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Old 12-06-2018, 02:03 PM   #1
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Ramblings on the Book of Faces about changes at Axial? I've read ramblings of the Jeff Johns (President/founder of Axial) walked away. Other rumors, as they always do, indicate worse.

Does anybody have the real story?
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:09 PM   #2
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I don't know sh!t but from social media I have picked up that Shultz and Coonce left Axial throughout 2018.

Edit: Also Rodney left in late 2017 -ish...
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:11 PM   #3
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I don't know sh!t but from social media I have picked up that Shultz and Coonce left Axial throughout 2018.

Edit: Also Rodney left in late 2017 -ish...
Isn't Coonce at Vanquish?
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:13 PM   #4
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Isn't Coonce at Vanquish?
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:28 PM   #5
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Interesting... I hope they're able to turn the Axial brand around. I'd like to see it rebound and I'd hate to see it go away.

Maybe start designing some new trucks with Vaterra plastic.
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:33 PM   #6
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Just found this by searching "Axial" on Facebook.

Is there something else I should know about this guy? Even if he is one of the founders which is what I read, companies flourish without them. So it looks like everybody is claiming Axial is done because of one guy leaving. If so, typical jumping off of a bridge by Facebook type peoples.

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Old 12-06-2018, 02:36 PM   #7
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I wouldn't be surprised if this was one of those buyout after staying on for a transition period type deals from the Horizon Hobby purchase.
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:40 PM   #8
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Axial will live forever in the aftermarket no matter what the brand dose im sure i would hope they would regroup under a new brand if axial goes by the way side
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:49 PM   #9
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I haven't had an Axial rig in the the last four years but I've had 5 or 6 first gen SCX10's and liked them alot, I have no experience with the 2nd gen but from what I'm hearing from some different people is that the quality just isn't what it once was, is this the case? It would be a shame to see a company that was a leader go by the wayside due to lower quality.
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Old 12-06-2018, 03:07 PM   #10
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I don't know sh!t but from social media I have picked up that Shultz and Coonce left Axial throughout 2018.

Edit: Also Rodney left in late 2017 -ish...
Yeah I left in Q2 2017.

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Isn't Coonce at Vanquish?
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Axial will be fine. I wish the best to Jeff in his future, it was quite the ride being a part of the Axial team for 8 years. I do hate to see the original team splitting up.
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Old 12-06-2018, 03:08 PM   #11
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I haven't had an Axial rig in the the last four years but I've had 5 or 6 first gen SCX10's and liked them alot, I have no experience with the 2nd gen but from what I'm hearing from some different people is that the quality just isn't what it once was, is this the case? It would be a shame to see a company that was a leader go by the wayside due to lower quality.
I personally would not purchase another Axial. I've owned first gen scx10's, scx10.2's, Yeti's, Bombers, Yeti JR :(, and the illusive exo-terra.

While I would hate the thought of axial going away, their product started out mediocre and have went downhill quickly over the years.. (no pun intended). Between their quality issues, lack of new designs, and the other big names getting into the scene, it has got to be killing Axial in terms of turning any type of profit.

To me, the only thing that kept the brand alive as long as it has is the aftermarket support. The aftermarket parts market for axial trucks is one of the best in the business. My favorite part of getting a new axial was removing the stock poor quality parts and replacing it with the endless options on the market.

I also feel that RC enthusiasts in general are tired of dropping 3, 4, 500$ for a new rig, only to just turn around and spend another few hundred fixing all the weak spots. This is especially problematic for newcomers into the hobby... Drop 350$ on a new RTR, electronics fizzle out in a week, spend another hundred getting it running again, and then the next weak spot quits...

My 2 cents.... I don't like to see companies go under, but it honestly would not surprise me.

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Old 12-06-2018, 03:20 PM   #12
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I personally would not purchase another Axial. I've owned first gen scx10's, scx10.2's, Yeti's, Bombers, Yeti JR :(, and the illusive exo-terra.

While I would hate the thought of axial going away, their product started out mediocre and have went downhill quickly over the years.. (no pun intended). Between their quality issues, lack of new designs, and the other big names getting into the scene, it has got to be killing Axial in terms of turning any type of profit.

To me, the only thing that kept the brand alive as long as it has is the aftermarket support. The aftermarket parts market for axial trucks is one of the best in the business. My favorite part of getting a new axial was removing the stock poor quality parts and replacing it with the endless options on the market.

I also feel that RC enthusiasts in general are tired of dropping 3, 4, 500$ for a new rig, only to just turn around and spend another few hundred fixing all the weak spots. This is especially problematic for newcomers into the hobby... Drop 350$ on a new RTR, electronics fizzle out in a week, spend another hundred getting it running again, and then the next weak spot quits...

My 2 cents.... I don't like to see companies go under, but it honestly would not surprise me.


Stop buying rtr junk. No manufacturers make anything I personally like out of the box so I don't waste my time and money. I buy parts and build what I want and I'm satisfied.
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Stop buying rtr junk. No manufacturers make anything I personally like out of the box so I don't waste my time and money. I buy parts and build what I want and I'm satisfied.
"RTR Junk" is what keeps companies in business....

I upgrade every vehicle I get with aftermarket parts, but that wont keep the lights on and doors open at the original manufacturer...
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Old 12-06-2018, 03:38 PM   #14
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"RTR Junk" is what keeps companies in business....

I upgrade every vehicle I get with aftermarket parts, but that wont keep the lights on and doors open at the original manufacturer...
You're more benevolent than I. 90% of my stuff is aftermarket, never bought a single rtr or new rig ever.
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You're more benevolent than I. 90% of my stuff is aftermarket, never bought a single rtr or new rig ever.
I rarely ever buy "Brand New", especially full RTR vehicles... That's just silly. The only new items I buy are electronics, tires/wheels, and lipo's.

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Old 12-06-2018, 04:29 PM   #16
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I read this and now my VS4 makes more sense than ever. Only upgrade Iíve added is a dig ant put shock limiting straps on as I run it in droop.
No extras needed, it was a kit so I guess thatís why it is so good. Not one Axial part, but most are direct copyís with improvements


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I read this and now my VS4 makes more sense than ever. Only upgrade Iíve added is a dig ant put shock limiting straps on as I run it in droop.
No extras needed, it was a kit so I guess thatís why it is so good. Not one Axial part, but most are direct copyís with improvements


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Am I reading this right? The kit is 900 bucks!!!!!?


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Am I reading this right? The kit is 900 bucks!!!!!?
Look at the truck before you get too excited about the price, you get lot of aluminum and good parts in it.
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Look at the truck before you get too excited about the price, you get lot of aluminum and good parts in it.


To each their own. No doubt.

But 900 dollars just for a 1/10 kit? Iím dying.


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I was pretty happy when my new Axial Blazer came in the mail until I noticed the body alignment looked... off. Took off the body and saw this lol. Wow. Brutal materials!

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