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Everybody’s Scalin’ – All Aboard, Next Stop the Holidays

Crazy how fast this year has gone, as we are on the precipice of my favorite week. Thanksgiving week, that is. I’m a big fan for one simple reason, as I’m sure many of you are – it’s typically the shortest work week of the year! Around 4 years ago I started a tradition of doing a “holiday build” during the [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Spintires: Mudrunner

It’s a super exciting time for scaling. Axial just announced an updated version of the SCX10.2. Vaterra just announced a sweet Ford truggy version of the Ascender. The RC4WD Marlin is hitting stores. We just completed our 1.9 Scaler Shoot-out. There’s a lot going on, folks. Before getting into the topic at hand, I just wanted to mention that I will [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Bustin’ Broncs

Traxxas made a big splash this week with several big announcements pertaining to the TRX-4 platform. The first, and most “visual”, of the announcements was that a Bronco shell will be available. No word on the wheelbase of the body, but it will most likely be the same as the Defender, right under 13″. It’ll come in red and sunset. Hopefully [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Tuff Trucks

This week I wanted to share a winter project with you. Yeah, I know it’s not technically winter, but still. Close enough. My group of friends has long been wanting to add a “tuff truck” class to our monster truck racing club. For those unfamiliar with what that is, it’s a form of full size off-road racing that’s popular on the [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Eliminator Pulling Sled Project

Yeah, so this is a post that’s been waaaaaay overdue. Last year I wrote about how I had scored a classic Hobbico MaxTrax Eliminator Pulling Sled, with the plans to cover my restoration of it. Well, as it always does for projects, time got away from me. Fear not though, for the sled came out great! I had to strip every single [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – A Whole Lotta Stuff Going On

Apologies for missing a few usual posts the last couple weeks, but it’s been crazy around here. It’ll be 4 years helping out the Big Squid crew later this month for me, and with no hyperbole I can say the last couple weeks have been the busiest. We have a ton of scaler content about ready to drop over the next month, [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – 1.9″ Tire Size Reference

I think most would agree that owning a 1.9 rig is what gives you the true scaling experience. The “training wheel” guys may disagree (aka 2.2), but 1.9’s are definitely the most popular, if nothing else. Given that most of us don’t have access to truly mountainous and/or wild environments to play in right around our houses, it’s usually the best combination [...]

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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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