I am not a truck/short course kind of guy, but the first time I saw this beast, I knew I had to have one. I was definitely conquered by the official Axial video with a killer track from Tool (one of my favorite bands). Funnily for an american production, it hit the european market first, and I ordered it as soon as it became available from a German store.
It is built straight from the box and it was a simple and pleasant build. Beefy parts, simple transmission. My only complaints are the shocks (I'm afraid they'll leak badly when run) and the weight (but this is what it takes to make such an amazing scale looking vehicle). There is another problem that I'll mention after. Electronics are as follow: 5,5T EZrun combo, Futaba 9402 servo, and 2,4Ghz Spektrum receiver. I can't wait to run it but I had to take pictures first; hopefully, it will be run for the first time in a week.
I fitted the lexan body panels, but it was a tough decision because the car is so cool looking with only the rollcage on. But as the spur gear is not really protected, I guess it's safer to run it this way.
Regarding those body panels, I wasn't really inspired to make a nice paint job. Instead, I wanted to give it a rough look, like a lunar exploration vehicle. So a shiny finish was out of the question. And here comes a great new product; Tamiya PS-55. It's a flat clear for lexan and it seems to work really great. At least the finish is very nice, we'll see how it holds up. I also added a Tamiya driver I had laying around because the four empty seats were a little sad.
This vehicle is also a first one for me: I fitted working lights and it really is a cool feature. I know there are cheaper and simplier systems, but I treated this car with Axial NVS system. For now, I have 5 headlights, 2 brake lights and 2 blinkers. It works great but the wiring is really a pain in the ***. I could add a lot more leds but here comes the bad part.
Even though this car is really big for a 1/10 scale, it is really packed in there. With the interior fitted, everything is really a thight fit. And to me, here is the downside to a great scale looking vehicle: you can't work on anything unless you fully dismount the rollcage, and this takes a while. Even the rear shocks can't be serviced without taking it all off, as they are mounted directly on the rollcage. And the worst part: putting the rollcage back on! With all the wiring, this can really drive you insane, at least it did for me. And shall I mention battery changes? Even if the battery mounts is a very clever design, unless you have very tiny fingers, be prepared to spend some time changing your packs. But, if you are ready to get rid of the interior, these problems will be solved almost instantly. That means less protection for the transmission but much easier battery changes, esc tuning etc...
Anyway, I'll see how everything goes next week, as I'll run this Exo buggy badly!