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Take to the Rocks With a Scale Version of Bomber Fabrication’s Rock Racer

Posted in News on March 23, 2017 Comment (0)
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Building scale radio control vehicles is quite popular in the off-road truck R/C hobby. From scalers full of tow ropes and roof racks to replicas of people’s own full size off-roaders, we have seen hundreds of cool rigs out crawling over rocks or ripping across the desert since we’ve been enjoying this hobby ourselves.

One company known for its off-road product line is Axial Racing (axialracing.com). Axial’s crawlers, rock racers, off-road trucks, and more are highly sought after and respected in the R/C community. The company’s line of vehicles includes licensed Jeep and Dodge brands as well as licensed accessories from such companies as Poison Spyder, Rigid, BFGoodrich, Method, Walker Evans, and many others.

Straight out of the box the RR10 Bomber is ready to go. Nothing to assemble or adjust. A battery and battery charger (sold separately) are required, but once you charge up your battery and drop it in under the hood, you’re good to go.

Released last year to much fanfare was Axial’s first foray into a fully licensed scale vehicle of an off-road rock racer, the RR10 Bomber. The Wraith, designed with a plastic tube-frame look popular with the off-road crowd, was already a hit, but the RR10 Bomber kicked it up a notch—hell, several notches! Working with two-time King of the Hammers winner Randy Slawson of Bomber Fabrication (bomberfab.com), Axial set out to create an accurate replica using input from Slawson, and they hit the bullseye! The RR10 Bomber features a scale replica tube chassis design with Bomber Fabrication body panels and graphics to look just like Slawson’s winning rock racer.

The fun doesn’t stop at the looks. Axial is always on point to ensure that its rigs perform as good as they look. Under the body panels you will find Axial’s 35-turn brushed motor and waterproof electronics for go-anywhere fun. The suspension is made up of multilink front and rear arms swinging Axial’s AR60 axles. Damping is by licensed scale King aluminum adjustable shocks. Rolling stock consists of Walker Evans wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2 tires. The chassis is even set up with multiple shock mounting locations for chassis tuning or dual-shock setups front and rear.

This straight-on view of the front shows the driver and passenger figures that are included. Axial even throws in optional helmets for some cool custom looks.

While the RR10 Bomber has been out for just over a year (and a kit version is now available if you like building your own rig), the truck is highly sought after for its all-around capabilities. From crawling and mudding to flat-out racing, RR10 Bombers are everywhere. We wanted to get our hands on one and show you a bit more detail. Take in the photos and captions here, and go see this bad boy in person at your local hobby shop! We know you’ll be taking one home, just like we did!

Out back is this fully functional spare wheel and tire. If you cut a tire or damage a wheel out on the trail, your day of fun won’t be over—simply grab the spare and keep on rockin’!
The wheel and tire package is spot on for the RR10 Bomber in its stock, out-of-the-box setup. The BFGs have plenty of grip over rocks, just like their life-sized counterparts, and the Walker Evans wheels are a staple in the off-road community.
Included with the RR10 Bomber is a fully illustrated manual (no downloading from the manufacturer’s site and printing your own like some products), a Tactic transmitter (AA batteries not included), and a bag of accessories, tools, and other small bits.
The RR10 Bomber features a brushed motor out of the box. The brushed motor keeps costs down and does a nice job of getting the rig over rocks and other obstacles. However, if you’re more into rock racing than crawling, you can upgrade to Axial’s brushless Vanguard system. Using a brushless motor and compatible speed control offers more speed over the included brushed motor.
The suspension links on the RR10 Bomber are plastic and do have some flex in them. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as inexperienced drivers can wreak havoc on a truck like this. The flexible suspension is more forgiving. That said, once you’ve got your skills down, beefing up the suspension with aluminum links will make your crawling that much more accurate.
The included King aluminum shocks look the part with their famous blue shock caps and adjustment collars. If you’re looking for a bit more scale realism, Axial offers these aluminum versions to replace the factory plastic parts. They even have the King logo for that perfect scale look!
Axial offers a plethora of aluminum bits for the RR10 Bomber, from beauty bits like differential covers to functional pieces like steering knuckles (shown here) and more. You can upgrade your rig to handle any trail you want to toss it down.

Sources

Axial
Irvine, CA 92618
877-642-9425
http://www.axialracing.com

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