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iron-mountain-depot-recon-g6-20The Axial Iron Mountain Depot RECON G6 was held this past weekend in St. Louis, MO, and it was quite the event. It set the attendance record for the traveling tour (i.e. not Axialfest) with a staggering 143 day / 97 night entries, and 9 states were represented So how did the event actually go? What exactly is an “Iron Mountain Depot” anyways? Click the “Read More” below to see our full coverage.

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It’s a RECON G6 weekend here in St. Louis! While you can get the event details right here there is one very important change to note. The actual G6 event (and mud race) on Saturday will take place right down the road from the listed spot on the website. The new location is Sports Center Park in St. Peters, MO. The recent torrential rain forced us to move last minute. All is well though, we are ready for a great day!

I’m riding into G6 battle with two rigs; my Captain America piloted Axial G6 SCX10 for the main day stage, and our SCX10 C/R Edition fresh off of review. The G6 truck is waterproofed and heavily modified…the C/R is bone stock (save for the battery plate being moved to the front). It will be interesting to see how they do.

I’m also pumped up for the Mega Truck mud race taking place in between stages. I’ve been heavily testing the truck and it’s as ready to go as it’s gonna be. I took out the Castle 6900 motor and slotted in a 4600. It’s got gobs of torque and is much easier to handle (the 6900 was just way too hot). Here are some of my testing pictures.

I did a new body for it, a Pro-Line 1966 F-100 (#3415-00) that I’ve dubbed the Monster Mule (in the spirit of my Clodbuster with the same name). I’m ready to hit the pit and see what she’s made of. And speaking of blue Fords, my friends at BIGFOOT 4×4 have donated a very cool trophy for the mud race – a section of driveshaft loop that was recently used (and grenaded) on a BIGFOOT race truck!

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Look for a full event rundown next week on Big Squid. Ok, I’m off to ride the G-Train. Hope to see a few of you there!

For more scale r/c news here on BSRC hit up this link.

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Scale 4×4′s are white hot right now, and one of the trucks leading the charge is the Axial SCX10. The latest version to come down the pike is the sweet looking Casey Currie themed Jeep Wrangler Unlimited C/R Edition. Is this RTR JK worth your hard earned duckets? Click the “Read More” to find out.

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axial-scx10-cr-edition-unboxingAxial’s latest SCX10 has hit the Big Squid offices, the RTR Jeep Wrangler Unlimited C/R Edition. You can checkout the shots below to see what lies underneath when you dig into the box. Two things really jumped out at us:

- The gigantic tires. This is the first rig to include Axial’s new ultra scale 1.9 BF Goodrich KRAWLER T/A’s (in comp grade R35 compound). These are some big hunks o’ rubber (4.7” tall) which give the JK a very aggressive stance.

- The trick looking Rigid Industries light bars. The truck comes packed to the gills with auxillary lighting so the fun doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down.

Our full review is coming soon, but in the meantime why don’t you click here to see a comprehensive “tale of the tape”.

For more Axial news on BigSquidRC you can click this link.

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The Axial SCX10 is a very popular truck; probably the most popular scaling rig of all time. It’s available in many different “flavors” and at press time there are currently six versions on the market. The differences aren’t all cosmetic as some have different wheelbases, tires, lights, etc. It can make a newbie’s head spin. Here’s a handy guide to see the main differences between models…which hopefully will help clarify things for those that are confused. For brevity I’m going to just list the notable features of each one. We’ll start with all the “ready-to-runs” (RTR) and then delve into the kits, organized by average street price. Click the “Read More” below to check it out.

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Jeep Buys Axial
In unprecedented industry news, full scale manufacturer Jeep has announced it bought rc manufacturer Axial. Never before has a full scale company ventured into the small scale world, but that might explain why Axial has only been putting out only fully licensed Jeeps for new models. On the other side of things, we’ve learned that there might very well be a full scale Axial G6 Edition coming out. This will set on a tricked out full scale Jeep platform with Axial livery, and each vehicle will be signed on the dash by none other than G6 frontman Brian Parker. Put me down as first in line for that one!

Get the latest rc news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

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One of the cool things about Axial Recon G6 competition is that each event encourages local club participation by way of driver challenges. A G6 driver’s challenge can consist of almost anything; it may be as simple as a tough obstacle or something as crazy as building a raft to float their rig down a creek. I remember when I attended my first G6 last year a local hobby shop had sponsored a special “glider” section wherein drivers had to put down their remotes and try to fly a balsa glider onto a target for a time bonus. You never know what you may see.

That brings us to the “Iron Mountain Depot Recon G6″ (all info right here) taking place here in St. Louis on April 12. Big Squid RC is sponsoring a special driver’s challenge¬† consisting of a stretch of obstacles that we built (thanks to the club I’m a part of for all their work, Show-Me Scalers) to test the skill of many a G6′er. Running the obstacles extensively would be against the spirit of competition so we only hit them a couple times for photo purposes. They are very tough, which is perfect! Check out some teasers below.

If you plan on coming out please say hello (I’ll be in Big Squid garb w/ my hot rod flamed Axial SCX10 JK) and score some BSRC stickers for your rig!

For more Axial news on Big Squid you can click here.

TopCad Cage Axial Wraith
The crew over at TopCad have a new Steel Outer Cage for your Axial Wraith. The cage is available in four different colors of powder coating (black, green, red and orange) and has an LED roof rack for even more scale realism.

The part number for the cage is #23113, it has a street price of $72, and is available right now from AsiaTees Hobbies.

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Axial Jeep C/R Edition SCX10
The folks over at Axial are on top of the crawling world now days. They got there by putting out capable, and great looking, trucks. Their latest truck is a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited C/R Edition. This SCX10 based truck is loaded with trick scale goodies like BFG tires, Rigid Industries light bars, Casey Currie’s CRC wheels, and multiple Poison Spyder licensed parts. The C/R edition looks trick right out of the box, and should be a solid performer out on the trail.

The part number for the C/R edition is #AX90035, it has a street price of $419, and they should start hitting hobby shops in late April. To get complete information simply hit up This Link.

To find more Axial news on BigSquidRC This Is The Link you want.

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Click here to read Part 1 of this series or click here for Part 2.

The servo that comes with the RTR Axial SCX10 isn’t bad for a stock unit, but the combination of running aluminum steering links (you upgraded, right?!) coupled with bigger and heavier tires/wheels make a servo upgrade a high priority. The factory unit is also decidedly NOT waterproof, which can be a huge negative depending on where you want to run.

Like everything else in this series, my recommendations are made based on what I’ve used “in the field”. Without a doubt my personal favorite is the Hitec HS-5646WP Waterproof Servo (click here for full specs). It provides enough torque to easily turn 1.9 tires on the rocks (if you are sporting big 2.2′s you may want something more powerful) and with a street price of around $50¬†the price to performance ratio is very nice. And while the light blue case is sealed and ready for the drink, the relatively low price point makes it MUCH easier to dunk with reckless abandon. Even though I’ve never had one fail on me it’s still nice to know that if it did (hey, it happens when dealing with water and electronics) I wouldn’t be out a couple C-notes.

The servo comes with a thick plastic horn that works very well with some slight modification. The stock bolt mounting hole just needs to be drilled/reamed out slightly and it will fit snug. The plastic is hardy enough that I’ve never had a breakage or stripping issue in over 14 months of heavy use (with 3 of these servos).

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Ok, so lets talk battery placement. If you have a Trail Honcho you are fine (they come with the mount up front) but if you have the JK RTR you will need to relocate. The parts you need should be in your extra trees (they were for mine when I purchased one a year ago). Click here to check out an excellent guide on the procedure over at Axial’s site. Getting that battery up front will make a huge difference when climbing.

So yeah, at this point you should have a serious trail machine. When we drop Part 4 of this guide we’ll take a look at over/ under drive gears, what exactly they do, and if they are right for you.

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The 2014 Axial RECON G6 event series is underway! Here at Big Squid HQ we are preparing for the “Iron Mountain Depot RECON G6” taking place April 12th in O’fallon, MO (click here for full event rules, details, and registration) and I was recently able to catch up with series founder and “course master” Brian Parker (everyone knows him as Parker) for a quick interview. Before we get to that though, let me drop some 411 on you uninitiated folk who may be wondering “what the heck is this G6 thing?”

The Axial RECON G6 Adventure Series, in simplest terms, is a timed scale cross-country race. Drivers are tasked with driving a set course (courses can sometimes be several hours long) through a variety of gates and “challenges” designed to push their scale machine to the limit. Touching your vehicle is forbidden and you must use a recovery strap or winch to get you through when stuck or upside down. Relying on your fellow driver is crucial. Drivers are given a log book and must use hole punches/stamps located at various checkpoints to mark their progress and also prove they ran the course. The motto of the series is “Finishing a G6 is like the winning a G6″. It’s all about teamwork and having a good time with fellow like minded scale off-roaders.

Ok, so with that in mind let’s get to the interview.¬† Click the “Read More” below to see my interview with Parker and to check out a few pictures from last year’s St. Louis event.

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TheToyz  Leukemia & Lymphoma Big Climb Raffle
Our friends over at TheToyz are holding a raffle to raise money for leukemia & lymphoma. 100% of the proceeds are going to charity, all you have to do is hit up the TheToyz website to buy a raffle ticket before March 23rd. The winner of the raffle takes home a brand new Axial Jeep Rubicon RTR, a value of close to $400.

To enter TheToyz Leukemia & Lymphoma Big Climb Raffle simply click This Link.

Hit up This Link for more TheToyz news right here on BigSquidRC.

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If you read Part 1 of this guide (CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT) you may remember that for the Part 2 portion of “Upgrading Your RTR Axial SCX10″ I planned on limiting the budget to $100. Well, in the grand tradition of every single r/c project I’ve been apart of…we are going over budget! Besides, if your rig isn’t over budget then you aren’t a true scaler! Right?! Yeah, this excuse never works on my wife either. I digress. Click the “Read More” button to see what kind of trouble we can get into this time.

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