Step By Step Wraith Kit Build In Action

I finally got a chance to shoot a few action shots, and video of my Wraith kit build. I don’t have the video edited yet, because I have been too busy working on the Exo release, but it’s coming soon. For this first shakedown run I used a 5300mah 2S lipo, and it gave me a good combination of wheelspeed and torque, with barely any noticeable “cogging”. Next I plan on dropping a 3S pack in it to see which set-up I like better. Here’s a few of the better shots I got, it’s tough to drive and shoot pictures and video at the same time. Still fun though!!

On to the photos……

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There’s a few teaser photos for you guys, hopefully I can get the video edited soon.

2011 SEMA Show – Bender Edition

As most of you know, Axial attended the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada recently. We had been secretly working with some strategic technical partners to give a sneak peek at the show of our latest vehicle, the Exo. Since Axial is predominantly known for making R/C crawlers, the release of the Exo was a big surprise to the general public because it was so vastly different then our previous vehicles. So, a handful of us made the trip to SEMA to witness the reactions and get some first hand feedback. This was my first trip to SEMA, and it was amazing to say the least. There is so much to see, that it is tough to cover everything. We were only in town for a few days, and barely scratched the surface of what SEMA had to offer. Armed with my camera and a backpack, I ventured out into the sea of people and shiny metal components. Here are a few of the photos I snapped along the way.

Cool low-rider Dually……

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…..with some serious chariot-like wheel spikes.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Got to love green and black.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

They had a drift track set-up in an empty parking lot. Spectators could take a ride along with them if they wanted.

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If you are into Jeeps, like me, there was no shortage of eye candy at the show.

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A few more shots outside on the first day.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Sweet Overland Journal JK, with integrated roof rack tent.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Another sweet 4 door Jeep JK.

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More random goodness from inside.

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Got milk?

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Our first stop was at the Griffin booth.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

What do we have here?

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Raw metal and carbon fiber together just looks cool.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

The Wilwood booth

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

The Wilwood Wraith

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Cool Jeep pick-up.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Shannon Campbell’s rock racer, IFS front and solid axle rear. I have seen this rig in action a few times at King of the Hammers, and it’s just sick!

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

The Tron Audi built by West Coast Customs

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

The Raceline wheels booth.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

The Raceline Wraith was on display too.

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More randomness…..

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Walker Evans wheels.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Custom 4 door Jeep JK 6X6 pick-up………..say that 10 times in a row as fast as you can.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Next stop was the Icon Vehicle Dynamics booth.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Another custom JK build. Not really my style, but I can appreciate the time that went into it.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

The Dana Spicer booth. If you are looking for tough off-road axles, most people start here.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Got driveshafts?

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

There were tons of cool trucks to drool on at the show as well.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Or maybe old Broncos are your thing?

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

How about an old school Bronco built to play in the desert? One of my favorite vehicles from the show.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

More desert vehicles.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Cool Jeepspeed build.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

There were a few sand-rails on display too.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

More photos from around the show.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

After lunch we ran into a couple of Rodney’s old friends, Dennis and Ryan Anderson.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Chevy displayed several variations of their new Sonic. I have to admit for a small car, these things are pretty cool.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Got ear plugs?

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Another one of Rodney’s old friends/co-workers Andy Williamson (right), he is one of the masterminds behind the Chevy Sonic display.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

I even managed to spy a few nice full suspension mountain bikes, another one of my hobbies.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Giant’s Reign X1. I have a 2010 X2 at home.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

More random shots……

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

I don’t remember the ice cream truck in our neighborhood looking anything like this when I was a young lad. Kids these days have it made!

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

More Jeep based vehicles.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

My favorite Jeep from the show, AEV’s 4 door JK pick-up.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Next we went by the Hankook booth.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Does this tread pattern look familiar?

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

A little F1 action, Kimi Raikkonen’s Mercedes.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

More spy shots…… not very often you see a Ferrari that isn’t red.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

There was an immense number of wheels on display.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

I think they made these custom for either Liberace or Elton John.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

My last stop for the day was the Turn Key booth.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Even Charlene, the Turn Key model, couldn’t keep her hands of the Exo.

SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Woah, my feet and back were beat after a few days!! Those are my highlights from the 2011 SEMA show. If you have never been, it is well worth the trip for anyone that considers themselves a gearhead.

Here’s one last little sneak peek for you guys……………..enjoy!!

Step By Step Wraith Kit Build – Part VII – Electronics Install

Here is the final installment of our 7 part Wraith kit build series. For this post I will cover the electronics I am using, and placement in the chassis. Wiring this truck is a little tougher then normal, because of the tube chassis and interior tray. Proper planning is needed to pull off a clean install. My first objective with this wiring job was keeping it clean. I didn’t want to see a bunch of electronics or wires while the vehicle is running, it takes away from the overall scale look. The plan was to shoe-horn as much of the electronics as I could under the interior. Here is how it all played out.

For the motor and speed control I went with Tekin’s RS Pro ESC, and 10.5t brushless motor. This combo should give me a decent combo of wheel speed and torque with a 2S lipo. I am using my Futaba 4PK receiver and radio, as well as a Futaba S9452 servo for steering duties.

I used the ESC for mock-up to see where it would fit under the interior before I started wiring everything up. It took a few tries to get it properly positioned so it would fit without interference. I ended up using an AX10 servo mount for the ESC mount. I attached it to one of the holes in the top of the transmission. Then used double stick tape to attach the ESC. Once I finalized the ESC position, I soldered everything up as needed.

A few shots of the transmission and electronics before installing it back into my Wraith.

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The wiring……

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The ESC shelf……

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For the receiver mount I used the stock Wraith electronics box, but modified it a little to work with my set-up. I moved the battery up front, so it is now positioned behind the dashboard. I did this to put more weight bias out front, which will help in technical rock sections. In order to mount my battery up front I knew I would have to fab a battery tray of some sort. After staring at the front of my Wraith for a while it hit me…………just modify the stock battery tray instead. I basically ended up cutting the stock tray in half lengthwise, and bolting it into position where the stock ESC would normally sit in an RTR Wraith. Then added a few pieces of foam to fill any gaps between the tray and battery. I was even able to use the stock battery straps, which was a nice bonus.

A shot of the newly revised battery tray.

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You will have to cut away a lot of the interior out front for the battery and tray to clear without issue.

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The tray installed…..

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A few photos with the battery in place. You can also see the new hole I added to the lid of the receiver box, this just made the wiring job a tad easier, and it moved my servo wires away from the battery tray as well.

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Time to re-install the body panels, and it’s ready to go!

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I will have action shots and video soon, so stay tuned!!

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Axial / RECON G6 Challenge – Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011

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Haunted Rock Park
Rock Park – Reno, Nevada
October 15, 2011
words & photos: Matthew Soileau

Why was Rock Park chosen for the Halloween edition of the R.E.C.O.N. G6 Challenge?

Tiss the month, it’s a great place to tell a camp fire stories, especially scary ones….

Horror legend has it that in 1910 the Southern Pacific Railroad was in full swing after building a switch station in Sparks, NV in 1904; known then as Harriman, NV after the president of the S.P.R. Well the railroad brought in all kinds of adventure seeking souls looking to make it big out West, but with the good, the rails also brought, the bad.

The baddest was a man named Jeremiah Earl Danziger, a descendant of Poland, came to Harriman, NV in 1910 and one of the bloodiest years that Sparks, NV has ever seen. Jeremiah Earl Danziger, or Jed went to work for Aphia Mine in Virginia City but was soon dismissed after he was caught stealing from the mine. This upset Jed and he what he did for the next 7 months, still horrifies and haunts people who walk the river path through Rock Park.

Jeremiah Earl Danziger (aka JED) killed 16 young girls in 7 months. Butchered was used in most of the descriptions as each girl was found missing wrists and ankles. When Jed was caught in the act with his last victim, he slashed her throat as she yelled for help for her unborn child, just as a group of hunters passed by. One of the hunters shot Jed, but the bullet struck him in the lower back. Unable to walk, Jed was dragged to a tree and hung after his hands and feet were cut off with the hatchet that Jed himself used on his female victims. This all happened where Rock Park is located today.

I have lived in Reno for over 30 years and have only heard bits and pieces of this tale. But some say they see a blood covered man carrying a hatchet. I have been to Rock Park after dark and have never seen or heard anything, but I can tell you that where the tree once stood is a bridge and walking under that bridge all the hairs on the back of my neck and arms stood straight out. Was it just a cool breeze coming off the Truckee River or was it the ghost of JED?

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When I arrived at Rock Park, all seemed calm…

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
…although, there was a strangely out of place cemetery in the corner of the park.

Soon, G6ers began arriving wearing Halloween costumes;


Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
That’s when I knew this was going to be a great G6 Challenge!

Rigs began to line up;
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Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
I noticed that even they were in the Halloween spirit.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
This Axial SCX10 wasn’t really in the holiday spirit, but it was my favorite G-Ride of the day.

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As registration began, some wondered why Under Dog was taking their information.

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It turns out that Brad’s was actually dressed as ‘Ballsy’; one of the giant red balls from the TV show Wipe Out.

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Mmmmm, Brad’s neck looks delicious…

Word must be spreading about the good time the G6 Challenge delivers,
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
because after registration there were 47-trucks lined up and ready to begin!

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Immediately after Trail Marker #1, drivers had to complete the Hop Scotch Drivers Challenge. I think Parker just put this here to have some entertainment.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
First you got a little dirty..
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and then you cleaned off in the Truckee River.

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Right after this grassy section was TM unlucky 13…

luck would have it, this crayfish found out it was part of TM#13.

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A winch line near this 50-foot culvert could only mean one thing.
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Yup, trucks were going to be driving through it.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
At the graveyard, drivers had to stop to find their tombstones, yes, each driver had his name on a tombstone and there where 50+ more names than event entries so finding your name was a little more in depth!
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Drivers were then required to attach their tombstone to their rigs for the remainder of the challenge.


Captain Axial stopped by to make sure everyone was having a good time. Here, he saves this young girl from complete boredom.

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The ghost of JED appears to be levitating Mike Pham’s truck over this crevasse.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Even the bugs at Rock Park dressed up for Halloween.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Here’s one of the reasons the G6 Challenge is becoming so popular. Look at all the people doing something. There’s not a lot of sit time like there is at other R/C events. And when there is that “sitting moment” its REST!


Six female drivers made the G6 Challenge. Here one of them shows that all that is needed is an RTR Honcho in order to do the Parker’ism – “Do Work!”

These G-Rides show how they are not afraid to “DO WORK!”
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Since the G6 Challenge isn’t really about winning but rather completing the adventure, most drivers are eager and ready to help out their fellows adventure challengers. This is a perfect example of the “tow strap hover.”

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Hey there little buddy, Trick or Treat.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
At dusk, things began to get a little spooky after the jack-o-lanterns were lit.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Have you ever driven through a jack-o-lantern?

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Up the slide…

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down the slide as your Trail Buddy looks on thinking… “dad, I did that with two wheels out the top!

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Even rarer than spotting the ghost of JED is spotting a smiling Stuart. I think he was happy that I spelled his name correctly, finally.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Lights were not mandatory…

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!


The darker it became…

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
The creepier the trails felt.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Surprises awaited drivers along the trail to add a little spook.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Under the bridge I spotted something.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Could this have been the ghost of JED? Yes, he moved and scared the baheebeegeebee’s out of us!!!

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011

At the end of the night stage, was the sharp shooter challenge. Hitting the ghost with the slingshot earned you a time bonus.


Missing the ghost earned you a trip to the bucket of guts. Pulling a chip out of there also earned you a time bonus.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
G6 Trophies JED would be proud of. Thank you Zonkerd.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Thank you to BPC and PLE…
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
For finishing prizes.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
G-Degree winner, Heather O’Conner

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
1st Place Wraith, Dan ‘Smoking Lipo’ Wilson. Thanks again for the driveshaft.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Cameron Nienkark took 3rd place in his first G6 Challenge.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
2nd Place: Rick Mercado

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
1st Place: Bruce Pease


Well… Another R.E.C.O.N. G6 Challenge is in the history books and that can only mean one thing…impatient days waiting for the next one. We hope to see you there. I already have my ticket ready for the G-Train.

*Note from Axial Inc.
Please note that no living items where made “un-living” for this event. They where found in their natural cycle of decomposition, used as fear props for the good of the children. They where then returned to their regularly scheduled reincarnation. Exception made for the pumpkins… their souls where asked to soak up JED spirit and where discarded in the proper RENO-Sparks waste management service system and later will be making special guest appearances on late night TV.

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AXIAL PRESENTS R.E.C.O.N. G6 Challenge Joker’s Wild 2011

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Words & Images: Matthew “Skeeno” Soileau

R.E.C.O.N. Crawlers held their latest installment of the G6 Challenge at Cisco Grove Camp Ground this past July 30th. Since invigorating the scale scene with the G6, Brian Parker has been continually perfecting the formula for fun. This one was not to disappoint. Even at the event Mr. Parker was still dreaming of ways to make future events even better. Does this guy ever sleep?

When the daylight finally arrived, drivers were greeted with 3 stages totaling 275 trail markers to navigate. Brian’s goadl was to stop the trend of sprinting through the stages. He wanted drivers to slow down and enjoy the experience of the challenge. This was achieved several ways. One way was through no passing zones. Drivers could not pass unless a vehicle was disabled. Another way was by setting an ‘average stage time’. Drivers that went under the time received 3 minute penalties for each minute under and 1 minute penalties for each minute over. On the shorter 50 marker stages, drivers were slowed down by either the slippery river rocks or hiking a steep unmolested grade. On the 175 marker stage, there was simply no way to sprint unless you were an Olympic Marathoner.

This event got its name because each driver was dealt a poker hand. Drivers received two cards at registration and one card after completing each stage. Winner of the Poker Run Challenge scored a cool $100. As usual, there were time bonuses given for special skills sections. Skill sections at the Joker’s Wild included a boat recovery zone, log pull, sled pull, and driver marksmanship challenge. Both rigs and their drivers would need a full gas tank if they were to complete this challenge.

Brian Parker discusses Joker’s Wild and future G6es late into the night. I finally turned in around 2 a.m. I don’t think he slept.

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Drivers were up early for the 8 a.m. tech. Lots of drivers showed up, over 50 preregistered.

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It was all smiles at the registration tent.

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Rigs lined up and waited for the signal to start.

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And………They’re off!

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BigJoeDuckSlayer told me he’d give me $50 if I used a pic of his Wraith, so here it is.

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Enter this culvert at your own risk because…

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…lots of gnats and mosquitos waited for you at the other end.

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A ‘jungle’ section of the 175 marker course

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G6 Vet, BrokenNib traverses a stream

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My stage buddy, DragonTurbo3 finds himself on the lonely ‘Hell’s Highway’ where temps reached into upper 90s.

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Not a stage buddy, more of a trail buddy.

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After 175 markers, driver’s had to test their marksmanship with this airsoft rifle; sharpshooters earned time bonuses.

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The river was down, so drivers got to sample the slick rock. Water makes beautiful artwork out of this stone.


Hottie with a Wraith.

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She had tons of scale accessories including a look-alike Barbie in the driver’s seat.

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What’s that website on her laptop?

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DanW had some issues with his rig. I think this may have been a blown radiator hose.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
A boat waits in the ‘recovery zone’ to be retrieved.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
A dip in the creek before heading down Hell’s Highway.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
Some 1.9s struggled with this sand pile, but the Wraiths didn’t seem to have any issues.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
Trail Marker #134!!! Don’t think you’re getting close. You still have 41-Trail Markers to go.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
Cole Bailey winds his Axial Samurai Stage Assassin through G6 Central. He stopped for a soda and a smile.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
Ascot wearing ChasinBaja was envious of this Land Rover.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
Trail Marker #163, getting closer.

The success of this event was evident by several sightings. The first was that almost 50 drivers drove over 60 miles to get to the event and many brought their families to watch and camp out. The second was all smiles and friendly chatter on the trails. I heard drivers giving advice on good lines to take and saw several drivers stop to help out fellow drivers who were broken or out of gas. The third was when a couple families walked all the way over from their campsites to see what all the trail markers were about. Judging by facial expression after their children saw the trucks running the G6 Challenge, I think I know what they will be asking for at Christmas. If you have not participated in a Parker run R.E.C.O.N. G6, it’s time you got yourself an SCX10 and did so. You will not regret it.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
3rd Place – James Skiles

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
2nd Place – Sam Trujillo

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
1st Place – Justin Halbohm

Finishing prize winners. Prizes donated from RCCountry, Bruce Peage, Dean Hsiao, PLE Engineering, and Rock Armor
RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011

Check this video the Joker’s Wild on YouTube:
http://youtu.be/eMUlNacA5II

Dork Vader video from Jokers Wild:
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/showpost.php?p=3217578&postcount=303

Brian Parker gives us a write-up about a husband & wife “G6 First Timers” with 1-Wraith:
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/showpost.php?p=3218088&postcount=310

Jokers Wild Official Thread on RCcrawler.com:
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/showthread.php?t=325622

R.E.C.O.N. G6 Challenge Joker’s Wild

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R.E.C.O.N. G6 Challenge “Joker’s Wild”

When: Saturday July 30th, 2011

Where: Exact location will be announced 24hrs prior to stage start. Cisco Grove Campgrounds, CA will be the host/lodging for this G6.

Tech: 0800hrs. All vehicles will be impounded immediately. All vehicles that do not pass tech will receive a time penalty. Tech will remain open until 0845hrs.

Start Time: Stage start time will follow the National Anthem. No late starts!

What: 3 stage G6 Challenge featuring new terrain and poker run for all 1.9 r/c scalers and Axial Wraith drivers.

G-Lunch: Trail dogs, chips, and oranges.

G-Fee: $20

Cisco Grove day use fee: $5

More information: http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/showthread.php?t=325622

OLIVER KNIVES teams with RECON G6 Challenge and Axial Inc.

Axial Inc. and Recon Crawlers are please to announce OLIVER KNIVES in addition to the 2011 AWCC Sponsors list.

Dwane Oliver, head of Northern New Mexico Rock Crawling RC Club and chapter member of RECON Crawlers, is also a custom knife maker! Oliver Knives is graciously hand making something special for a prize award for the 2011 AWCC Finals at Cisco Grove, CA.

Oliver has recently hand crafted a survival knife while also recently attended his first G6 Challenge. Dwane has named this new knife after the RECON G6 Challenge, the G6 SK. A special Oliver G6 SK is also getting another custom treatment of which will be presented at the 2011 AWCC Finals to the first place winner of the Axial SCX10 G6 Challenge. As Brain Parker, founding member of RECON Crawlers says, “DO WORK! And a very special Oliver G6 SK will be bestowed upon you!”

ABOUT OLIVER KNIVES
Dwane Oliver – Custom knife maker since 2004. As many people do, I enjoy a good knife, only problem was I couldn’t afford one. Solution … learn to make knives. I am a self taught maker. I learned a lot from the Internet, a wonderful tool. I began making custom handmade knives in 2004. I do not use grinding jigs or CNC machines, these knives are all hand-made and shaped. I have sold knives all over the United States, Ireland, England , and Australia. I had several knives in the Iraq war and with my sons in the Marine Corps.

As with all of my knives, the G6 SK (G6 denotes the RECON G6 Challenge and SK denotes Survival Knife) is made to stand the test of time. The High Carbon 1095 Steel is precision ground (by my 2 hands) to a rugged size with a durable edge. The handle materials on a G6 SK are chosen for their durability in any conditions, wet or dry, hot or cold. Handles are always textured to give maximum grip , even is slippery situations. Removable Ferrocerium firesteel is placed in the handle to get you out of a tough spot on a cold night. Add a good Para-Cord lanyard, and you have the makings of a real tool for the outdoor adventure seeker. The Kydex sheath is heat molded to each individual knife. The tubular rivets that hold the sheath together are grouped in a Tek-Lok or a Molle-Lok pattern. Handling the G6 SK is truly ambidextrous and can be worn in any direction.

example of an Oliver G6 SK:
OLIVER KNIVES teams with RECON G6 Challenge and Axial


CHECK OUT THIS BUILD THREAD OF THE CUSTOM G6-SK for AWCC:
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/showthread.php?p=3142827&posted=1#post3142827