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Everybody’s Scalin’ – When Enough is Enough

A crawling group can be a fickle beast. Most of the time it’s a gathering of buddies swapping stories and parts. A great way to spend the afternoon outdoors. There are certain individuals that can make it difficult, though. I’ve been lucky in that my group, while being fairly large, has always been made up of great guys and girls. I’ve only [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Portal to Another Dimension

Much ballyhoo has been made about the Traxxas TRX-4 using portal axles, but based on the e-mails we receive I understand that some of you don’t really understand what these are or why they are on the truck in the first place. Let’s talk about them. There are various versions of the portal, but at their heart they all work the [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Scaler Mailbag

It’s a bit of a slow news week around here and I’ve had a couple messages floating around in queue for just such an occasion. Let’s get to them, shall we? hi! i saw that you guys are trying out the Hitec HS-5646WP and i’d like to put one in my trx4 just like the article. my question is, did you need to [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – The Coyote is G6 Certified

Let me start off this holiday weekend edition of Scalin’ by sending my well wishes to all of you Texas and Louisiana readers. I also wanted to give a big “Hello” to my friend Howard from Houston, TX. He owns a HobbyTown USA and, while it sounds like they were spared from the flooding, I just want to let you [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – You May Be an OG Crawler/Scaler If?

Greetings all. Top o’ the weekend to you! As crawling/scaling has reached maturity, it’s always fun to think back and reminisce about what used to be. This week I thought I’d put together a funny list that many of you old timers can hopefully relate to. You may be an OG Scaler and/or crawler if: – You remember the X-Trail chassis. – You’re [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Explaining the BEC

A BEC is one of the most important upgrades you can make to your scaler, but it’s also one of the most confusing. While noobs are not surprisingly usually a bit in the dark on what one is, even long time hobbyists can sometimes be aloof. Let’s start with the “what”. A BEC (Battery Eliminator Circuit) is a device that allows [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – A Run Around the News

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a general “what’s new in scaling” type-post, and I figure we are overdue. First up is the Thunder Tiger Toyota Hilux. The other day TT posted a pretty sweet video of the truck in action. Gotta say, it looks pretty capable. We are hoping to get one of these for review soon, so you can [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – The Ripper

The biggest news in the scaling community as of late was Vanquish Products announcing their ultra high-end “Ripper Project” would be available for order to those interested in getting one. Everything on the chassis/body is custom machined out of billet aluminum, save for a few 3D printed accessories. The price? $1,899. You then have to supply additional parts to complete the build. [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – It’s Friggin’ Hot

I’m no sissy when it comes to scaling in the elements. I’ve done G6 competitions in the sweltering heat and long trail runs in zero degree weather with the snow falling. It’s all part of the game. Still, the heat wave that has engulfed the midwest for the last two weeks has me crying uncle. I had been laying low, but last [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Favorite Kind of Trail

R/C trailing can be a wildly different experience depending on what area you’re running in. There could be intense technical rock crawling or none whatsoever. Mud and trees or sun and sand. When exploring a new spot, this sort of mystery is part of the experience. It’s weird how my tastes have changed over the years. I used to be all [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Lipo Tips for the Trail

It’s been a long time since I’ve discussed batteries which, shame on me, are often the subject of e-mails that I receive from noobs. I’ve neglected the topic for far too long, so here we go. Here are a few tips on selection and safety, as it pertains to r/c trail trucks. Let’s do it scatter-shots style. Battery mAh and C rating – [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Rust in Piece

Man, this summer has been flying by. Can’t believe it’s already the weekend of the 4th! Not sure what it’s been like in your particular neck of the woods, but here in Missouri we’ve had temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s for the better part of two weeks. Normally you can cook an egg on the sidewalk this time of year, [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – The Joys of a Good Radio

One of the most peculiar things about large trail runs are the abundance of cheap radios that you see. Now, that would not be a surprise if all of the vehicles were standard run-of-the-mill RTR’s, but most are not. There are rigs completely decked out to the 9’s with expensive power plants, high dollar servos, more aluminum than a Coca-Cola factory….and [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Father’s Day Weekend Edition

My dad helped me get into the hobby back in 1993. I was 9 years old and he knew how much I enjoyed playing with my toy store grade trucks so he brought me to a hobby shop for the first time. All Season’s Hobby and Raceway (RIP) in O’Fallon, MO to be exact. I didn’t have a car, but [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – When a Gimmick Ceases to Be a Gimmick

Another week, more time spent with our TRX4. I ****-you-not, our review vehicle has had more miles put on the odometer in one month than several of our scalers have had put on them during their entire lives. I’ve also never seen so much interest in a vehicle from the non-hardcore crawlers at BSRC. I mean, even Cubby is gaga over [...]

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