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Everybody’s Scalin’ – How Important Is Licensing to You?

Official licensing is something that’s been around as long as the hobby itself. Whether it’s a Ford Ranger monster truck, a Ferrari pan car or a Toyota rock crawler, both manufacturer and consumer have flocked to smaller representations of the real thing. So with that in mind, my question this week is “How important is licensing to you?”. When the scale [...]

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Monster Truck Madness #8 – Why the Clod Endures

Few, if any radio controlled model kits have lived the life of Tamiya’s infamous Clodbuster. So, how does a vehicle that was released 30 years ago not only remain relevant, but also be arguably the most popular it’s ever been, save for maybe the early 90’s? I know that many non-monster truck people actively wonder this. For them, I’ll try and [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – More Discussion On the ECX Barrage

Last week we posted our review of the 1/12 ECX Barrage Crawler, and I’m happy that we did so I can finally talk more in depth on the crawl-ability of the little truck. One of my favorite things in the hobby is when something completely surprises me, and such was the case with the Barrage. Sure, it looks like a decent enough [...]

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Review – 1/12 ECX Barrage RTR

ECX is a brand name that bashers are very familiar with thanks to their reputation for putting out tough vehicles at low price points. They are now looking to make a splash in the scale crawler market with their RTR 1/12 Barrage from Horizon Hobby. In a time where small scale crawlers are red hot, the Barrage is something of an in-between [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Yin to my Yang

Earlier this week in my Monster Truck Madness column, I wrote about the importance of mental toughness when racing r/c monster trucks. If MT racing is my Yin, then scaling is my Yang. Where one is intense and draining (race days are long days), the latter helps me relax and is a great way to recharge my mind. Being out in nature [...]

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Monster Truck Madness #7 – Head Games

The more I do it, the more I realize that competitive r/c monster truck racing is a battle against myself, not the opponent. I think that’s why I love it so much. Before getting to that though, let’s talk about the nuts and bolts of the actual race format for those of you that are uninitiated. At the core of it, monster [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Dodongo Dislikes Smoke

Happy Zelda launch day to all my fellow gaming nerds! I’m actually writing this post from my Nintendo Switch….ok, that’s a lie. The Nintendo Switch has no internet browser currently. Hey, I did plan on it at least! Get with it, Nintendo. Anyways, it’s been awhile since I’ve done a scatter-shots type look at recent scaling news, and lately there has [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Fuel Engines

For about 10 years I was a big nitro guy. This wasn’t because I enjoyed it over electricity, it’s because that’s where the hobby was at during the late 90’s through mid 2000’s. Nitro was messy, loud, somewhat dangerous if you weren’t careful (killing a motor by clogging up the exhaust burnt many fingertips!), headache inducing by way of fumes and [...]

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Monster Truck Madness #6 - Getting Started with an Axial SMT…

I’ve been waiting to do a big write-up on the Axial SMT10 for awhile now, so I figured after purchasing and modifying my second one (and with a third in the near future as well) it was high time I talked about it. Since I nabbed my first one back in August I’ve spent more time wrenching, driving, racing and freestyling [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Specifications on the HPI Venture FJ

It may of taken awhile, but the HPI Venture FJ is finally about to see release! Ahead of that, official specifications have come out and there are some interesting things to discuss, for sure. I’m going to hit on what I find to be the most interesting aspects of the rig, but you can view the whole spec sheet right here. It’s great [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – The Traxxas Scaler

You guys knew I’d be talking about the Traxxas truck this week, right? When I first saw the photos making their rounds last weekend, I actually thought it was a hoax at first. People have done this several times in regards to Traxxas releasing a scaler. It took awhile before I could confirm it was real, but yes, it was indeed. I [...]

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Monster Truck Madness #5 – 4x4x4

Back in my Bigfoot days, a commonly asked question from many a casual fan was “What does 4x4x4 mean?” For those that don’t know, that slogan used to be painted on many of the trucks. 4x4x4 means four wheel drive with four wheel steering. When people think of monster trucks, four wheel steering (from here on out 4WS) is probably one [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – What got you into scaling?

Last week there was a chain message going around Facebook where if you got tagged, you had to post a picture of your first r/c crawler and describe how you got into it. I got tagged by a few friends…but I abhor those things so I never did my part. I figured it would be better to just share it [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Tire Wishlist

Last week Pro-Line made some headlines in announcing their boss looking 1.9″ Interco Bogger tire. The gigantic mud tires got me thinking about what tires I’d like to see done in the future. Many popular off-road tires have already been replicated in r/c size; some, like by several companies even, like the aforementioned Boggers. Still, there are pieces of rubber out [...]

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Monster Truck Madness #4: The T-Maxx Conquers the World

It’s hard to believe that the launch of the Traxxas T-Maxx was 18 years ago. There have been a lot of releases before and since, but nothing compares to the seismic shift that occured in this industry back in 1999. Given how much time has passed (I was a sophomore in high school!), I’m sure there are many of you that [...]

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