I love Brown Santa,he/she always brings me things right when tracking info says he/she will,and it’s almost never anything bad,LOL! Usually,UPS doesn’t get here until around or just after 8PM when they deliver,but the past couple of weeks they’ve been getting here mid day (the Wife had ordered some things recently…it isn’t always me ordering new stuffs :P ). Anyways,just before a visit from good friend Josh (who just finished Basic Training and AIT last week,this same friend whose wedding I’m in 8 or 9 days) who was in full BTU (camo uniform ;) ) after having been to see his new C.O.*
Anyways,a few pics…
I was a bit surprised with the stock body. By that I mean,surprised how much I actually like it in person. See,pics and videos of SCX10 Trail Honcho’s running stock bodies are ALL OVER the internet (in RC circles,I mean :P ) and one tends to grow jaded to seeing so many of the same things over and over for a couple of years,so (as you know) I was expecting to not like it so much,and to replace it with something else. It looks to my eye much better in person than what I was expecting though….I may just keep and run it for a while (I’ve certainly gotten my money’s worth on the stock body on my other SCX10,the ’12 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited seen in the back ground behind the Honcho).
I won’t be running it for a few days,so there’s no/won’t be any action shots yet. I was very fortunate with my other SCX10 (lets just call them Jeep Rubi and Honcho to keep confusion down,LOL) in that when I didn’t give it a “once-over” when fresh from the box and everything worked fine,as it should,and everything was set properly from the factory. Not that I have reason to or expect less from Axial with this new Honcho,but it’s always a wise idea to do a basic tear-down,check,tighten,adjust and lube everything before first run**. It’s also a good opportunity to make any changes or water-proofing while you’re at it (for eg: what better time to yank both axles and pull them apart to fill full of marine grease than when you’ve just yanked them to add any-type of lube because you know most manufacturers skimp on anything resembling lube during initial assembly?). I may make a few alterations while at it too,like modifying the rock rails (those are the “running boards/steps” underneath it’s “doors” for those that don’t know) to sit a bit higher/closer to the body for better clearance,and I will probably relocate the battery tray to the front of the chassis for better weight distribution before it’s first run as well (I still need to do this on the Jeep Rubi,over a year later,hahaha!).
Anyways,I’m well pleased with it,even more so than I expected to be in some respects (the body). I’ll leave you with a few pics of it with the wheels/tires I will be running on it. These are Axial beadlock 8 hole wheels (amazingly similar to “Soft 8″ wheels for real trucks,which aren’t beadlocks) wrapped in Pro-Line TSL Super Swamper tires,which only have 1 run on them (as seen in the last pic of the Jeep Rubi-I didn’t like them so much on the Jeep Rubi,they seemed a bit too small for scale to my eye,though are the same 1.9 standard).
*Was great to see him and catch up a bit :D
**I personally know someone who doesn’t do this,and wasn’t so fortunate with his one Jeep Rubi RTR,as his pinion and spur gear weren’t properly adjusted/meshed together,which quickly stripped his plastic spur gear. I very inexpensive fix true,but 2-3 miles into a remote trail away from your ride makes it a very annoying fix too ;)