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Monster Truck Madness – Ditchin’ the Foams

Greetings everyone and welcome to another edition of Monster Truck Madness! The great looking retro truck that’s being shown off here was built by my friend Lonny Childress. When talking about the build with him, the subject of foams came up. Specifically, the lack of them. The conversation reminded me that it was something I wanted to touch on here! If you [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – The War Between Wheels and Axles

Hey all, it’s already December and the year is almost over. Time flies, doesn’t it? I had planned on chatting about something else this week, but I feel I need to follow up on last week’s MTM post in which I answered a reader e-mail who was asking me if I knew a way for him to stop blowing out wheels [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – SMT10 Parts Eater

As I fired up the laptop to write this week’s MTM post, this e-mail popped up in my inbox. Great timing!Hello Doug,  I have a family of SMT10’s currently and would like some input/direction. My personal smt10 has most of the usual upgrades, gears, metal axle housings, metal links, etc… What I am struggling with at this moment in time, is [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – What Makes a Monster Truck?

Greetings all, I hope many of you out there are nearing the end of a short work week as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US. I know that I’m looking forward to a long weekend of turkey and being able to tear down my fleet of trucks and give them the once over after a long Summer [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Turn Back the Clock Tuesday

This past weekend I was rummaging around in my basement, checking out some old boxes of Hot Wheels that I snagged from my parents house (yes, I used to collect HW Treasure Hunt cars) when I came across an old Pro-Line Racing flyer-catalog from 2002. This was like being stuck with a nostalgia-filled syringe. It immediately brought me back to high school [...]

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Monster Truck Madness - Granite 3S BLX 4x4 Post-Review Disc…

With our review of the ARRMA Granite 3S BLX 4×4 1/10 RTR now behind us, I wanted to take part in a little post-review discussion as well as go over my immediate plans for the truck. Oh, and if you haven’t read the review that I wrote, you can find it right here. I’ve been helping with vehicle reviews around here [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Remembering “The Claw”

The 80s and early 90s were a magical time for young monster truckers like myself.  In addition to various TV programs and cartoons featuring the rigs, there were some truly awesome toys made available in this era, be it die-cast, battery operated or remote controlled. Being a kid that was absolutely obsessed with monster trucks, I pretty much got my [...]

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Review – ARRMA Granite 3S BLX 4×4 1/10 RTR Brushless Monster

The ARRMA Granite 3S BLX 4×4 1/10 RTR is the latest version of the vaunted Granite platform; a truck that’s taken previous Basher of the Year honors from us in its 2WD form. How does the newest 4×4 version fare? Read on to find out… From: ARRMA RC Direct Link: Granite 3S BLX 4×4 1/10 RTR Review By: Doug Welker Pictures By: Doug Welker #gallery-1 [...]

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Monster Truck Madness - Let's talk about the CEN Racing MT-B…

Hello everyone, welcome to Monster Truck Madness! This week I want to touch on the CEN Racing MT-B50, which was announced about 3 weeks ago. I’ve been meaning to make it a topic of conversation here, it’s just that other things kept getting in the way. That changes this week so let’s gab, shall we? The MT-B50 is a solid axle monster [...]

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Monster Truck Madness - Tamiya Needs to Re-Release the Jugge…

Classic kit re-releases seem to be everywhere these days, but there is one kit that I’ve been waiting on for years to see the light of the day again. A vehicle that if released in the near future at a semi-reasonable price point would do VERY well at the retail counter, methinks. The Tamiya Juggernaut II. Before talking about why I feel [...]

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Event Coverage – JConcepts King of the Monster Trucks

Greetings, o ye of the monster truck faith! This weeks Monster Truck Madness is a day early and a tad different, as I have an event report for you versus the standard blog post. The JConcepts King of the Monster Trucks event was held this past weekend at Vinyl Images in Fenton, MO (just outside St. Louis) and wow, what a [...]

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Monster Truck Madness - Unboxing the ARRMA Granite 4x4 3S BL…

Happy Tuesday! It’s time for Monster Truck Madness. Several weeks ago I wrote that I was trying to decide on a bash-truck, and in today’s blog you can see what I chose – an ARRMA 1/10 GRANITE 4×4 3S BLX Monster Truck RTR. Check out what you’ll find when you open the box: #gallery-16 { margin: auto; } #gallery-16 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 20%; } #gallery-16 [...]

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Monster Truck Madness - A Reader Asks, "How do I get started…

I don’t think I’ve ever answered a reader e-mail since I started doing the Monster Truck Madness blog here on Big Squid, but I was sent a good one last week, so here goes – G’day Doug Firstly mate, thanks for all the brilliant videos you and the trigger king crew share and thanks for doing the monster truck column on Big [...]

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ARRMA Kraton Review

Monster Truck Madness – Odds and Ends

Hey, yo (say it in a Scott Hall accent), time for another Monster Truck Madness. Sort of an odds & ends thaaang this week. Big thanks to all ya’ll that wrote in via e-mail or left a comment in reference to last week’s blog trying to help me pick out which ARRMA bashing monster truck to get. I guess it shouldn’t [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Picking a Bashing Monster Truck

It’s a heck of a time for a hobbyist looking to make their foray into the world of bashing monster trucks. There’s an almost obscene of amount options on the shelves at many hobby shops. Because of this, it can be overwhelming trying to make a decision. How would I know? Well, this is what I’m going through right now. Solid [...]

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