Build The Perfect Kit

By AR on Mar 06, 2013

The availability of ready-to-run products has had an incredibly positive impact on the RC hobby. Those looking to get into RC can do so quickly and easily thanks to preassembled vehicles such as the Honcho, Wraith, Ridgecrest and others. There is no denying that RTR vehicles have their place in this hobby. Axial, however, knows many enthusiasts want to experience building their own models. These are, after all, RC models. And, models and building go hand and hand.

As any carpenter can tell you, having the right tools can make all the difference. You do not need an entire tool kit or expensive collection to build an Axial kit as Axial includes the basics with its kits. Investing in quality tools is just that, an investment. To make assemble and maintenance go a lot faster and be a lot easier, hex drivers are highly recommended. Not only do hex drivers make the work easier, but they last significantly longer (and the tips are replaceable on brands such as Axial’s and Duratrax) and hex drivers are far less likely to strip out hex screws. Buying a complete set of hex drivers such as Axial’s metric set (includes five drivers) will get you all of the drivers you’re likely to ever need. If you want to buy the wrenches one at a time, start with a 2 mm, followed the by 1.5 mm and 2.5 mm drivers.

AX20008 Axial Metric Hex Driver Set

Since a majority of the parts you have to assemble on RC kit come attached to a molded plastic parts tree, another valuable tool is a plastic cutter. Hobbico’s Diagonal Cutter costs only about $10. These small cutters allow you to trim parts flush from the parts tree without cutting too deep or leaving jagged nubs on the parts.

Hobbico Diagonal Cutter HCAR0630

The L-shaped hex wrenches included in your kit are designed to get you started if needed. Do not replace them withsimilar tools found at hardware stores or discount tool stores.

Do not use any sort of power tools to assemble your kit. Over tightening screws can strip out parts and ruin them. Using hand tools allows you to feel how tight you’re getting screws and bolts. Power tools, even ones with clutches, often spin with too much force. They also remove your ability to feel when hardware is properly tightened.

Many an RC vehicles has been assembled at the kitchen table. That works, but an even better idea is to get a workspace that can be left undisturbed for the duration of the build. The more space you have the better. Also make sure you have plenty of light.

The best way to keep a build organized is to use small paper bowels for the different parts bags. Even better—but not a necessity—a trip to a discount parts store can get you a selection of magnetized metal trays in a variety of sizes.

> Have a dedicated place to build
> Make sure you have plenty of light
> Read the instructions before you start
> Reread each step before starting
> Take your time
> Make sure parts are trimmed flush
> Do not over tighten parts


  1. Default_avatar Josh Posted on 2013-03-06 11:31:58

    This just makes me want one even more. I wish I could buy myself one of these!

  2. Default_avatar HeyMike_s Posted on 2013-03-06 13:51:46

    This IMO is what the hobby needs more of. KITS!!!! I’m getting so tired of trying to sell off, crappy RTR radios and ESC’s. So glad Axial keeps producing both versions of their vehicles.

  3. Default_avatar kelli Posted on 2013-03-06 18:01:18

    Built my first rc ever not to long ago. I build the Dingo it was awesome!

  4. Default_avatar Charlie Posted on 2013-03-07 10:30:26

    The kits are what brought me to Axial! I just recently came back to the hobby after a 25 or so year absence and was very disappointed at how few kits are available. Building a Tamiya Fast Attack Vehicle from a kit with my dad and my brother is a fond childhood memory of mine and now I recently built a Wraith from a kit with my two sons! I’m already planning the next one! On that note can you comment on when we might see a kit version of the Ridgecrest?

  5. Default_avatar toby Posted on 2013-03-07 19:20:35

    just picked up my scx10 ki. been working on it for 5 hours and almist done with the rolling chassis. body can wait till tomorrow. awesome kitt today.

  6. Default_avatar Davi Posted on 2013-03-12 08:26:25

    Hi hi i have a axial scx10 whats is the best batery

  7. Default_avatar Troy Posted on 2013-03-19 11:26:29

    Thanks for continuing to produce kits! I think it should remain a big part of the hobby, building kits is so much fun. RTRs are fine for some, but I dislike when it’s the only thing available.

    Here’s a cheap, simple tip for your workspace: Pick up a white or light coloured bath or hand towel from a dollar or discount store and use it as a work mat. Small pieces won’t roll away or even bounce much when dropped on it, and stay in place if you sort them into piles. also gives you a convenient place to wipe some extra grease, threadlocker, etc and you don’t really care if it’s getting dirty since it’s from the dollar store…

  8. Default_avatar Axial Posted on 2013-03-26 10:02:57

    We have had great luck with the 5000mah 2s Lipo packs from Onyx. Check Tower Hobbies for the full Onyx battery line-up.

  9. Default_avatar Axial Posted on 2013-03-26 10:05:03

    Glad to hear you and your boys are enjoying our products, great bonding activity! Unfortunately, there are no plans for a kit version of the Ridgecrest at this time.

  10. Default_avatar CTXRebelsMarty Posted on 2013-03-28 10:21:50

    My first build was a Tamiya blackfoot when I was in jr. high school MANY years ago. I just recently purchased the EXO Terra kit and am finding my self transitioning from traxxas products to axial. Great work on the JK guys!

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