Making a Customized SCX10 III Early Ford Bronco


I’m recent off my first journey to a scale R/C outing, and I’m nonetheless buzzing with pleasure. The celebrities lastly aligned, and I used to be capable of attend AxialFest Badlands 2022. This gathering of R/C journey fanatics didn’t disappoint, and I’ve many nice reminiscences to tide me over till subsequent yr. However this isn’t a recap of the occasion however moderately an summary of one of many rigs I drove.

When Axial first launched its SCX10 III Early Ford Bronco, my response was “ho-hum” to say the least. Sure, this rig provided a bounty of scale element, above and past any SCX10 III that had beforehand been provided, however I used to be too enamored by the Traxxas TRX-4 2021 Ford Bronco.

As my AxialFest 2022 plans started to take form, I rapidly scooped up two RR10 Bombers for my son and me to run and figured that might be that. Then, in a accident, or future, I caught one other glimpse of the Early Ford Bronco. At that second, I started seeing this car for what it might be moderately than what it was. By eradicating the inventory decals and changing them with one thing distinctive, altering up the wheels, and by making a number of efficiency tweaks, this might be a enjoyable little challenge. With out way more thought, I positioned an order for an SCX10 III EFB and commenced laying out my plans.

Deliberate Modifications:

Tuned for the Path

By the point the SCX10 III Bronco arrived, I had already ordered and acquired the SSD wheels, brass inner lock rings, and wheel hubs/brake rotors. Earlier than I wheeled the EFB into the store, I needed to take it out for a fast spin to get a really feel for a way this rig handles in inventory kind. One factor that jumped out at me was this machine’s general top and top-heaviness. The inventory physique encompasses a full inside, roll cage, and spare tire…all issues that shift the middle of gravity upward in a less-than-desirable method. Not desirous to lose any scale element (and, in some instances wanting so as to add extra), I reached out to Professional-Line to request a set of Huge Bore Scaler Shocks. At 90mm, their shocks sit decrease than the inventory 100mm set that comes with the SCX10 III Early Ford Bronco. Whereas there are different methods to decrease the physique (and the middle of gravity), I couldn’t cross up the chance to run these shocks on one more certainly one of my path vehicles.

The SSD wheels and related equipment added a considerable quantity of low-end weight to the EFB. Wanting to maintain continuity in my scale particulars, I changed the wheel on the full-size spare tire with an 8-hole metal wheel (minus the brass internal ring). To cap off the wheels, no pun supposed, I added a set of Injora M4 Aluminum Wheel Lock Nuts so as to add extra realism to the wheels.

Shortly after the wheels had been put in, Professional-Line answered my name for gear, and I set about swapping out the inventory 100mm shocks for PL’s Huge Bore mannequin. With the heavier-than-normal weight of the physique on the prime of my thoughts, I performed round with spring and shock oil mixtures, deciding on 30w oil and Professional-Line’s stiffest (crimson band) Huge Bore Scaler Shock spring set.

A Rig with a Retro Vibe

With the efficiency items in place, I turned my consideration to the visible customizations I had deliberate. A couple of striping concepts had been floating round my head, however none had been sticking. After sketching a number of fast ideas, I began to see one thing coming collectively. A retro-inspired mix of orange, yellow and black to exchange the inventory blue and silver decals that had adorned my white-bodied Bronco.

These concepts turned a lot clearer from sketchbook to laptop, and I quickly discovered myself firing up the Silhouette vinyl cutter and operating by sheets of vinyl. Enjoying off the retro theme of this rig, I discovered an motion determine that might function a wonderful driver, R.J. MacReady from The Factor. With these particulars sorted, I used to be in a race towards the clock to complete this machine up earlier than the beginning of AxialFest Badlands.

Since time was of the essence (and the decal utility course of took a bit longer than anticipated), I opted to carry off on portray the FORD grille emblem and the engine cowl particulars. These are gadgets that I’ll get round to ending ultimately, as I’ve much more plans for this rig post-event. After making use of the customized decals, I referred to as it a wrap on this iteration of my Badlands Bronco.

Precise Modifications:

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Submit-Occasion Rig Recap

As soon as it hit the path at AxialFest Badlands 2022, this rig was a blast to drive. The paths at this yr’s occasion proved fairly difficult, however the SCX10 III Early Ford Bronco proved to be as much as the duty of dealing with most of them. After all the pieces was mentioned and completed, I’m pleased I took one other take a look at this mannequin. I’m trying ahead to creating a number of extra changes to this machine and heading out for much more adventures, together with future AxialFest occasions.



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