Remember when I used to have an Radio Controlled truck called the Traxxas Summit?
I sold that! The reason being is I wanted to build a kit.
So, from the bounty I got from selling my Summit, I got this:
It’s the Axial SCX10 Honcho Kit, made by Axial, one of the most popular Radio Controlled Scale Truck manufacturer. I chose it over a Tamiya kit because it is one of the most popular scale rig out there, so much customizability available!
Here is the box:
This kit would be needing a number of items to be able to get running. Here’s a list of the items that are required to complete the kit:
- A Radio Transmitter.
- Steering Servo.
- Electronic Speed Controller (ESC).
Herewith is what I used in mine:
Here is what I got for the Radio Transmitter. It is the Spektrum DX3E 3-Channel 2.4 GHz DSM Radio System. It comes with a receiver and a steering servo. It is one of the most affordable yet capable and popular radio transmitter in the market today, especially for a beginner like me:
Here is the battery that I went with. It is a 6-cell, 4200Mah Nickel Metal Hydride battery (NiMh):
For the motor I went with something really popular and capable with the RC scale rig crawler crowd, the TEKIN Hand Wound 35Turn Electric Motor. This is not a very fast motor, but being a 35 turn one, it provides a lot of torque at low, crawling speed:
I paired that with one of the best electronic speed controller out there, the TEKIN FXR. This baby is super smooth and has what’s called “drag brake”, a feature that actually mimics braking, very handy when the truck is going downhill:
For a steering servo, I am using my Traxxas 2075 High Torque Servo. This was shipped to me by Traxxas for free, back when I thought that one of the steering servo on my Traxxas Summit was defective. I kept it as a spare, now I have good use for it:
I also got me some hex tools:
On with the build!
Here I completed the front and rear axle assembly:
Next are the drive shafts:
This is perhaps the most difficult part of the build. It was quite difficult to get that metal yoke to fit into the plastic drive shaft:
The completed oil-filled coiled spring suspension assembly:
Here it is starting to take shape. These are the axles with the links and suspension installed:
The completed transmission housing:
Steering servo installed into the front axle:
The completed ladder frame chassis:
Beadlock wheels and tires:
The complete chassis, sans motor and electronics:
The Lexan body, trimmed and getting prep for painting:
Fully painted body with two-colour paint scheme:
Front cab fully decalled:
Front cab and rear roll cage and bed married together:
The completed rolling chassis:
Motor and ESC after soldering:
Chassis with all electronics and motor installed:
Some beauty shots before I gave her a good break-in run:
I dubbed her “RED RIDING HONCHO”:
Took her out for a test run at a vacant lot where there’s a lot of dirt mounds:
Thanks for viewing!