Winter sure does put a damper on the outdoor RC fun for us here in Idaho, but sometimes it just takes a trip to lower elevation to get out of the snow! Finally got to put some trail time on the UMG10 build and I gotta say, this is a great rig and has become my favorite Axial vehicle to date. I love the body, the tires are perfect style and size and all the upgrades brought it together.
Hope everybody had a great holiday season and Happy New Year! It’s 2020 now, wow. The Pro-MT was a lot of fun over break, it thrashes the snow and is definitely a GREAT option for bashing! The 2300KV ROC412 HD on 4S provides plenty of bash power and should get us speeds up into the 40’s with the stock gearing. Having a full setup of Element Proof products let us play in the snow for hours over break with absolutely no issues!
A new truck showed up at the shop and I just couldn’t wait to get it thrown together for some Christmas Break bashing! The Pro-Line PRO-MT 4×4 is a 1:10 4WD Monster Truck from Pro-Line Racing. Based on the Pro-Fusion SC, the MT Pre-Built Roller has a slightly shorter wheelbase, monster truck style Sentinel pickup body and 2.8″ wheels premounted with Badlands MX tires. All you need to do is install your electronics, bolt the wheels and tires on and paint the body! Ours is the Special Edition with the Ambush body and Trail Cage.
Trucking along with the Axial SCX10-II UMG10 build! This week we build shocks, suspension links, install the axles and assemble the Vanquish wheels and MT45 tires! We also install our T-360 Servo, BXR Element Proof ESC, solder it all up and finish off with a Spektrum SR315 and DX5C radio! It’s a functional runner now, all that is left is to put the custom touch on the body and take it out for a drive!
New month, new build! The Axial SCX10 platform has been the standard in scale crawling for over a decade. The potential to create whatever you are dreaming of is basically unlimited! The UMG10 is a kit version of the SCX10-II platform and heavily resembles the ever-popular Unimog from Mercedes Benz. This 1/10 scale kit gives builders a very nice platform to start with and from there create whatever they desire.
We are starting out our build by assembling axles and to give our truck an edge we are building the axles completely from aftermarket parts! Beef Tube AR44 housings provide 50g of weight and added strength to the axle tubes, Vanquish 6-bolt locker and gears beef up the inside, Vanquish shock/link mounts on the outside and RC4WD portal assemblies to top off our “Unimog” axles. We are also building our transmission and chassis, preparing our UMG10 for shocks, suspension links and axles to be mounted up. Next episode will cover electronics installation, mounting up wheels and tires and setting up the suspension!
The final Street Eliminator episode….for this year! I swapped out our Pro2 5800kV mill for a GEN3 4.5T motor and started chasing more top speed. Since it’s so cold out and our road isn’t much in the way of traction, I decided to focus on getting the car to launch in better conditions and instead see how fast this car can go. I have to say I’m very happy with the speeds I am getting out of the 4.5T!
After slowly working my way up the ladder from the initial 44mph the Pro2 ran at stock ESC settings, I have now reached 72mph with the 4.5T, proper gearing and some tuning. I tuned the RS Pro with a HotWire 3.0 from my phone and I also kept track of each run with our Data Logging. This was key in seeing how far I could push my setup and in the end, we ended up going FASTER and keeping everything COOLER. Win-win right there! I still want to see if I can get more out of it.
Finally got some nice weather in this weird fall season we have had so far, so I took the Pro-2 Eliminator outside and grabbed a handful of throttle! I only have about 30 minutes of drive time on this car so far and I still have a lot of tuning to do to make it launch straight and consistent, but the cold temperatures are definitely making my job a lot harder. After some not-so-successful test hits, I made some changes to the suspension and got the car to launch straight, although I don’t think it’s very fast due to wheel spin. I still need a sway bar and I’ll figure something out sooner or later! Looking forward to more tuning in warm weather for sure, but there is at least still something we can do with it until then; top speed.
Street Outlaws, Eliminators or No-Prep cars are becoming more and more popular these days so I decided to jump into the unknown and put a car together. Drag racing is one form of RC I really have no experience with, so when I started seeing bodies, wheels and tires coming out for this class of car I knew I needed to build one. With a little research and chatting with some pro racers about these cars, I put a parts list together and started the build.
The K-55 was a huge project that we worked on for months. After the first build, the M-55, we were anxious to begin on a new bigger, more feature-packed custom build. Using some of the best parts in the industry, we created a 3D-printed 1/10 Rally Truck like you’d see charging through the deserts in the Dakar Rally or the Russian highlands of the Silk Way Rally. It’s big, it’s bad and it backs up its awesome looks with awesome performance. Just like the full size, it takes a beating and keeps on trucking.