HemiStorm’s Custom 2017 SCX10 II Jeep Wrangler Unlimited CRC


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.


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.


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SCX10 II 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited CRC Video Collection


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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.



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!

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Get geared up! You’re moments away from taking the SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD RTR on an adventure, whether it’s in your backyard or trails at the nearest park. The latest addition to the SCX10 II™ line makes going off-road easy, worry free and perhaps most importantly stylish thanks to the CRC body features and accessories. The 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC is loaded with performance features too which are all detailed HERE. In this Axial Blog we’re going to show you how easy it is to wrap up the few details needed to get the rig powered up an on the trails. Let’s get started.

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If you haven’t jumped into the box by now, what are you waiting for a bus? Carefully cut the factory seals on the box and slide out the contents. The truck will be secured to the inner packaging and you’ll notice some additional bags taped to the bottom of the truck support. Remove the bag of extra parts, radio and manuals. Please take some time to read through the manuals to familiarize yourself with the model, features and adjustments that can be made. Once you’ve done that, you can take a pair of side cutters and clip the zip-ties securing the rig to the cardboard.


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It’s released! Time to get 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC powered up. First remove all four body clips from the top of the body. Now before you tear off the body, the truck is equipped with LED lights. The lights are attached to the body and connect to the power source on the speed control with two connectors. Gently remove the body, tilt it to one side and you can now you can access the battery tray. If necessary, the body can be completely removed by disconnecting the LED’s at the plugs.


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By now, you’ve probably already selected a 7.2V NiMh or 7.4V LiPo battery and appropriate charger. While the battery is out of your SCX10 II, charge the battery. While waiting, you can adjust the battery chemistry type jumper plug on the electronic speed control if necessary. The jumper plug comes from the factory set in LiPo mode. If you have selected a NiMh battery to run, you may want to move the plug to NiMh mode for optimum performance. Only switch the plug if you planning on running NiMh batteries exclusively. If you plan on switching or are just uncertain of your battery types, leave the jumper plug in the factory set location.


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Battery still charging? Move along to installing batteries in the Tacitc TTX300 transmitter. Don’t grab random AA batteries pillaged from devices around the house. Always start with a new set off AA batteries and install them in the bottom of the transmitter noting the polarity. The transmitter requires four cells.


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When your vehicle’s battery has finished charging, you can install it in the truck and it’s very easy to do so. Simply release the velcro strap, slide the battery into the cradle and cinch the velcro closed. Don’t plug it in yet. You’ll need to power up your radio first and then connect the vehicle battery plug to the ESC plug. The plugs act as your on/off switch. After the battery is plugged in, you can re-install the body (plug in the LED’s if you removed the plugs) and slip all four body clips back on to their posts.


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Adventure awaits! Head outside and get a feel for your new SCX10 II 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited CRC. Practice driving in your yard or a field, get use to the steering, throttle and reversing before heading out to a long trail drive. The SCX10 II is built tough but it’s always better to take things slowly and ease into your hobby fun. Remember to take pictures along the way and post them with the hashtag #AxialAdventures so other adventurers can see your truck and travels.