Gmade Komodo just arrived and we took the liberty of comparing it with the most well known scale crawler on this planet; the Axial SCX 10. In this blogpost we run the newest Gmade 1/10 Scale Crawler Komodo against Axial’s most iconic SCX10 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon!
This version of the SCX10 comes rtr whereas the Komodo is currently only offered as an unbuilt kit only.
These both cars are tested without battery as there are large differences between different brands of battery manufacturers and you will get a different feel if we used a different battery to you, so we thought best to leave it out. The demo version of the Komodo we received was installed with a few option parts. However at the weigh in the Gmade Komodo weighed 2064.4 grams compared to the SCX10 Jeep Wrangler weighed 2141.8 grams. Wheelbase wise, this version of the SCX10 has a 313mm wheelbase, whereas the Komodo is a bit shorter at 287mm. Each longer and shorter has their own benefits, where longer will be more stable during climbs but a shorter wheelbase will give a more nimble car on the trails.
First off, we will start with the weight distribution. As you can see the Komdo has a more front orientated weight distribution (Front: 631g Rear: 401g) when compared to the SCX10 (Front: 516g Rear 554g), which will make climbing obstacles on the trail much easier!
Next up, probable what everyone wants to know is the amount of flex which the chassis provide. Although flex does not determine entirely how a rig performs on a trail (Factor in shock setup, tire and insert choice and weight distribution) it can be used as a good indicator of how well the chassis is as is. As you can see, the SCX10 maxes out at a height of two 1.9 Tires whereas the Komdo is able to deal with a stack of three 1.9 tires stacked up! This might have something to do with the 4-link that the Komodo comes with already whereas the SCX10 has a pseudo 4 link with a single attachment on one side instead of having a real 4 link system!
We will now compare chassis layout of both chassis’s, although it may seem similar but there are a lot of small details which define both of the cars. All photos below, the Gmade Komodo will be on the left hand side and the SCX10 will be on the right.
First up, will be the gearbox and esc/receiver mounting areas. On both rigs the layout is very similar similar with the motor located in the middle and with the receiver box in the front. However one small detail really stands out; which is the motor and transfer drive-shaft placement. On the Komodo because they place the motor on the right hand side, the drive shaft exit angle connecting to the is more straight compared to the SCX10. This will reduce the wear and tear on your drivetrain and provide a much more efficient drive train.
Also very important is the steering angle, which determines whether you can steer out of difficult situations. In this case it is evident that the SCX10 has a larger steering angle when compared to the Komdo. On our demo version, the Komdo comes with a chassis mounted steering. This mod allows for more suspension clearance and allows for a more efficient suspension system as it effectively removes weight from the suspension.
Dampers! Quite confusing due to the vast varieties of available types on the market. If the types of shocks confuse you, have a read of our Gmade Damper post which lays out the details of most damper types. On the Komodo, it comes with aluminum internal spring dampers which allows for setting up rebound by placing a spring ontop of the piston. This allows for many setup options and droop settings, however will be hard to setup as it requires a full rebuild of the dampers everytime you wish to change the settings. On the SCX10, it comes with plastic shocks with a nice decoration piggy back section which adds to the bling factor. Due to the long stroke nature of the Axial shock, it comes with a dual spring setup so you can setup the shock so that you have a possibility of a two stage hardness shock.
Obviously, both cars will come with different tires. On the Komodo, the tread pattern is more spread out which will be more suited for dirt conditions and will provide more grip on rocks. On the SCX10, the tread pattern is spaced more closely together which will be suited for trail crawling and provide less rolling resistance. Both compounds and inserts feel similar hardness, both are able to support the truck without too much sagging of the tire.
Another big deal in the Scale Crawler world is obviously how the body looks and whether it can relate to real world trucks or not. Both bodies simulate real world trucks and the SCX10 is a fully licensed Jeep Wrangler body which is a car you can get in real life! On the Komodo, is based on a modern truck however is not licensed so it does not carry a real car brand.
Check out the various details found on both bodies, the red is the Komodo whereas the Silver is the Jeep Wrangler.
On the komodo, one detail that really stands out is the one piece molded snorkel piece which is almost seen on all real life crawler vehicles. The Side guard is the perfect size, not too big once the body is on. Also included which is not seen on the SCX10 are the light buckets which are mounted inside the body with the possibility of mounting led lights in the light buckets are a real plus and very convenient without the need of purchasing optional items.
The SCX10 has a roll cage open top design which is commonly seen on real life crawler enthusiasts’ vehicles, gives a luxury real car look. Whereas on the Komodo, it is a closed top design with a very detailed roof rack included are lovely molded plastic scale items. However they are not painted and come in black.
The bumpers on both cars each have their own benefits. On the SCX10, there are tow hooks already attached with a mean looking protective piece sticking out the front. On the Komodo, the bumper lines up with the front end of the body, with light mounting positions. However the toe hook mounting place was made so attaching one is not possible. There is also a winch fairlead integrated into the bumper of the Komodo which hints of mounting a bumper inside the body, but is also black color as with all other accessories.
On the back of both bodies are separate unique features, on the SCX10 there is a spare wheel mount which lets you mount a real wheel to simulate real life situations. On the Komodo, there is a separate piece of hard plastic protective bumper with hard plastic light buckets similar to the ones seen on the front end which have holes to let you mount your own LED lights.
This concludes our comparison between the Axial SCX10 against the Gmade Komodo, as evident throughout the blogpost each car have their own benefits. Hope this comparative guide helps you to choose a scale crawler best suited for your needs! Happy crawling.