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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Redcat Everest GEN-7 Discussion

Ever since the announcement of Redcat’s Everest GEN-7 scaler was made, we have gotten e-mails from fans of the company begging us to talk about it (sometimes in not-so-nice terms). The reason it hasn’t been talked about much is because it’s not an actual physical product yet. That said, with the 3D renders out there as well the price point, I’ll [...]

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Monster Truck Madness #10 – Track Styles

When two r/c monster trucks are together in the same place at the same time, be it toy grade or the latest 6S bashing animal, it’s only natural to want to race them. And if you’re gonna race them, why not use a makeshift course similar to the real thing? Whether you are just having some fun at the bash spot with [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Imagine Scaling in the 90’s

When talking about modern amenities like brushless and lipo, I’ve often poked fun at how different scaling would be should those not exist. For laughs, let’s talk about what scaling probably would’ve been like, would it of gotten popular sometime in the 90’s. First of all, a big trail run would be a heck of a lot smaller than nowadays thanks to [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Brushed vs Sensored Brushless Revisted

I thought it would be pertinent to tackle a topic that I once wrote something about 3 years ago, as where I was somewhat in the middle back then, I definitely have a solid opinion now. Back when I originally wrote that, my view was skewed towards using a high turn brushed motor on 3S power because it was cheaper and, in [...]

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Monster Truck Madness #9 – Are Solid Axle Monsters For You?

Given that I’m a loudmouth constantly spouting off about the greatness of solid axle monster trucks, you may see the question posed in the title of this article and immediately assume my answer is “YES”. That’s not the case though. As much as I enjoy working on and driving them, they can be fickle beasts and therefore aren’t necessarily for everyone. I’m [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Lie in the Utility Bed That You Made

A long period of relative quiet has given way to a deluge of releases by Pro-Line. The coolest thing? It’s that sweet, sweet utility bed. (note, I’ll discuss the monster truck stuff in an upcoming Monster Truck Madness). I’m pretty numb to factory promo shots, having seen a million of them, but damn if that chase-style Ford sporting the new bed isn’t [...]

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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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