If the scaler/crawler scene is something that you’ve wanted to try out, there are many great R/C vehicles that can get you started. One of the better models/platforms is Axial’s SCX10. From RTR (ready-to-run) configurations to build-it-yourself kits, there are a wide array of body types and options that are all built around this ultra-capable vehicle.
As you may have discovered, there are plenty of options to choose from when selecting a radio-controlled vehicle. This “option overload” doesn’t stop with the SCX10 platform either, but if you’re looking to get into rock-crawler for a low dollar amount, there is one specific model that can get you up and running quickly; the SCX10 Deadbolt The beauty of the Deadbolt, in my opinion, is that it doesn’t use an officially-licenced replica body (or even an overly-complex body for that matter), so the cost is a bit lower than what you’d find with other models in Axial’s SCX10 lineup (Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon RTR, Ram Power Wagon, Trail Honcho RTR). That’s not to say that you won’t get a good-looking, if not great-looking body (something between a Ford Bronco and an International Harvester Scout), you just won’t have a body that’s spot-on with a 1:1 vehicle that you’d see on the road.
Along with the body, some of the chassis components are plastic and there are some cosmetic items that are excluded (rear bumper), which again, saves on cost to you. Speaking of cost, the Deadbolt retails for $299.99 which, in some cases, is significantly less than other SCX10 varients. This is where you can start to have fun by upgrading your machine and turning it into a custom ride that’s “all you”. Thankfully, there are a number of options and methods you can use when modifying your SCX10 Deadbolt.
Harley Design’s SCX10 Deadbolt Budget Build
YouTube scaler “guru”, Harley Designs has been putting together a series of videos for a “Deadbolt Budget Build”. While his goal isn’t to build the cheapest rig possible, he does set himself to a weekly dollar amount when purcasing his upgrades.
2RCProduction’s Axial Deadbolt Upgrades
Rich from 2RCProductions has been showing off his Deadbolt in a series of YouTube videos and has some nice upgrades planned for it. Along with the “usual” modifications such as LED lights, he is paying close attention to the fine details of the wheels and the included “driver” by adding accent paint and trim to these areas.
TOJO RC’s Axial Deadbolt Upgrades
If you’re looking to go hardcore with your RTR, check out this upgrade overview video from TOJO RC. He’s not only added a functioning winch to his Deadbolt, but also has upgraded the front bumper, wheels, tires, shocks, and body.
313Crawlers’ Axial SCX10 Deadbolt “Green Menace” Upgrade Project
With a name like “Green Menace”, you know you’re in for a great project build/upgrade.
Kevin Millard’s SCX10 Deadbolt Upgrades
Kevin has a variety of R/C vehicles and one of his latest is the Deadbolt. He’s another great person to follow to learn the ins and outs of not only upgrading these vehicles, but the basics behind each model as well.
Do you have an upgrade or modification for the Deadbolt that wasn’t covered in one of the videos above? Feel free to share your project in the comments section (below).