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Axial AE-5 Waterproof ESC
Axial’s AE-5 ESC is affordable and loaded with features for the crawling/scaler crowd. To make it easier to program while out on the trail, the AE-5 uses jumpers instead of a traditional programming button. These jumpers are used to change settings for battery type and drag brake. The AE-5 is also waterproof, something that is a must for all those long trail drives, or for general bashing.

* Laser etched logo on heat sink
* Comes with Tamiya style connector
* Max cell count is 3S LiPo
* 5 volt 2 amp BEC
* Motor limits are 12 turn on 2S and 18 turn on 3S
* 1.8 x 1.3 x 1.1″ in size

The AE-5 has a part number of #AX31144, they are street priced at $38, and it is expected to start shipping in August. Click Here for full details over on Axial’s official website.

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 Axial SCX10 Jeep Wrangler G6 Falken Edition
New from Axial is their SCX10 Jeep Wrangler G6 Falken Edition. The latest Axial sports a fully licensed dovetail Jeep body with special Falken livery and is loaded with scale detailing from front to rear. The uber scale realism on the outside is mounted on top of the SCX10 platform, a platform that has long proven itself to be extremely reliable out on the trail.

* Comes with 1.9″ Falken WildPeak Mud Terrain tires
* Walker Evans Racing wheels
* Detailed interior
* Dual slipper clutch
* Hardened steel axles with heavy duty diff lockers
* Features WB8 HD Wildboar Driveshafts
* Poison Spyder Rock Brawler front bumper
* 5 bucket light bar set with choice of plain, Axial, and licensed PIAA grille covers
* 4-link rear suspension
* Steel c-channel frame
* Axial AX-3 2.4GHz transmitter
* Tactic metal gear 151 oz-in servo
* 3S LiPo capable Axial AE-5 speed controller

The part number is #AX90036, it is priced at $349, and you can get complete details by hitting up This Link over on the Axial website.

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It was time to break open the new Axial SCX10 Deadbolt RTR! People were such big fans of the Deadbolt body on the AX10, Axial decided to bring the scale look to the SCX10 as well! The green is REALLY green. When we first saw the parts tree, we thought.. ‘Hey! This was supposed to be a RTR!’ But it’s loaded with cool options like the different heads, etc.

You can see a cool shot of the ESC with jumpers for changing the amount of drag brake, as well as a lipo cutoff. It’s nice to have these options in the field made simple just by changing a jumper.

The part number for this SCX10 Deadbolt RTR is #AX90044, it has a street price of $299, should be available shortly after we posted this. More information is available on the Axial Website.

To find more Axial news on BigSquidRC This Is The Link you want, or if you want to check out our Axial Deadbolt AX10 Review you can hit that link.

Axial Big Squid RC
I knew we were in trouble when we pulled up in front of the Axial Racing offices. You see Brian and I were dressed more for a boardroom than we were for walking around in the desert, and by the looks of the myriad of hardcore off-road vehicles in the parking lot, I doubted we’d be spending much time indoors. I was right, we spent most of our time at Axial pulling trigger, something that we both prefer (but were not dressed for, LOL).

After some introductions and a quick tour of their facility, the Axial crew loaded up some trucks, batteries, and tools, and we hit one of their local uber bash spots. They told us they had a killer spot to bash just around the corner, which we hear all the time and it rarely turns out to be true, but the Axial guys were not kidding. Just a few blocks away was an area with a variety of terrain, but more importantly to us, it had HUGE jumps, and LOTS of them.

Much like us, the Axial crew proved in person that they love bashing hard, very hard. They kept going bigger and higher, and before we left one of their guys said “Finish them off!”. If you are a basher, you know what that phrase means, if not, it means to keep going bigger until everything is broke to finish off the day. It’s a pretty common phrase when we go bashing, and we were kinda blown away that the Axial crew have the exact same mentality as us.

Needless to say we had a great time bashing with the Axial crew and pushing their products to the limit. We would like to publicly thank Rodney, Jeff, Brandon, Jamie, Andrew, and Matt for all their hospitality and the opportunity to find out what they are all about – having insane amounts of fun with rc trucks. :)

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Looking for a new Axial vehicle? Check out the first shot of the Axial SCX10 Deadbolt. It’s a 1/10th scale RTR Rock Crawler that comes with a huge list of licensed parts like a Poison Spyder Rock Brawler Bumper, Maxxis Trepador tires, Walker Evans wheels and more.

It comes with a 27T Brushed motor, 2-channel 2.4ghz radio, and completely built, you just need to supply the batteries.

The part number for the SCX10 Deadbolt is #AX90044, it has a street price of $299, and they should start hitting hobby shops in late May. More information should be available soon on the Axial Website.

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

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I’m still recharging from a crazy RECON G6 weekend but have emerged my garage just long enough to bring you this week’s column. If you haven’t yet, check out my two part coverage from earlier this week (mega truck race here, RECON G6 here). Before I close the book on it I wanted to share a couple things that I found interesting.

Since we had an Axial SCX10 CR Edition laying around the office (due to our recent review) and one it’s big features is lights, I decided I would run it bone stock during the shorter night stage (leaving the tougher day stage duties to my modded SCX10 Wrangler) to see how it performed. It just so happened that a non-scaler friend of mine called and asked if I could loan him a truck to try out this whole “G6 thing” during the day. All of a sudden the C/R edition would be running a full 2-stage event (with a noob driver for the day stage to boot) with minimal modifications. One caveat, I did move the battery up front utilizing included extra mounts and some screws I had lying around.

The truck performed awesome! It was dunked, slammed, and rolled but the big Jeep kept keepin’ on. It completed the 3 hour day stage with no problems at all. My friend really dug the Jeep and the whole concept of scaling in general. After he left, I took the reigns for the night stage and came away very impressed. The truck finished and performed admirably among all the modified vehicles, and the lights provided ample visibility. Very cool to see a stock RTR finish an event like this with no issue. Those new 1.9 T/A tires really are the hotness.

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The other truck that raised a few eyebrows was a Gmade Sawback. I’ve made it no secret that I really enjoy mine, but when my friend Matt decided to G6 his I figured he was nuts. His F150 bodied Sawback finished both stages with not a single breakdown. Considering this was a leaf spring truck competing against (mostly) four linked performance vehicles I’d say that’s impressive. The kit has developed a strong cult-like fan base and it’s easy to see why. It’s a vehicle that punches above it’s weight class.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to cleaning up my filthy mud truck. Have a great weekend!

For more scale news here on Big Squid you can hit this link.

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.