Review: Axial Trail Honcho

Review: Axial SCX10 Trail Honcho

Axial has placed itself as one of the leading companies in rock crawling. Just recently they released the SCX10 Trail Truck kit, a crawler aimed at the scale rock crawling audience. The immediate success of that truck was all that was needed to push forward to the next iteration of the SCX10, the TR, or Trail Ready. The SCX10-TR is a Ready-To-Run version that includes everything you need to ‘Blaze Your Own Trails’ (except for a 6-cell battery and AA’s). Two versions of this truck exist, one with a silver Dingo body and one with a green Trail Honcho body. I think the Dingo is a little to urban for my tastes, so I’m glad to be able to test out the Honcho. Plus, the name sounds way more manly. So join me as I give the ol’ Honcho a work out on several different terrains to see how she fares.

WHO IT’S FOR Anyone who wants to get into scale crawling
PART NO. AX90016

• The SCX10-TR Trail Honcho comes fully assembled. Install your battery, plug it in and you’re ready to rock, umm, so to speak.

• The body is gorgeous! I totally dig the molded diamond-plate bed with fuel tank and the spare tire holder. The molded cage makes the body feel tough as nails!

• While the front bumper may only be molded plastic tubing, the skid plates are all aluminum. A cool set of offroad lights light the way up front, and a set of brake lights shine out the rear. Optional light buckets are also included should you want to customize your Honcho right from the start.

• The steel C-channel frame provides the Honcho with a rigid platform, and multiple cross-bracing makes sure there is no twisting while out on the rocks. Plastic rock sliders on both sides of the truck reduce body damage and help the Honcho slide over obstacles.

• The sealed electronics box has been relocated further forward than it was on previous SCX10-TR models. This helps move weight forward for better crawling characteristics. In addition, the box helps keep dirt and debris out of the electronics, however it is not waterproof. Watch the depth of those ‘scale-rivers’ before trying to cross them.

• The transmission is centrally placed as low in the chassis as possible to keep a low Center of Gravity. This same transmission is used in some of their higher-end competition vehicles so you know it’s durable. The attached motor plate accepts brushed or brushless motors and allows for a wide range of gearing options. A slipper clutch has been added to help save the transmission and gears should you get yourself into a bad predicament.

• Axial has included hardened steel shafts and a hi-tolerance sintered diff lock in both the front and rear axles. This should help prevent any durability issues while out on the trails.

• Oil-filled coil-over threaded shocks are included and are wrapped with a dual-stage spring setup. Axial sells a complete line of option springs that allow you to fine tune the suspension for any type of terrain.

• Proline Flat Iron tires are mounted on Axial’s tried-and true 8-hole bead lock wheels. These wheels look great and have a realistic center hub that covers the wheelnut. Optional bead lock rings (in different colors) are available from Axial.

• The Honcho comes with a 27-turn brushed motor and ESC with forward and reverse action. The 2-channel transmitter uses 27mhz and includes throttle reversing and trims.

• The Axial Honcho comes with a bag of spare parts and a pair of gate markers. You can set up the gate markers to practice some difficult maneuvers before competition time.

Reedy, Distributed by Team Associated,

To read the entire review including the performance section, be sure to pick up the July 2010 issue of RC Driver Magazine!

About Tony Phalen

Tony Phalen - As an avid RC enthusiast, Tony has been building, bashing and racing RC Cars for over 25 years. He has raced everything from 1:18th scale trucks to 1:5 scale motorcycles and everything in-between. He's also worked on both sides of the industry fence; working at and with many major manufacturers (as well as being a sponsored driver) to working for a high-profile industry magazine. During this time he has learned many tricks, tips and techniques and has transferred that knowledge to CompetitionX - the most informative RC website on the internet! More articles by Tony Phalen

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