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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-4 { margin: auto; } #gallery-4 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 20%; } #gallery-4 [...]

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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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Monster Truck Madness – Transmission Upgrade for an SMT10

Greetings monster truck nuts! I’d like to talk Axial SMT10 transmissions in a minute, but I’d like to touch on some sad news first. A long-time member of the monster truck community passed away unexpectedly last week, BIGFOOT’s Ron Bachmann. Ron, affectionately known as “Lurch” to many, was a legendary road-warrior and great man. If you’ve ever seen one of the [...]

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Monster Truck Madness - Upgrading to RC4WD King Limited Edit…

Those of us with large collections of r/c’s all have a favorite rig, right? Mine would be my Blue Bomber. At some point I’ll do a full write-up on this monster, but for now I’ll give you the short of it. It’s a one-off prototype chassis that I rescued from the scrap heap a few years ago. It’s based on a Concussion [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – 3D Bodies

Given how popular scale r/c monster trucking has become, to where big companies like Pro-Line and JConcepts are catering to our every whim, I feel pretty spoiled trying to ask for more. But hey, that’s what I’m here for, right? Many of the standard truck bodies that full size monsters have run throughout the years are now available, so let’s get [...]

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JConcepts Shows off new “Golden Year” Monster Truck Tires

The folks at JConcepts have just shown off a brand new monster truck tire, dubbed “Golden Years“, at the Horizon Certified Partners Convention in Champaign, IL.  It was posted on their Facebook page. The Golden Year tire looks to be a throwback to the full size Good Year Flotation Tire that so many classic monster trucks used to run back in [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – King of the Monster Trucks

Greetings gang, happy Tuesday. Today I come to you with an announcement! The JConcepts King of the Monster Trucks event is going to take place October 6-7, 2018 at Vinyl Images in Fenton, MO, and we’d love to see you there! If you’ve never taken part in a solid axle monster truck event before, imagine a full sized event that’s scaled down [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Hold On To Your Nuts

When talking about monster truck upgrades, it can be hard to wrap your head around the sheer variety of options to spice up and bullet proof your ride. Aluminum axle housings. Brushless systems. Fancy tires with closed cell foams. However, arguably the most important and cheapest tech tip that I can give you- check your nuts! Obvious pun oppotunities aside, wheel [...]

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Monster Truck Madness: I Finally Got a Blackfoot

If you enjoy bashing your r/c monster truck, regardless of what brand it is, you should have at least a little respect for the Tamiya Blackfoot. When it released in 1986, it took the r/c world by storm. Or so I’ve been told; hey, I was only 2 back then! Being a monster truck fan, the Blackfoot is a truck that [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Sending It Over a Camper

Leaving a camper around monster trucks is never a good idea, whether 1/10 or full size. My nephew and his buddies rescued an old pick-up bed camper awhile back, and they left it next to our r/c monster truck track on a trailer. I’m sure they thought it was a safe place to put it. Think again! As soon as we arrived [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Offsetting Penalties

Wheel offset is a very important choice when it comes to solid axle monster truck building and setup. In some cases it not only affects performance, but determines whether you can even turn the wheels or not! Until just a few years ago, monster truckers had to make due with stock Tamiya Clod and TXT-1 wheels. This meant getting creative to [...]

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