Ridge OHV Trail 1W17

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Story & photos: Rodney Wills

This is a four-part blog series:
PACK CONTENTS FOR A SCX10 TRAIL HIKE
Getting There – SCX10 Hike Over Redonda Ridge – Big Bear, California
Hiking the Redonda Ridge with an SCX10 Trail Honcho

Planning a SCX10 Hike over Redonda Ridge OHV Trail 1W17
The back story of the pre-story – inspiration overflood…

You can’t plan for inspiration, you have to be open to receive it at all times.

Back on September 24th, 2017 Jason Markley of Pedals Bike Shop and myself road our Yamaha TW200′s up to Big Bear, California for a day of dual sport trail riding. Nothing technical, just wanted to clock 100-miles in the dirt on our mini dual sports for the day.37343884961_e6e565f8d3_zIt was a great pleasurable day of putting in the dirt miles, nothing technical, nothing high speed (impossible on these bikes! hehehe), just consistent riding to get the miles in. After lunch in the Fawnskin area of Big Bear, California we went out Coxey Road (one of many dirt roads in Big Bear) and just pass the Big Pine Flats Campground, Jason took us though a little fence opening with some trail markings. I paid no attention to the trail name we had just taken, but I should have known when I saw the two black diamonds on the sign though… In no time we hit this great wall of rock and dirt.
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The photographer in me had me jumping off to snap a photo of Jason before helping him! For the next portion of our day, everything we had done earlier in the day ( easy) was now juxtapositioned against this trail that was kicking our little bike’s butts! And ours!
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Small diameter tires (in height) with low foot controls, especially in comparison to our normal dirt bikes, is what made this trail most difficult! I bent the brake foot lever and gear shift lever respectfully around each foot peg due to banging into massive boulders that I was attempting to thread through and around. While the advantage of low seat height is a plus on these little bikes, the ground clearance is the negative, everything has it’s trade-off.

To add to the situation, the sun was going down fast. We didn’t know if we would be on-trail in the dark and we still would have a 30-mile commute back down the mountain. The high of the day was 59-degrees and the temperature is already dropping.Redonda Ridge Planning-1
Upon reaching the end of the trail in Crab Flats, we came upon the trail’s end/start sign.
I took a photo as I wanted to know what trail we traversed for future reference because the whole time along the trail my brain was thinking, “this would make for a great SCX10 trip!”

Upon getting home the thought of going back and SCX10 hiking that trail kept growing.
But just what is this “1W17″ trail? Why did it seem familiar to me?
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Digging around on Google got me to the San Bernardino National Forest webpage with not much information. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recarea/?recid=74053

However, further search tells me this is the Malcolm Smith Trail! If you’ve watched “On Any Sunday”  then you know Malcolm is a bit of a legend in the motorcycle world! But how did this become “his” signature trail? No real info readily available… Another story!

While on the trail at about the halfway point it all came to me that I have been on this trail a couple of times before back in 2009 as my buddy John Schultz and I rode it on bigger motos.
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That day back in 2009 we ran the trail both ways and on our way back down we wanted to see how these 4X4′s were coming though here! I also discovered there are different sections to the trail as the section we road today is the moto-only section or the 50″ or less vehicles… something like that.
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What I remember about that ride in 2009 was that is was quicker for us to get through here on our bikes in comparison to the Jeepers. It’s one thing to thread two wheels through a rock garden and even a “footpeg scraping” boulder garden, but to put 4-wheels through these obstacles got our curiosity on one particular section. We stopped and waited to see how the Jeeps come through as we were able to thread through the rocks with our bikes, but the Jeeps will have to straddle, go over and work around some of the obstacles.
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Remember all this, digging up these old photos, the “flood rush” of memories, my excitement level about the possibility of SCX10 hiking this trail grew even quicker! Redonda Ridge Planning-16
I started by getting the Big Bear map out and visualizing the dream.

Then I start exploring the possibilities with some more visual planning. With Google maps I start selecting screen captures and printing them out for a larger view. The trail is not indicated on Google Maps. I had to flip into satellite mode and find it visually.Redonda Ridge Planning-10
With a yellow highlighter, I start highlighting the path so I can see it from my desk.Redonda Ridge Planning-7Redonda Ridge Planning-14
Now I have some nice inspiration on my wall!
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Now it’s time to start making more solid plans…

I walked into Scott Roberts (SR) office and asked him if he would like to hike with me over this trail as he has hiked a few trails with me previously. My idea was to have him document my efforts over this trail.

SR agreed to roll, but said we should use this trip to shoot a video for an upcoming project. I was planning on using my GCR1 SCX10ii, but SR suggested a little something different. I like the idea and my simple plans instantly turned into bigger plans as timing of an upcoming project aligns, thus more personnel which leads to more planning. SR also said that Tony Phalen should come and shoot with the second video camera as SR would be shooting with camera 1. I’m usually the one shooting all the video for us, so this will make for an interesting change. SR went on to state that we should invite Anthony Rivas as he “has a good eye,” lives close enough – maybe, and if he came, could capture the whole trip from his perspective for his social outlets.

While I am a little concerned that I am loosing sight of my original goal, it is the end of the year and I rationalize the team effort as a team bonding effort. It has been a tough year, thus roughing it in the backcountry with the team is a perfect counter-balance to the mental stresses of work. I’m sure lots of you are laughing right about now, “oh the stresses of working at a big time R/C company!” “Really dude!” I say the same thing in talking with my bicycle-moto-auto industry colleagues!

But I do think about what you think about us, I think of how you will react to what we say and do, I think about what you think of what we write-say-do…
I try to be self conscious and always try to wear your shoes on my feet. I’m a size 10.

OK, back on trail topic! Once it becomes more than just covering “the three primaries” for myself, adding the dynamics of the group becomes more critical!
Food, water and shelter are “THE” three primaries in my book.
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It’s one thing when we you only have to worry about food for yourself, but when you have to look after your team, especially in the remoteness of outdoors, it’s a little more serious. But it’s kinda’ old hat for me now as I’ve done this a few times. I have the formula (so do all moms); X # of guys (kids), X # Breakfasts, X # Lunches, X # Dinners, X # of days and I can quickly assemble what food supplies are needed. More names are added to the feed list and I will get into those details later.Redonda Ridge Planning-4
Time to choose which pack I will use as I have various ones collected over time.
Between hiking, mountain biking, motorcycling, I have various bags for various jobs.

Sometimes… rather always referring back to The Book of knowledge:Redonda Ridge Planning-6
I always have this book close by as it is a great reference with years of knowledge behind it! If you are remotely interesting in hiking the great outdoors, this book has been the standard of which Field & Stream magazine has dubbed as the Hiking Bible, The Complete Walker IV by Colin Fletcher & Chip Rawlins. Read my review here:
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073924197

Tools of the trade:Redonda Ridge Planning-23
Aside from the personal gear, the R/C will need support as well. I’ve honestly have yet to assemble a “field tool kit” separate from my full R/C tool kit,  just for RC hikes, until now. This is my minimalist R/C tool kit as it will only consist of 7mm nut driver, 1.5mm hex driver, 2.0mm hex driver and a pair of bent needle nose pliers.

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The beginnings of the assembly of necessities. Just choosing the pack is my hardest decision almost every time! It’s shouldn’t be.. It should just be, stack everything up  and fit it into which pack  it fits best, or better yet, just have one pack and that it, that all.. But I’m a bit of a “gear junkie” and “bag lust” is at the top of the pile!

When I am multi-tasking my mission I have to think through every process. I’m not just hiking into a remote location, I have to carry batteries, tools and spares for the R/C rig. Plus, I will most likely be carrying camera gear. Even though I am not shooting the video for this trip, it’s my nature to document in photo the trip on a personal level, but at the same time, I have yet to find a specific camera pack that suits the other needs.
In the photo above, here are the items shown:  London Bridge Trading LBT-1476A
Standard Three Day Assault Pack • North Face Boonie Hat • Stance Training Crew SocksBedrock BagsTopo Designs Accessory PouchAerostich Ultralight Stuff Bag •  5.11Tactical Packable JacketREI Silk-weight thermals5.11 Tactical Socks (backup’s) • Source WXP 3L Storm Valve Hydration System  • Petzl Headlamps (2)
I will get more into my load-out list details in another article.

 

In the mean time, hydrate hydrate hydrate & stay the course.
#SCX10LIFE #AxialAdventures
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FURTHER READING:

PACK CONTENTS FOR A SCX10 TRAIL HIKE
Getting There – SCX10 Hike Over Redonda Ridge – Big Bear, California
Hiking the Redonda Ridge with an SCX10 Trail Honcho

SCX10 II 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited CRC Video Collection

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Word on the trail traveled fast when the AX90060 SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC 1/10th Scale Electric ready to run was released. Posts spread across social media and the rig was instantly on many scale RC enthusiasts want list. So it was no surprise that as soon as the AX90060 hit the benches of some of Youtube’s most followed RC videographers, they would jump right into unboxing, overviews, reviews and even projects all within a week of the trail rigs arrival. Some amazing information, opinions and inspiration can be taken from these videos and most importantly help you with your experience purchasing or wheeling the 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC SCX10 II™. So we’ve decided to gather up a bunch of these great videos all in one location to give you a one stop resource. Here’s the collection… in no particular order.

AXIALVIDEOS


Axial AX90060 SCX10™ II 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC

First up, we have a video from the home base. The Axial film team took the AX90060 out for some intense action and put the rig through some tough tasks in both a scale and fun pace. See the rig on the trails and imagine yourself behind the wheel.

HARLEY DESIGNS


Axial SCX10-II 2017 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited CRC RTR AX90060 – EP01 – Overview

Axial SCX10-II 2017 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited CRC RTR AX90060 – EP02 – Running

Harley Designs has already produced a number of videos on the AX90060 from an overview, to a running video and a number of modification videos. Here we’ve selected two of his videos to show you. The first is an overview video that goes into detail on all of the changes made to the SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC and the second is a running video taken at a location with some incredible obstacles to challenge the rig along with some amazing views to take in that should get you amped to head outside with your own AX90060.

SCALE BUILDER’S GUILD


The BEST Axial RTR Ever?

Crawl the Mall! Axial Jeep AX90060

The Scale Builders Guild knows a thing or two about the scale off-road RC world and gives their thoughts on the SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC’s features in their first video above. Mathew goes over the rigs “new vibe” and perhaps gets a little too touchy feely with the Nitto Trail Grappler M/T Tires. When you’ve finished the first video, be sure to watch the Mall Crawl running video. This non-traditional RC video look of a trail machine in action gets props for its cinematic quality, but more importantly shows off the trucks ability in a setting beyond the trails.

HEMISTORM RC – CUSTOM RC BUILDS, PAINTING VIDEOS AND MORE


IT’S A JEEP… – Axial Racing AX90060

Known for his cool custom builds, in depth RC knowledge and unfiltered approach to his video production, Hemistorm gets his hands on the AX90060 and goes over all of its new features along with details on parts of the rig that others may have missed. Does Hemistorm like the red Jeep Wrangler Unlimited body? He doesn’t hold back and will tell you in his video. At the time we’re writing this, Hemistorm did a follow up to the video above on modifying the look of the SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC, but we’re waiting for a running video to post here and will do so as soon as we see one.

EXTREME SCALE PERFORMANCE RC


Unboxing the Axial AX90060 SCX10™ II 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC

ESP RC | 1st Drive | Axial AX90060 SCX10™ II 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC Edition

Extreme Scale Performance RC runs through a full unboxing and overview of the SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC in the first video with some full on positive, and several critical comments, on his personal thoughts of the machine. Plenty of details are given here especially on the scale details of the rig as you would expect from the channel that brings you ScaleWars. In the follow-up running video, the AX90060 hits some awesome terrain on the “Gate Keeper” trail at Sawyer Park in Bend Oregon. The action is backed up with some intense music and near the end, you’ll get a taste for the raw sound of the truck in action on the windy trail.

RCDRIVER_ONLINE


Best RC Trail Adventure Truck! – Axial SCX10 II 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited CRC RTR | RC Driver

RC Driver took a different approach from the others above by producing an all-in-one video that gives you a look at the new features on the SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC and shows you the rig in action. This video draws inspiration from the Axial Rubicon Trek back story with Rodney Wills – How the SCX10 earned the Jeep Trail Rated Badge video by taking the rig right to the trail, unboxing it and showing off all the elements of the truck in its natural habitat. If you want to see what the AX90060 is all about, it’s covered here.

FERNDOGG310


AXIAL PERFORMANCE- JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED CRC EDITION

You just want to see some scale action? Ferndogg310 went right for the action! In this video, you’ll see how good the AX90060 looks parked in a scale garage for a few seconds before you’re hit with the rig trekking across the rock-trails of Bootleg Canyon. This video is also loaded with loud metal music tied perfectly together with slow scale driving and the SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC getting the job done!