axial scx10ii ford f100 review

Axial SCX10ii F-100 RTR Review

Axial’s first Ford official licensed crawler based on the 1955 Ford F-100 truck. It is sitting upon their SCX10II 4×4 chassis, a steel c-channel frame rail chassis providing reinforced and rigidity. Sitting upon officially licensed1.9” method hole wheels and officially licensed Maxxis Trepador tires. The whole package stays true to its Ford F-100 roots. The chassis is also armed with 4-link rear suspension made out of steel for better durability. The package is ready to run with only a battery and charger needed to make it operational.

The thing which makes this offering exciting is the 4-piece bed, which makes it a more elaborate design. The rear fenders can be taken off to give is rugged look, reminiscent of the trucks of olden days. The body also has a hinged design, which gives easy access to the internal components. Which also comes in handy while installing the battery pack. The body is 1/10 scale and is as close as possible to the original truck. A rear cage is added to the bed for structural rigidity of the body. Front and rear bumpers are molded with composite plastic to make a tubular design. The front is armed with a metal skid plate which protects the components from shocks and impact on the rocks. Two white led lights are pre-installed in the front.

axial scx10ii f100 4-piece bed

Wheels & Tires

Officially licensed METHOD Hole Wheels offer durability and clean looks. The Hole features a simulated beadlock ring using a strategically placed under-cut on the wheel’s outer lip. The officially licensed Maxxis Trepador tires with S30 compound gives great. The higher profile tire also facilitates better ground clearance and shock absorption. So when you hit the trails in your new rig you won’t need to worry about grip and durability. The whole package is light weight which sometimes makes it harder to climb steeper rocks but it is a good trade-off considering the gains in agility and speed.

Suspension

The suspension on the rig is 4-link design which reduces axle steer and torque twist. Which also aids anti-squat and roll on steep off-camber climbs. The AR44 Universal joint axles allow up to 45 degrees of steering and provide smoother action for a higher performing, efficient drivetrain. The single piece axle also has integrated truss for durability and higher ground clearance. The Adjustable Coil over with threaded shock bodies hold a single coil over spring. They are oil-filled and have variable dampening rate which can be adjusted manually. The dynamic nature of the suspension is a big advantage and you can tune it to your preference.

Steering

Just like in a full-sized truck, it has steering box located on the frame, Axial® places the servo mounting location on the chassis. The front suspension provides the correct steering geometry with virtually no bump steer. The adjustable servo mounting system allows a wide range of servos to be used, providing modifying potential for custom builders.

Drivetrain

The transmission comprises of all metal gears. The ultra-compact transmission accepts a wide range of gearing options. The overall ratio can be adjusted with the help of different pinion and spur gear choices, this makes you go both fast of the surface and while crawling as well. Three gear layout, all-metal gears, 32-pitch gearing, Heavy-duty slipper, Sealed gear cover. The dual slipper clutch design uses a pad on each side of the spur gear for increased surface area, allowing more precise tuning and holding power. All that torque and power from the transmission needs to fed to the wheels. The driveshaft used in this build is the WB8 HD WILDBOAR™. The front and rear driveshaft have an updated design with a larger diameter cross pin (2x11mm) along with an M4 Screw Shaft (2mm hex drive) for added strength. A center splined slider floats between each end and has added material to increase stiffness. Adjustable length driveline parts included in the box.

axial scx10.2 under body

Electronics

Driving all that sturdily built chassis is a 35T brushed motor with water resistance. The plug & go electric motor with an integrated cooling fan allowing for extended periods of use. Paired with the Spektrum S605 Servo offering 161 oz-in of steering torque and a metal case for strength. It’s waterproof for extra protection against the elements. Torque: 161 oz-in @ 6.0V Speed: 24 sec/60 degrees @ 6.0V. The power is handled quite efficiently by the whole package. The noise is almost absent from the experience.

The adjustable, easy-access battery tray is lower and further forward for better weight distribution and gives a more stable center of gravity. The adjustable tray can accommodate different sizes of batteries and also prevents it from coming loose while driving on rough terrain. Posts are included to better fit the battery of your choice. It can fit batteries up to 32 x 44 x 147mm (5000mAh) which can help longer running and nicely complementing long running 35T motor.

The Dynamite® AE-5L drag break is 3S LiPo capable yet easily switched “in the field” between LiPo and NiMH battery types with a simple jumper.

  • LED Light controller built-in with dual LED outputs for headlights/taillights
  • Two LED lights included (white)
  • Convenient IC3™ plug lead
  • Jumper 1 provides a simple choice between LiPo or NiMH
  • Jumper 2 switches Drag Brake settings
  • Waterproof design with IC3™ plug / laser-etched heat sink

On the connectivity front, The Axial SCX10 II comes equipped with a Spektrum SRX200 receiver. It’s a 2-channel, 2.4GHz receiver operating on FHSS (Frequency-hopping spread spectrum) modulation. It’s also equipped with waterproofing and a long antenna lead for better antenna placement.

Remote Controller

The controller is Spektrum STX2

axial scx102 spektrum stx2
  • Built-in 3-position throttle limiter
  • Steering and throttle rate and trim adjustments with throttle and steering reversing
  • FHSS 2.4GHz protocol offers extended range and interference-free performance
  • AA batteries included

The controller is built out of plastic, which might not be preferable for everyone but it does the job well.

TECH SPECS

  • Approximate Assembly Time: No assembly required
  • Ball Bearings: Full set
  • Batteries: w/EC3 connector (sold separately)
  • Battery Dimensions: 1.2 x 1.7 x 5.8″ (32 x 44 x 147mm)
  • Body: Trimmed and finished polycarbonate, vacuum formed interior
  • Brakes: Integral with electronic speed control
  • Charger: sold separately
  • Chassis: Steel C-channel
  • Completion Level: Ready-To-Run
  • Differential: Bevel Gear 30T/8T
  • Drivetrain: 4WD Shaft Drive
  • Gear Pitch: 32-Pitch
  • Ground Clearance: 3.0″ (77mm)
  • Height: 9.6″ (245mm)
  • Length: 19.25″ (489mm)
  • Motor Size: 540
  • Motor Type: Brushed
  • Pinion: 13T
  • Radio: Spektrum STX200
  • Servos: Spektrum S605 metal gear waterproof chassis mounted steering servo
  • Shock Type: Coil-over 2.5 – 3.5″ (61-90mm) plastic body
  • Size/Scale: 1/10
  • Speed Control: Dynamite AE-5L 3S LiPo capable, w/LED light controller
  • Spur Gear: 56T
  • Suspension: Solid axle front and rear, 4-link design for rear
  • Tire Compound: S30
  • Tire Diameter: 4.6″ (116.8mm)
  • Tire Tread: Maxxis Trepador
  • Track: Front and Rear, 9.1″ (230mm) distance from outer edges of wheels measured side-to-side
  • Vehicle Type: Scale 4×4 crawler
  • Water-Resistant: Yes
  • Weight: 4.5lbs (2.04kg)
  • Wheel Diameter: 1.9″ (48mm)
  • Wheel Hex Size: 12mm Hex
  • Wheel Type: Injection molded
  • Wheel Width: 1.0″ (25mm)
  • Wheelbase: 12.3″ (313mm)
  • Width: 9.5″ (241mm)
axial scx10ii f100 rtr
Facebook user Cody Brown’s custom ‘rusted’ F100 Axial SCX10ii

Verdict

The Axial SCX10 II 1955 Ford F-100 is available for a MSRP of $409.99. In Axial tradition it comes with a lot on accessories in box and have a lot of room for easy modifications. All out it’s a good ready to run crawler with a few trade-offs here and there. Like low traction on rocks due to lightness and the Radio Transmitter being made with plastic which is not the best in its class. But the flaws are outweighed by the good things in the package. The body is exquisite with a hinged design with no body clips on the outside giving it a clean look. The metal gears are a big upgrade in the Axial RTR range, which makes it durable and one of the best trucks out there in this class. Overall, we love this old school restomod vibe going on with this body and think it lends itself to great customization options to bring out your own personal style.

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