Axial SCX-10 RTR - Deadbolt and Falken Edition Review

Review by Adrian Apodaca, RealRCReviews Owner

Equipment Used:

Axial SCX10 Falken Edition

Axial SCX10 Deadbolt Edition

2s 5000mah 35c Lipo batteries

Spektrum DX4S Radios

Pros:

- Fun as heck

- Scale looks

- Durable parts

- TONS of aftermarket parts

- Good price point

- Nice solid 2.4ghz transmitter

Cons:

- Comes with Tamiya plug

- Nice tires, but glues on, not beadlock

- Some parts flex too much

Summary:

If you are a hard core scaler, well into the hobby, or an expert on RC specs, scale specs, and what all the numbers, measurements, terms mean, then this review will likely be of zero benefit to you.  On the surface side of RC, I am generally a basher, however, I don't like to box myself into categories.  Aside from my basher trucks, I do have a buggy (don't race it), I do have a touring car (don't race it), and I have a few crawlers, but I do not compete, nor do I do trail runs in the traditional sense.  If you are like me, just a guy/gal who likes variety in their RC collection, and you keep hearing those letters/numbers SCX10 and you want to see what it's all about, continue reading.

 

When I first got into RC about 4 years ago, I was surprised that not many of the more popular trucks were very scale looking.  Very few licensed bodies, very few realistic features.  I had heard about crawlers, but when I would ask about them, my friends always told me they were too slow and that I wouldn't like them.  As I saw the popularity of Axial surging, I started giving their models a closer look.  What I was pleased to find was a nice variety of realistic looking rigs.  After talking to the guys at my hobby shop, they started showing me their latest builds, and pictures and video of rigs belonging to their friends.  That's when I realized, when you buy a scaler/crawler, you are pretty much buying a membership card to a whole different culture of RC car enthusiasts.  Again, if you are on the fringes like me, you can limit how far you take things, but if you want to go gung-ho, there is an entire world out there waiting for you to dive in.

 

That said, lets get to the actual trucks.  I hadn't built a kit when I decided to buy, so I decided to go the RTR route.  I love enjoying my hobby with my 8 year old son, so we went together and I picked the Falken, and he picked the Deadbolt.  We drove back home, ripped open the boxes, and marveled at the detail of these two rigs.  I have never liked the Tamiya plugs so I immediately snipped them off and soldered Traxxas connectors.  The included transmitters are nice for coming with the RTR, but we prefer to use our multimodel, multichannel transmitter... so after switching out receivers, it was now game time.

 

My son and I usually go outside and enjoy high speed driving, with bouncing, jumping, peeling out and all the craziness us basher usually enjoy.  With 2s lipos, these guys top out at about 10mph and with 3s, hit maybe about 14 or so.  BUT, it didn't matter... not to me, or my speed-loving son.  It was such a zen experience to drive slowly and quietly around the neighborhood, walk through the woods, and kinda just make believe we were sitting in our respective rigs challenging ourselves with the next big root, rock or bump.  I was totally into it and very happy that my son also enjoyed the different experience.  It is a nice change of pace and a great new direction for driving.

 

As for the particulars of the SCX10, you will see as you are browsing through them that they have a few different specs.  These two models have the latest electronics and nicer tires from what I have read.  The metal frame is nice and solid, and even though the tires are glued onto the wheels, they are great tires for getting you started.  If you do some research on these vehicles, you will likely find some forums or facebook pages dedicated to the SCX10.  Some of the complaints you may hear are that the motor/esc are worthless, and that most of the plastic parts need to be replaced, just to get going.  As an honest reviewer, dad, weekend basher, consumer on a budget, I have to refute these claims totally and wholly.  When you upgrade parts on these trucks, it is generally because you want to add more realism, add bling and fortify the already solid build.  Yes, some of the parts flex, especially the links, but what they don't do is break.  The motor/esc, those are fine too, decent wheel speed on 3s, still fun on 2s, and great low end for actually rock crawling and climbing.  If you want to get more into refining the driving characteristic, you can mess with weight distribution and center of gravity by using the included parts to move the battery up front.  So that's my angle from the average Joe perspective.

 

Now, if you want to sink over $1000 bucks into a rig, you can definitely do that.  There are more after market parts for these rigs than I could ever have imagined.  Large companies, small companies, guys out of their basement all fabricate parts for these things.  You can buy doll sized accessories to fit into your scaler just for the sake of added realism.  You can buy Vanquish brand parts that are licensed from some of the full scale manufacturers, the options are pretty much limitless. The crawler/scaler world is truly a culture unto itself.  There are competitions that use set up obstacle courses, there are trail run competitions, and who knows what else.  This culture is not something I have time to invest in (yet), but from what I've seen, a huge amount of the rigs out there are based on the SCX10.  This is one of the greatest parts of the SCX10, whichever one you choose.  You can keep it as stock as you'd like, and not have to worry about quality, or you can hop it up to your hearts content, the choice of course, is yours.

 

Axial created a great thing with their SCX10 line of vehicles.  You absolutely cannot go wrong by picking one up.  For full specs, see the link below, and if you have any questions, please contact me at admin@realrcreviews.com