Axial Adventure Field Kit Recommendations

Axial Adventure Field Kit Recommendations
As our ever evolving hobby sees us moving further into the outback, exploring the wild while driving our radio controlled adventure rigs, we have developed a healthy lifestyle of getting some physical excursive without making it another “to do” chore! But as we are hiking further with our r/c rigs away from our 1:1 rigs, we are further away from our tool boxes and spare parts inventory and hydration. Like overland expeditions, they carry enough supplies to last the duration of the planned trip, plus a little extra for the unexpected. Thus we have adopted this same principle in our R/C adventure crawls. Instead of overloading the SCX10 Honcho or Dingo and now the Wraith, we pack our supplies in our Camelbaks.

These are must have items in your carry bag, for those day long excursions. Nothing is worse than making plans to go out with friends for an epic R/C adventure, only to get shut down early because of breakage. This can be avoided if you have the proper spare parts, and tools to fix any issues that may come up. Vital must have’s are metric drivers and assorted miscellaneous tools. I always carry 1.5mm, 2mm, and 2.5mm drivers in my field bag, as they are the most common tools needed for repairs. Socket tools are also another nice item to pack, but a pair of needle nose pliers can become your universal “adjustable wrench” for tightening up Nylock nuts. A knife or X-acto is another must have item, you never know when you will have to repair your winch line or tow strap. Small Philips and Flat-head screw drivers are another nice item to have, unless your vehicle has all hex hardware. And let’s not forget spare AA’s for transmitters, because you won’t get far with a dead radio. I also usually bring a small towel, for wiping greasy parts down if I have to make a major repair. Do yourself a favor, to avoid spending nights in the doghouse, don’t grab your wife/girlfriends good towels from the bathroom. Grab an old towel, or buy some rags at the local auto parts store.

I pack everything I need in a back-pack, or Camelback. Camelbacks are nice because you can carry tools, spare parts, sun block, aspirin, band aids, plus a snack and beverage all in one self contained unit.

*Adventure Field Kit: Highly recommended items to be in your bail-out bag at all times:

Axial Wraith
[1] WB8 Universal Joint Rebuild Kit (2pcs) [AX30463]
[2] WB8 Driveshaft [AX80084]
[1] WB8 Driveshaft Coupler Set [AX30784]
[1] 80t Spur gear [AX30665]
[1] Screw Shaft M3X2.15X11mm (10pcs) [AX0175]
[1] LoctiteTM Thread Lock
[1] Spare wheel hex drive pins [AX30163]
[1] Short M3 set screws [AXA180]

Axial SCX10 Honcho and Dingo
[2] Driveshafts [AX80011]
[1] 87t Spur gear [AX30672]
[1] Axle housing [AX80003]
[1] Plastic shock hoops [AX80025]
[1] Plastic knuckles [AX80004]
[1] Plastic C hubs [AX80012]
[1] Package of body clips [AXA1059]
[1] LoctiteTM Thread Lock
[1] Spare wheel hex drive pins [AX30163]
[1] Short M3 set screws [AXA180]

Keep in mind this guide is meant for stock RTR vehicles, but most parts listed above are nice to have handy on those long trail runs. Also, as you upgrade parts, there will be less to carry too. For example once you have installed aluminum knuckles and C’s, there is usually no need to carry extras as the chances of breaking them are almost non-existent. All the above parts can be ordered through your local hobby shop using the part numbers provided. Time to get your adventure on!!

The RECON G6 CHALLENGE Gamblers Paradise Las Vegas 2011

The RECON G6 CHALLENGE “Gamblers Paradise” Las Vegas
Date: April 2nd, 2011
Location: Some N.E. hillside outside Las Vegas, Nevada
Words: Rodney “GCRad1” Wills
Images: Brandon Coonce & Rodney Wills

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The year Twenty-Eleven has barely started and the RECON Crew has already and totally changed the game of having R/C fun in a friendly environment!

The G6 Challenges first started in January with “Erzberg” and “Folsom G6 Blues,” February saw “Love of Rock” and “Folsom G6 Blues part Duex,” then March brought on the “Maddness.” Finally, April was not fooling around with “Gamblers Paradise!” All in all, six events of G-six’ism this year!

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The casual bystander would view the landscape for a G6 Challenge as beautiful to view from a distance but would not consider the terrain and environment as “friendly,” but for the adventure G6’ers, the rougher and less traveled, the better! But what is this G6 Challenge that has Trail Honcho’s in a frenzy to adventure into the unknown?

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The Gamblers Paradise Edition of the G6 Challenge was actually a “no gamble – all win” event with spectacular al la natural landscape, awesome weather and course design on the Scalers’ list of paradise-type terrain! Yes, this event was EPIC for the adventure enthusiast!

While on a previous G6 Challenge in Reno, I did a little sample driving as I spent most of my time filming and shooting photos. I had such a blast with the little time I drove my rig at the “Maddness” event, that this time I wanted more seat-time! Jeff Johns [Axial President] and myself went out to participate in this event from start to finish. With two very stock SCX10’s in hand, we wanted to get the full flavor of fun and a full-day of seat-time… ok, steering-walking time. Either way, it was the adventure of the unknown we were chasing!

Here is Jeff just past #20-Trail Marker into the 100-TM course:
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The G6 Challenge events are comprised of three trails ranging from 50 to 200 course markers- pretty much however many Brian Parker feels like putting in that day, but with heavy emphasis on “challenge” as in the most challenging courses set in natural terrain. At G6 Challenge events, two guys work together as “trail buddies.” The mission is that one person drives his rig and the other guy goes along as “co-pilot” alerting the driver to course directions while scoring his driver. Once the driver finishes a trail, the participants switch duties for the same course and repeat for the other trails. Yes, this is the honor system with nine million ways to seek the gray area. But hey, this is the very reason we are seeing a flip as the other side coin has nine million rules to follow. At the end of the day, we currently only need/want general guidelines for some wild style adventure fun!!!


Jeff Johns, Axial President getting his G6 ON! Yes, our president is also an enthusiast!

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Jeff and I being first time G6’ers, we were also trail-buddies and driving showroom bone-stockers! Can we make it any harder!? From a participant standpoint, it is very easy to show up and run at one of these events! As the event was getting underway, I couldn’t hold back my urge to snap a couple of shots of the other adventure seekers as Jeff was making ready his SCX10 murdered-out Honcho. OK. So his rig is not that stock, he has custom flat black paint and a couple of scale accessories.
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It dawned on me that while I understood the rules, I was not familiar with the score keeping process and in just a few moments we would be out on a trail, clock ticking and no way of returning to G6 base-camp to ask about rules and scoring, so I made a quick inquiry about rules right as Jeff approached the start line. Talk about cutting it close!
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“Rules – EASY! Don’t hit trail markers and don’t hit boundaries. Have FUN!,” stated Stewart G. with assistance from Brad Bailey while starting other G6’ers out onto the three trails simultaneously. OK, so that is (I hope) rather simple, I thought and we started our adventure in the “deep-end of the pool” with the 100-trail marker course!

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StewartG [center] of RECON, the man behind the digital clocks and all things keeping up with Brian Parker [right].

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The coolest thing about participating in the “chase of adventure” at a G6 Challenge is that it is not about the podium finish. It’s about the massive amount of seat-time driving and possibly surviving the unknown unscathed and then, sharing stories at the end of the day- “How in the heck did you clean TM-24 on the 100-course?” “Did you see that Bender-6X walk-it!” “Did you get passed by the Swanson Swagger!?”

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WELL. Let me tell you! I personally witnessed the “Swanson Swagger!” I got passed on the 100-course by the man himself, Mr. Tom “Swagger” Swanson, somewhere after TM-66 and before TM-75 on the radical terrain of the 100-course. I was in disbelief, but the “rumor” is in fact true! “The Swagger” as he will now be known, was walking, not running, in a brisk and smooth manner as he somehow piloted his SCX10 Dingo [the only one at the event] through the Vegas outback. As he navigated his rig past and was a few feet ahead, he shouted back for me to look on the left as he thought he may have seen a cleaner line for me to attempt. I looked in a fit of frustration and why yes, I saw the line! HOW THE HECK!? I’m laughing as I line my Sharpe Camo’ed SCX10 Honcho up to the rock and could only punch the skinny pedal and succeeded in launching my rig up the rock on the left side only to take out the course marker on the right. Luck will only take you so far and did at this point as some of my previous course marker clearings where finessed in complete amazement even to myself and stage partner. I’m sure everyone knows of what I speak, everyone needs video to capture the proof of pure amazement.

Here at TM-74 is where I would be passed by Tom “Swagger” Swanson:
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I pulled out of the way in order for Tom to have a clean-through line. Also, I was attempting to reverse through the trail marker diagonally without having to winch without the winch I do not have and without the use of the stage buddy winch. Tom of course needed no stinking winch as he boosted up the ledge on the third approach!

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Tom Swanson in action – standing for a brief moment.

Later at the G6 Base Camp, I asked Tom Swanson for some of his hysterical magical swagger to be sprinkled on my rig to make up the difference in driving talent that expired and without instant renewal, back there around TM-68. He graciously popped the Dingo’s bonnet [it was European] and showed me his personal outback setup! This is the comradery that the G6 Challenge members have! It’s us that have to survive both the outback wilderness defined by the trail markers of Brian Parker and the G6 Crew. It’s all part of the mystery and adventure that happens at the G6 Challenges.

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We came, we drove and we performed our wilderness clean-up duty!

FIRST PLACE:
Brian Parker and Brad Bailey of RECON Present Thom Kowatch [center] his First Place at RECON G6 CHALLENGE Gamblers Paradise Presented By Axial Las Vegas Nevada April 2nd, 2011 (256)
Brian Parker and Brad Bailey of RECON Present Thom Kowatch [center] his First Place “Wagon Wheel” Award

SECOND PLACE:
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Brandon Coonce of Axial Inc., is presented the Second Place “ashes to ashes – dust to dust” Award

THIRD PLACE:

Brain Parker presents Tom Swanson with the Third Place “Vegas Desert Shark Landmark” Award

TOUGH LUCK AWARD:

Brent Brammer is presented the Tough Luck “G-Degree Good Apple” Award. Brent battled electric gremlins from the very start but fought them through the 100-TM course and the first 50-TM course before expiring his battle. This was inauguration to the G6 family.


Brad “Bender” Dumont’s 6XSCX10 set the fastest time on the 100-TM Course!!!

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G6 Participants where given the first public viewing of the Wraith Rock Racer!


You can bank on there being more… more G6 Challenge in store!